Loyola University Chicago

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Lee, Wei-Tsung

Title/s:  Associate Professor

Specialty Area: Inorganic Chemistry

Office #:  FH-402A

Phone: 773.508.3205


External Webpage: https://sites.google.com/site/leeinorganiclab/


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Indiana University – Bloomington, 2013–2014
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, New Mexico State University, 2012–2013
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, The University of Iowa, 2011

Research Interests

Our research is concerned with synthetic and physical inorganic chemistry to address current scientific challenges in areas such as fundamental inorganic chemistry, medicinal inorganic chemistry, and renewable energy. We will focus on the incorporation of earth-abundant metal and highly tunable ligands to control both physical properties and chemical reactivity.

Students in the group can expect to undertake synthetic and spectroscopic investigations of air-sensitive materials. In addition, students will receive broad training in synthesis, by designing and preparing molecular complexes, and in physical methods, by investigating compounds using techniques such as spectroscopy, crystallography, and voltammetry.

Selected Publications

Gerard, T.; Wei, Y.; Weerewardhana, E.; Lugosan, A.; Zeller, M.; Dickie, D.; Li, P.; Lee, W.-T. An Inorganic Fluorescent Chemosensor: Rational Design and Selective Mg2+ DetectionPolyhedron2022228, 116155.

Lugosan, A.; Todtz, S. R.; Alcázar, A.; Zeller, M.; Devery, J. J., III, Wei-Tsung Lee* Synthesis and characterization of trigonal bipyramidal Fe(III) complexes and their solution behavior. Polyhedron, 2021, 208, 115384.

Lugosan, A.; Kawamura, A.; Dickie, D. A.; Zeller, M.; Anderson, J.; Lee, W.-T.* Magnetically Coupled Iron Azide Chains. Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2021, 516, 120150.

Lugosan, A.; Cundari, T. R.; Fleming, K.; Dickie, D. A.; Zeller, Z.; Ghannam, J.; Lee, W.-T.* Synthesis, Characterization, DFT Calculations, and Reactivity Study of a Nitrido-Bridged Dimeric Vanadium(IV) Complex. Dalton Trans. 2020, 49, 1200-1206.

Ghannam, J.; Sun, A.; Cundari, R. T.; Zeller, M.; Lugosan, A.; Stanek, C. M.; Lee, W.-T.* Intramolecular C–H functionalization followed by a [2σ+2π]-addition via an Intermediate Nickel Nitridyl Complex. Inorg. Chem. 2019, 58, 7131-7135.

Lee, W.-T.,* Zeller, M.; Upp, D.; Politanska, Y.; Steinman, D.; Al Assil, T.; Becker, D. P.* Iron(II) complexes of dimethyltriazacyclophane. Acta Cryst. C, 2018.74, 1641-1649.

Jorge, M. L.; Lee, W.-T.; Pink, M.; Chen, C.-C.; Smith, J. M.* Heteroleptic Nickel Complexes of a Bulky Bis(carbene)borate Ligand. Polyhedron, 2018, 156, 297-302.

Ghannam, J.; Al Assil, T.; Pankratz, T. C.; Lord; R. L.; Zeller, M.; Lee, W.-T.* A Series of 4- and 5-Coordinate Ni(II) Complexes: Synthesis, Characterization, Spectroscopic, and DFT Studies. Inorg. Chem. 2018, 57, 8307-8316.

O'Brien, P.; Zeller, M.; Lee, W.-T.* Crystal Structure of (2-(((8-aminonaphthalen-1-yl)imino)methyl)-4,6- di-tertbutylphenolato)-bromo-nickel(II). Acta Cryst. E, 2018, 74, 469-473.

Lee, W.-T.*; Zeller, M.; Lugosan, A. Bis(triazenide), Tris(triazenide), and Lantern-Type of Triazenide Iron Complexes: Synthesis and Structural Characterization. Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2018, 477, 109-113.

Lin, H.-J.; Lutz, S.; O’Kane, C.; Zeller, M.; Chen, C.-H.; Al Assil, T.; Lee, W.-T.* Synthesis and Characterization of an Iron Complex Bearing a Hemilabile NNN-pincer for Catalytic Hydrosilylation of Organic Carbonyl Compounds. Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 3243-3247.

Martinez, J. L.; Lin, H.-J.; Lee, W.-T.; Pink, M.; Chen, C.-C.; Gao, X.; Dickie, D. A.; Smith, J. M.* “Cyanide Ligand Assembly by Carbon Atom Transfer to an Iron NitrideJ. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 14037–14040.

