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Gibson Group: Dr Cecillia Ieong


Cecilia was born in Hong Kong and then raised in Macau till she was 19. After that, she spent 4 years at the University of Toronto to pursue her Hon. BSc in Chemistry, graduating with a distinction. In 2004, she joined the group of Professor Ian Manners where she started off working on the kinetic studies and the polymerization of phosphine-borane adducts. She then continued as a final year project student studying the photolytic reactivity of [1]ferrocenophanes. After that, she moved to the UK for a Ph.D. degree with Professor Ian Manners where she was involved in investigating the strain-controlled photoreactivity of [1]ferrocenophanes as well as the synthesis and the self-assembly of novel polyferrocene-based block copolymers. She joined the group of Prof. Rachel O'Reilly in Nov 2009 as a postdoctoral researcher working on thermoresponsive polymers before joining the Dove group in October 2011 to study the synthesis of biodegradable polymers for controlled release. She started in the Gibson group in Feb 2013, working on gold nanoparticles for diagnostics. In her spare time, Cecilia also enjoys running and cooking.

Research Interests


pH-Responsive chiral nanostructures, J. Du, H. Willcock, N. S. Ieong, R. K. O'Reilly, Aust. J. Chem. (2011), 64, 1041-1046.

Crystal growth inhibition of tetrahydrofuran hydrate with poly(N-vinyl piperidone) and other poly(N-vinyl lactam) homopolymers. O'Reilly, R., Ieong, N. S., Chua, P.C., Kelland, M. A., Chem. Eng. Sci., (2011), 66, 6555-6560

The critical importance of size on thermoresponsive nanoparticle transition temperatures: gold and micelle-based polymer nanoparticles, Ieong, N. S., Brebis, K., Daniel, L. E., O'Reilly, R. K.; Gibson, M. I., Chem. Commun., (2011), 47, 11627-11629

The missing lactam poly(N-vinyl lactam) kinetic hydrate inhibitor – high pressure kinetic hydrate inhibition of structure II gas hydrates with poly(N-vinyl piperidone) and other poly (N-vinyl lactam) homopolymers, Chua, P. C.; Ieong, N. S.; O’Reilly, R. K.; Kelland, M., Energy and Fuels, (2011), 25, 4595-4599.

The Missing Lactam – Thermoresponsive and biocompatible poly(N-vinylpiperidone) by xanthate-mediated RAFT polymerization. Ieong, N. S., Redhead, M., Bosquillon C., Alexander C., Kelland M., O’Reilly R. K. Macromolecules (2011), 44, 886-893.

Stereocomplexation in novel degradable amphiphilic block copolymer micelles of poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(benzyl α-malate). Pounder, R. J.; Willcock, H.; Ieong, N. S.; O'Reilly, R. K.; Dove, A. P. Soft Matter, (2011), 7, 10987 - 10993.

Anionic ring-opening polymerization of a germanium-bridged [1]ferrocenophanes: synthesis and morphology of well-defined polyferrocenylgermane homopolymers and block copolymers. Ieong, N. S., Manners, I. Macromol. Chem. Phy. (2009), 210, 1080-1086.

Complex and hierarchical micelle architectures from diblock copolymers using living crystallization-driven polymerization. Gädt, T., Ieong, N. S., Cambridge, G., Winnik, M. A., Manners, I. Nat. Mater. (2009), 8, 144-150.

Photoinduced iron-cyclopenadienyl (Fe-Cp) bond cleavage reactions and photocontrolled polymerizations of strained [1]ferrocenophanes. Ieong, N. S., Manners, I. J. Organomet. Chem. (2008), 693, 802-807.

Photoinduced Fe-Cp bond cleavage and insertion reactions of strained silicon- and sulphur-bridged [1]ferrocenophanes in the presence of transition metal carbonyls. Ieong, N. S., Chan, W. Y., Lough, A. J., Haddow, M. F., Manners, I. Chem. Eur. J. (2008), 14, 1253-1263.


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