Research Area / Expertise

Professor Ian D WILLIAMS

(PhD, University of Bristol, 1983)

Head and Professor

Phone: 2358 7373
Room: 4511
Solid state chemistry and chemical crystallography, crystal Engineering.Structures and modify the properties of crystalline solids through controlled design of their internal structure or architecture. A variety of methods of synthesis are used including solvothermal and flux approaches. Areas range from organic crystals (including natural products, co-crystals, N-H-O hydrogen bonds, pharmaceutical formulation, chiral determination and resolution) to metal-organic network polymers and inorganic and hybrid framework crystals.

Professor Guochen JIA
(PhD, Ohio State, 1989)

Chair Professor

Phone: 2358 7361
Email: chjiag@ust.hk
Room: CYT 6009
Synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry, catalysis. Design, synthesis, and characterization of inorganic and organometallic compounds.

Professor Xiao-Yuan LI
(Ph.D, Princeton University, 1988)

Chair Professor

Phone: 2358 7356
Room: 4516
Bio-physical, Bio-analytical and Bio-inorganic chemistry.
Chemistry problems derived from life sciences.

Professor Ben Zhong TANG
(PhD, Kyoto University, 1988)

Stephen Kam Chuen Cheong Professor of Science;
Chair Professor

Phone: 2358 7375
Email: tangbenz@ust.hk
Room: CYT 6002
Polymer Chemistry, Materials Science, and Biomedical Engineering. Exploration of new polymerization reactions, synthesis of new functional (macro)molecules, decipherment of new luminescent processes, creation of new advanced materials, and development of new fluorescent biosensors.

Professor Ching W TANG

(PhD, Cornell University, 1975)

IAS Bank of East Asia Professor;
Chair Professor of Department of Chemistry, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering and Department of Physics

Phone: 3469 2308
Email: chingtang@ust.hk
Room: IAS2010
Chemical and condensed matter physics, in particular in organic electronics. General areas of Chemical and Condensed Matter Physics, and in particular in organic electronics.

Professor Wei-Min DAI

(PhD, Kyoto University, 1990)


Phone: 2358 7365
Email: chdai@ust.hk
Room: CYT 6012
Synthetic organic and bioorganic chemistry. Chirality & catalysis, and synthesis of bioactive molecules including diverted total synthesis of natural products.

Professor Wa Hung LEUNG

(PhD, University of Hong Kong, 1989)


Phone: 2358 7360
Room: 4538

Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry.
Synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry.

Professor Zhenyang LIN

(PhD, Oxford University, 1989)


Phone: 2358 7379
Email: chzlin@ust.hk
Room: 4511
Theoretical and computational inorganic chemistry:
Structure, bonding and computer modelling in inorganic, organometallic, inorganic cluster and solid state systems. Application of electronic structure calculations in the design of catalysts and other useful materials.

Professor Ian D WILLIAMS

(PhD, University of Bristol, 1983)


Phone: 2358 7384
Room: CYT 6005
Solid state chemistry and chemical crystallography, crystal Engineering.Structures and modify the properties of crystalline solids through controlled design of their internal structure or architecture. A variety of methods of synthesis are used including solvothermal and flux approaches. Areas range from organic crystals (including natural products, co-crystals, N-H-O hydrogen bonds, pharmaceutical formulation, chiral determination and resolution) to metal-organic network polymers and inorganic and hybrid framework crystals.

Professor Hongkai WU

(PhD, Harvard University, 2002)


Phone: 2358 7246
Room: 4517

Interdisciplinary frontiers of microfluidics, bioanalytical science and materials chemistry. MEMS, microfluidics, soft lithography, and surface chemistry to design and provide new tools for the applications and understanding of fundamentals in materials and biological sciences, including microfluidic chemical reactors, high throughput single-cell analysis and chemical separations.

Professor Shihe YANG

(PhD, Rice University, 1988)


Phone: 2358 7362
Email: chsyang@ust.hk
Room: 4515
Physical and Materials Chemistry; Energy Generation and Storage; Nano Science and Technology.

Professor Jianzhen YU

(PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1996)


Phone: 2358 7389
Room: 4532

Developing analytical methods for atmospheric applications
Measurements of concentrations of individual chemical components in ambient and source aerosols
Sources and sinks of important aerosol constituents
Secondary organic aerosol formation chemistry
Aqueous phase atmospheric chemistry.

Professor Simon Wan CHAN

(PhD, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2008)


Associate Professor

Phone: 2358 7370
Email: chanwan@ust.hk
Room: 4520

Developing chromatographic and mass spectrometric methods: (1) To identify and quantify toxic chemicals for food safety testing;
(2) To study chemically/physically-induced damage to biological macromolecules such as DNA, RNA, protein, etc. that is related to human diseases;
(3) To investigate the biological consequence of external stimuli by using a systematic metabolomics approach.

Professor Zhihong GUO

(PhD, University of Minnesota, 1998)

Associate Professor

Phone: 2358 7352
Room: 4519
Bioorganic chemistry and chemical biology.
(1) The effects of macromolecular crowding on the structure, function, and supramolecular organization of proteins;
(2) Identification, characterization, catalytic mechanism, and organization of enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of menaquinone;
(3) Development of drug leads inhibiting menaquinone biosynthesis as a means to combat microbial resistance; and
(4) The roles of 3a protein in the pathogenesis of the infections by severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus. Postgraduate students in the research group receive extensive training in bioorganic chemistry, protein chemistry, enzymology, molecular biology, and cell biology.

Professor Xuhui HUANG

(PhD, Columbia University, 2006)

Padma Harilela Associate Professor of Science;
Associate Professor

Phone: 2358 7363
Room: 4540
Computational biophysics and biophysical chemistry. Particular areas of interests include protein folding/misfolding and aggregration, RNA folding, elucidating fundamental mechanism of cellular machineries, and developing theoretical tools for studying conformational dynamics.

Professor Haibin SU

(PhD, State University of New York, 2002)

Associate Professor

Phone: 2358 7388
Room: 4521
Quantum chemistry; Multiscale modelling; Environment / energy-related physical chemistry; Charge dynamics; Soft matter physical chemistry

Professor Jianwei SUN

(PhD, University of Chicago, 2008)

Associate Professor

Phone: 2358 7351
Room: CYT 6010

New chemical reactivity discovery, stereoselective process development, reaction mechanism elucidation, complex molecule synthesis, and medicinal chemistry.

Professor Rongbiao TONG

(PhD, Emory University, 2008)

Associate Professor

Phone: 2358 7357
Email: rtong@ust.hk
Room: CYT 6011
Total Synthesis of Natural Products, Development of New Synthetic Methods and Strategies, with special focuses on Biomimetic Synthesis, Cascade Reaction, Dearomatization, Achmatowicz Rearrangement etc.

Professor He YAN (Henry)

(PhD, Northwestern University, 2004)

Associate Professor

Phone: 2358 7366
Email: hyan@ust.hk
Room: CYT 6003

Organic electronics such as organic solar cells, organic transistors, and organic light-emitting diodes; design and synthesis of organic materials with unique electronic and photonic properties

Professor Qing CHEN

(PhD, Arizona State University, 2013)


Assistant Professor

Phone: 3469 2234
Room: 2544 (MAE)

Morphology Evolution of Materials,
Nanoporous Metal Structures,
Energy Storage, in particular, Redox Flow Batteries.

Professor Jonathan E. HALPERT

(PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2008)

Assistant Professor

Phone: 3469 2628
Room: 4545

Semiconductor nanocrystals, quantum dots, perovskites and nanomaterials; Synthesis of novel nanomaterials; characterization, spectroscopy, charge transport, and excitonic and excited state properties of nanocrystals; optoelectronic devices using nanomaterials including solar cells, light emitting devices (LEDs), photodetectors, transistors, and solid state memory devices; redox and light activated devices and materials.

