Edward R.T. Tiekink

Edward R.T. Tiekink

Distinguished Professor & Head
Research Centre for Crystalline Materials
School of Science and Technology


DSc, University of Melbourne, Australia (2006)
PhD, University of Melbourne, Australia (1985)
BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne, Australia (1982)



Email: edwardt@sunway.edu.my



Professor Dr Edward R. T. Tiekink is a Distinguished Professor and Head of the Research Centre for Crystalline Materials at Sunway University. Professor Tiekink received his formal academic qualifications at the University of Melbourne, culminating in a DSc in 2006, in recognition of his work in chemical crystallography and metal-based drugs.  His first academic appointment was at the University of Adelaide which he left in 2001, after 16 years of service, to take up a variety of appointments in a number of continents.  During this time, he pursued his scientific interests in chemical crystallography, producing many structures over this period.  His scientific passion is delineating the factors promoting crystallisation with a focus on weak, emerging interactions as identifiable points of contact between molecules.  Over and above his interests in chemical crystallography, Professor Tiekink oversees a mature and exciting research programme in developing metal-based drugs.


Research Interests

  1. Intermolecular interactions
  2. Molecular crystallography
  3. Crystal engineering
  4. Metal-based drugs
  5. Bioinorganic chemistry


Notable Publications

  • Caracelli, I., Haiduc, I., Zukerman-Schpector, J., & Tiekink, E. R. T. (2017). A new non-covalent bonding mode in supramolecular chemistry: Main group element lone-pair-π(arene) interactions. In Johnson D. W. & Hof F. (Eds.), Aromatic interactions: Frontiers in knowledge and application (pp. 98–123). Cambridge, UK: The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  • Jotani, M. M., Poplaukhin, P., Arman, H. D. M., & Tiekink, E. R. T. (2017). Supramolecular association in (μ2-pyrazine)-tetrakis(N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-dithiocarbamato)dizinc(II) and its di-dioxane solvate. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, 232, 287–298.

  • Ooi, K. K., Yeo, C. I., Mahandaran, T., Ang, K. P., Akim, A. M., Cheah, Y. -K., & Tiekink, E. R. T. (2017). G2/M cell cycle arrest on HT-29 cancer cells and toxicity assessment of triphenylphosphanegold(I) carbonimidothioates, Ph3PAu[SC(OR)=NPh], R = Me, Et, and iPr, during zebrafish development. Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 166, 173–181.

  • Tiekink, E. R. T., & Henderson, W. (2017). Coordination chemistry of 3- and 4-mercaptobenzoate ligands: Versatile hydrogen- bonding isomers of the thiosalicylate (2-mercaptobenzoate) ligand. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 341, 19–52.

  • Tiekink, E. R. T. (2017). Supramolecular assembly based on “emerging” intermolecular interactions of particular interest to coordination chemists. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 345, 209–228.

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