Bucinsky, L.; Breza, M.; Lee, W.-T.; Hickey, A. K.; Dickie, D. A.; Nieto, I.; DeGayner, J. A.; Harris, T. D.; Meyer, K.; Krzystek, J.; Ozarowski, A.; Nehrkorn, J.; Schnegg, A.; Holldack, K.; Herber, R. H.; Telser, J.*; Smith, J. M.* Spectroscopic and Computational Studies of Spin States of Iron(IV) Nitrido and Imido Complexes. Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 4752-4769.

Weerawardhana, E. A.; Pena, A.; Zeller, M.; Lee, W.-T.* Synthesis and Characterization of Iron and Cobalt Complexes with an Asymmetric N-alkyl,N’-aryl-b-diketiminate Ligand. Inorg. Chim, Acta 2017, 460, 29-34. (invited to "Young Investigator" special issue)

Hickey, A. K.; Lee, W.-T.; Chen, C.-H.; Pink, M. Smith J. M.* A Bidentate Carbene Ligand Stabilizes a Low-Coordinate Iron(0) Carbonyl Complex. Organometallics, 2016, 35, 3069-3073.

Muñoz, S. B.;ǂ Lee, W.-T.; ǂ Dickie, D. A.; Scepaniak, J. J.; Subedi, D. Pink, M.; Johnson, M. D.; Smith, J. M.* Styrene Aziridination by Iron(IV) Nitrides. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2015, 127, 10746-10749. ǂ These two authors contributed equally to this paper.

Juarez. R. A.; Lee, W.-T.; Wang, H.*; Smith, J. M.* Computational evaluation of tris(carbene)borate donor properties in {NiNO}10 complexes. Dalton Trans., 2014. 43, 14689-14695.

Lee, W.-T.; Jeon, I.-R.; Xu, S.; Dickie, D. A.; Pink, M.; Smith, J. M.* Low Coordinate Iron(II) Complexes of a Bulky Bis(carbene)borate Ligand. Organometallics, 2014, 33, 5654-5659.

Lee, W.-T.; Juarez. R. A.; Scepaniak, J. J.; Muñoz, S. B.; Wang, H.; Dickie, D. A.; Smith, J. M.* Reaction of an Iron(IV) Nitrido Complex with Cyclohexadienes: Cycloaddition and Hydrogen Atom Abstraction. Inorg. Chem. 2014, 53, 8425-8430. (Highlight article)

Lee, W.-T.; Muñoz, S. B.; Dickie, D. A.; Smith, J. M.* Ligand Modification Transforms a Catalase Mimic into a Water Oxidation Catalyst. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2014, 37, 10014-10017.

Lee, W.-T.; Dickie, D. A.; Metta-Magaña, A. J.; Smith, J. M.* A Tripodal Ligand Constructed from Mesoionic Carbene Donors. Inorg. Chem. 2013, 52, 12842-12846.

Lee, W.-T.; Xu, S.; Dickie, D. A.; Smith, J. M.* A Robust Mn Catalyst for H2O2 Disproportionation in Aqueous Solution. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2013, 3867-3873.

Rohde, J.-U.*; Lee, W.-T. Stabilization of Iridium(IV) by Monoanionic Dialkyldiarylguanidinato Ligands. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 9162-9163.

Rohde, J.-U.*; Kelley, M. R.; Lee, W.-T. Synthesis, Characterization, and O2-Reactivity of Iridium(I) Complexes Supported by Guanidinato Ligands. Inorg. Chem. 2008, 47, 11461-11463.

Chang, Y.-T.; Wang, Y.-M.*; Lee, W.-T.; Cheng, T.-L.; Liu, G.-C. Synthesis and Characterization of a New Bioactivated Paramagnetic Gadolinium(III) Complex [Gd(DOTA-FPG)(H2O)] for Tracing Gene Expression. Bioconjugate Chem. 2007, 18, 1716-1727.

Cheng, T.-H.; Lee, W.-T.; Jeng, J.-S.; Wu, C.-M.; Liu, G.-C.; Chiang, Y.-N.; Wang, Y.-M.* Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel Paramagnetic Macromolecular Complex [Gd(TTDASQ-protamine)]. Dalton.Trans. 2006 ,47, 5149-5155.

Ou, M.-H.; Tu, C.-H.; Tsai, S.-C.; Lee, W.-T.; Liu, G.-C.; Wang, Y.-M.* Synthesis and Physicochemical Characterization of Two Gadolinium(III) TTDA-like Complexes and Their Interaction with Human Serum Albumin. Inorg. Chem. 2006, 45, 244-254.