Professor Jinqing HUANG

(PhD, University of Hong Kong, 2014)

Assistant Professor

Phone: 3469 2627
Room: 4544

Single molecule manipulation and spectroscopy; Protein folding, misfolding and aggregation; Biomimetic and biocompatible materials; Big data analysis in biophysical chemistry.

Professor Stefan NAGL

(PhD, Universitat Regensburg, 2008)

Assistant Professor

Phone: 3469 2629
Room: 4546

Microscale and nanoscale optical chemical sensors and biosensors, sensor networks, optofluidics, digital microfluidics, miniaturisation, automation and network integration of lab procedures, development of novel optical measurement techniques for chemical and biological species

Professor Ding PAN

(Sc.D. in IOP, CAS, 2011)

Assistant Professor

Phone: 2358 8896
Room: 4460 (PHYS)
Computational materials science, ab initio molecular dynamics, density-functional theory, post-DFT methods, and empirical potentials. Develop and apply electronic structure methods to understand and predict the properties and behavior of liquids, solids, and nanostructures from first principles.

Dr. Jason K K Chan

(PhD, University of St Andrews, 2013)

Lecturer I

Phone: 3469 2098
Room: 4543
Chemical Education, Organic synthesis, Natural product biosynthesis, Enzyme Chemistry, Protein crystallography

Dr. Emily M W Tsang
(PhD, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, 2011)

Lecturer I

Phone: 3469 2100
Room: 4536

Solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) membrane design and synthesis; Structure-property relationships of SPE membranes for fuel cells; Proton conductivity.

Professor Richard K Haynes
(PhD, Univ. of Western Australia, 1970)

Adjunct Professor &
Professor Emeritus

richard.haynes@nwu.ac.za (NWU)

Drug design, organic synthesis of biologically active natural products, asymmetric catalysis

Professor Todd Benjamin MARDER
(PhD, University of California at L.A., 1981)

Adjunct Professor

Email: todd.marder@uni-wuerzburg.de

Organometallic Chemistry (Metal boron complexes, synthesis of model catalytic intermediates
Conjugated organic, organoboron and organometallic materials for linear and nonlinear optics
Homogeneous Catalysis (Borylations including C-H bond functionalisation, palladium catalysed C-C bond formation)
Synthesis of small organic molecules which trigger stem cell differentiation (especially synthetic retinoids)
Non-covalent Interactions: Crystal Engineering and Liquid Crystal Behavior

Professor Yundong WU
(PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 1986)

Adjunct Professor

Email: chydwu@ust.hk Computational chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, structural biology, and bioinformatics.

Professor Yijing YAN

(PhD, University of Rochester, 1989)

Adjunct Professor

yyan@ust.hk (HKUST)

Theoretical Chemical Physics: Quantum dissipation; Quantum transport and quantum measurement in mesoscopic systems; Electron transfer, chemical reaction kinetic rate and molecular nonlinear spectroscopic processes in condensed phases.

Professor Lam Lung YEUNG

(PhD, Imperial College, London University, 1992)

Adjunct Associate Professor

Phone: 2358 7385
Email: chyeungl@ust.hk
Room: 2002 (SHRLO)

Synthesis of cyclitols and carbohydrates; asymmetric synthesis; cooking fume analysis.

Professor Nai-Teng YU
(PhD, MIT, 1969)

Professor Emeritus

Email: chyu@ust.hk  

Professor Reinhard RENNEBERG

(PhD, Central Institute of Molecular Biology, Berlin, 1979)

Professor Emeritus

Email: chrenneb@ust.hk Bioanalytical chemistry: basics and applications; nano-biotechnology; biosensorics and bioelectronics; microsystems and microsensors; novel signal-amplifying systems using LBL-encapsulated mediators; enzymes and dyes for amperometric sensors; ELISAs and other biotests; environmental chemistry; commercialization of biosensors and biotests (heart attack, stroke, viral and bacterial infections).