Shuit-Tong Lee

Hans Fischer Senior Fellow

Suochow University

Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials (FUNSOM)

Martin Stutzmann

Focus Group
Functional Nanosystems

Short CV

Shuit-Tong Lee is the Chair Professor of Materials Science and Director of the Center of Super-Diamond and Advanced Films (COSDAF), City University of Hong Kong. He received his B.Sc. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, his M.S. from the University of Rochester, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of British Columbia, all in Chemistry. He was a Research fellow in the Department of Chemistry, University of California and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. He joined City University of Hong Kong in 1994 and is the founding Director of COSDAF. Lee is the founding Director of the Nano-organic Photoelectronic Laboratory, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, CAS, Beijing. He is an advisory professor of several Universities in Mainland China, including Peking University, Fudan University, Zhejiang University, Institute of Physics, etc.

Selected Awards

  • 2006, Hsun Lee Lecture Award, Institute of Metal Research, CAS, Shenyang
  • 2005, National Natural Science Award (2nd Class Award), State Council of the People's Republic of China
  • 2002, National Natural Science Award (2nd Class Award), State Council of the People's Republic of China
  • 2002, Croucher Senior Research Fellowship Award, Hong Kong
  • 2001, Humboldt Research Award, Germany
  • 1999, Shenyang Science and Technology Award (1st Class Award), Shenyang

Research Interests

Lee works on the research of nanomaterials and nanoscience. He and his team are interested in developing controlled synthesis of nanomaterials. They have developed oxide-assisted growth method for semiconductor nanomaterials, and metal-assisted etching method to prepare large-area Si nanowires from Si wafers. These synthetic methods have excellent advantages such as simplicity, low-cost, high-yield, etc. Lee is also interested in studying the surface, electronic, structural and optical properties (Laser) of nanomaterials. His group is focused on developing nanomaterials for energy regeneration and reduction, biomedical, and catalysis applications. Lee also research on organic electronics, organic emitting diode (OLED) display technology, thin films and super-hard coatings, surface science and modification.

Selected Publications

  • Tang, Y. B.; Chen, Z. H.; Song, H. S.; Lee, C. S.; Cong, H. T.; Cheng, H. M.; Zhang, W. J.; Bello, I.; Lee, S. T.: Vertically Aligned p-Type Single-Crystalline GaN Nanorod Arrays on n-Type Si for Heterojunction Photovoltaic Cells. Nano Letters 8 (12), 2008, 4191-4195.
  • He, Yao; Kang, Zhen-Hui; Li, Quan-Song; Tsang, Chi Him A.; Fan, Chun-Hai; Lee, Shuit-Tong: Ultrastable, Highly Fluorescent, and Water-Dispersed Silicon-Based Nanospheres as Cellular Probes. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 48 (1), 2008, 128-132.
  • Yuan, G. D.; Zhang, W. J.; Jie, J. S.; Fan, X.; Zapien, J. A.; Leung, Y. H.; Luo, L. B.; Wang, P. F.; Lee, C. S.; Lee, S. T.: p-Type ZnO Nanowire Arrays. Nano Letters 8 (8), 2008, 2591-2597.
  • Lee, S. T.; Lifshitz, Y.: Materials science: The road to diamond wafers. Nature 424 (6948), 2003, 500-501.
  • Ma, D. D. D.: Small-Diameter Silicon Nanowire Surfaces. Science 299 (5614), 2003, 1874-1877.
  • Lifshitz, Y.: The Mechanism of Diamond Nucleation from Energetic Species. Science 297 (5586), 2002, 1531-1533.
  • Lifshitz, Y.; Duan, X. F.; Shang, N. G.; Li, Q.; Wan, L.; Bello, I.; Lee, S. T.: Nanostructure: Epitaxial diamond polytypes on silicon. Nature 412 (6845), 2001, 404-404.
  • Lee, S. T.: A Nucleation Site and Mechanism Leading to Epitaxial Growth of Diamond Films. Science 287 (5450), 2000, 104-106.

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow


  • He, Yao; Zhong, Yiling; Peng, Fei; Wei, Xinpan; Su, Yuanyuan; Lu, Yimei; Su, Shao; Gu, Wei; Liao, Liangsheng; Lee, Shuit-Tong: One-Pot Microwave Synthesis of Water-Dispersible, Ultraphoto- and pH-Stable, and Highly Fluorescent Silicon Quantum Dots. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133 (36), 2011, 14192-14195 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • He, Yao; Zhong, Yiling; Su, Yuanyuan; Lu, Yimei; Jiang, Ziyun; Peng, Fei; Xu, Tingting; Su, Shao; Huang, Qing; Fan, Chunhai; Lee, Shuit-Tong: Water-Dispersed Near-Infrared-Emitting Quantum Dots of Ultrasmall Sizes for In Vitro and In Vivo Imaging. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 50 (25), 2011, 5695-5698 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )


  • He, Yao; Su, Yuanyuan; Yang, Xiaobao; Kang, Zhenhui; Xu, Tingting; Zhang, Ruiqin; Fan, Chunhai; Lee, Shuit-Tong: Photo and pH Stable, Highly-Luminescent Silicon Nanospheres and Their Bioconjugates for Immunofluorescent Cell Imaging. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131 (12), 2009, 4434-4438 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Kang, Zhenhui; Liu, Yang; Tsang, Chi Him A.; Ma, Dorothy Duo Duo; Fan, Xia; Wong, Ning-Bew; Lee, Shuit-Tong: Water-Soluble Silicon Quantum Dots with Wavelength-Tunable Photoluminescence. Adv. Mater. 21 (6), 2009, 661-664 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )