Weng Kee Leong

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Zidovudine (azidothymidine, AZT) was the first drug approved for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) treatment. Unfortunately, AZT is known to lead to severe side effects, many of which are generally thought to result from increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. In this work, the pro-oxidative properties of AZT and other thymidine analogues were(More)
The synthesis and anti-tumoral properties of a series of compounds possessing a ferrocenyl group tethered to a catechol via a conjugated system is presented. On MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cell lines, the catechol compounds display a similar or greater anti-proliferative potency (IC(50) values ranging from 0.48-1.21 μM) than their corresponding phenolic(More)
We report, for the first time, the use of a water-soluble organometallic compound as a stable, reliable and high-contrast photoacoustic contrast agent. This gives a significantly higher contrast than that achievable with alternatives such as single-walled carbon nanotubes. Image enhancement of the rat cerebral cortex vasculature was observed using in vivo(More)
Conjugates of organometallic osmium carbonyl clusters and gold nanoparticles show a strong carbonyl signal in surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. The ease of bio-functionalization and the high stability and good dispersibility in aqueous solution make these conjugates excellent candidates for biomedical applications, as demonstrated by live-cell imaging(More)
A triosmium carbonyl cluster-boronic acid conjugate is used as a secondary carbohydrate probe in a SERS-based assay. The assay does not require conjugation of the metal carbonyl probe to a SERS-active species, and it utilizes the CO stretching vibrations of the metal carbonyl, which lies in a silent region of the SERS spectrum (1800-2200 cm(-1)), for(More)
A transition metal carbonyl species, Cr(CO)(4)dpp, has been successfully attached to bare silver nanoparticles prepared by laser ablation of a metal foil in ethanol. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images have shown that at least a portion of the silver nanoparticles have been capped by the chromium species, and ligand shells corresponding to(More)
Pyrolysis of the organometallic polymer [Ru(CO) 4] infinity affords metallic ruthenium nanofibers. The molecular structure, especially the presence of metal-metal bonds, appears to direct the aggregation of the metal atom chains upon loss of the carbonyl ligands.
The interaction between the osmium clusters [Os3(CO)12], [Os3(CO)10(mu-H)2], [Os3(CO)10(mu-H)(mu-OH)], and a series containing a free functional group, viz., [Os3(CO)10(mu-H)(mu-S--EH)] (where -- =alkylwedge chain or an aromatic ring, E=COO, S or O), with SiO2, ZnO and In2O3, was examined by ToF-SIMS and IR spectroscopy. While the interaction with the(More)
The vibrational relaxation dynamics of the four infrared active carbonyl (CO) stretching normal modes of Os(3)(CO)(12) at 2068 cm(-1), 2034 cm(-1), 2014 cm(-1), and 2002 cm(-1) were measured using broad-band frequency resolved pump-probe spectroscopy. Transient absorption spectra of these modes were collected, and the fundamental, overtone, and combination(More)