More about the laboratories
Basic Training Workshop and Fabrication Laboratory (Rm. B1481, 170m2)
The laboratory is equipped with basic machines, tooling and workbenches. The facilities are mainly used to support the teaching of practical training to students. It includes the Engineering Workshop Practices (MEEM2020) for year 1 students and the MEEM3054 Manufacturing Project (MEEM3054) for year 2 students. Some work spaces are also created in this workshop to support the fabrication and testing of bulky mechanical devices and systems for various Final year project work and applied research work.
Contact: Mr. YU, W.H. (x7009)
Mechanics and Tribology Laboratory (Rm. B1561, 152m2)
This laboratory is mainly designed to support the teaching of basic mechanics and fundamental machine design courses. It is fully equipped with standard apparatus for students to perform experiments on kinetics, kinematics, mechanisms, vibration, stress and strain analysis etc. This laboratory also supports student centred activities (SCA) which involve the solution of basic mechanical design problems using the practical and theoretical knowledge that they have acquired from this laboratory and from lectures respectively. Furthermore, the laboratory also contains some commercial and self-developed tribological apparatus for the study of lubrication, friction, wear, roller and journal bearings. These equipment support undergraduate, postgraduate and consultancy projects on tribology.
Contact: Mr. CHUNG, C.K. (x4606)
Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Laboratory (Rm. B1667, 122m2)
This laboratory is equipped with about 50 top level PCs that are installed with Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software systems. The facilities are mainly used to support the teaching and experimental works in CAD/CAM/CAE applications and developments. The laboratory is also used to support Departmental activities such as seminars and conference, Manufacturing Projects, etc. Students not only learn to use commercial CAD/CAM systems, but also learn to implement CAD/CAM algorithms in a proprietary CAD system developed by the laboratory. The software equipped in this laboratory includes the latest version of AutoCAD, SolidWork , SolidCAM, and Pro/E.
Contact: Mr. TAI, Y.S. (x4636)
Advanced Machining and Materials Processing Laboratory (Rm. B1721/B1722, 200m2)
This laboratory is designed to provide experimental facilities in the field of plastic molding, metal forming, heat treatment of materials, casting and surface finishing processes. Several of the machines installed in this laboratory, such as the power press, injection molding machine, rolling mill, etc. are equipped with data logging devices to facilitate the use of these equipment for research purposes. Some rapid prototyping facilities such as spin casting, metal spraying and vacuum casting machines are also available in this laboratory. Besides, a fully instrumented servo-hydraulic testing system and sheet metal testing facility are available for conducting a variety of user-defined or standard tests for research purposes. This laboratory is also equipped with two state-of-the-art universal testers for investigating variety of mechanical properties of engineering materials over a wide range of temperature. Besides, state of the art 5-axis CNC machining Center and CNC EDM wire-cut machines are equipped in this lab. This laboratory is thus therefore capable of supporting research activities related to material science, tribology and precision engineering parts fabrication as well.
Contact: Mr. YUEN, C.H. (x4610)
Product Testing and Inspection Laboratory (Rm. Y1501, 120m2)
This laboratory is established to support laboratory teaching/final year project works and related researches in product quality and reliability testing. The laboratory is equipped with facilities for product performance testing, material properties testing, etc. in mechanical and electronic/electrical components/assemblies/ products. Databases of standards and compliance criteria, including laws and regulation, enforcement practice, forms and certifications, etc., are also available in the laboratory to support the relevant product testings.
Contact: Mr. LEE, K.W. (x5337)
Product Safety and Hazard Analysis Laboratory (Rm. Y1421/Y1422, 117 m2)
This laboratory is established to support laboratory teaching/final year project works and related researches in regulatory compliance testing of products regarding health, safety and environmental (HSE) standards. The laboratory provides supporting facilities to training and researches on the theoretical principles and practices of safety and environmental testing of toys, electronics and electrical products as stipulated in essential international standards such as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS), BS EN 71, ASTM F963, etc.. Major equipment of the laboratory include : X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR), UV/VIS Spectrophotometer, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer System (AAS), and Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer (GCMS).
Contact: Mr. LAU, W.P. (x7010)
Metrology Laboratory (Rm. Y1625, 100m2)
This laboratory is purposely built on a floating concrete slab. It is designed in accordance with the advice from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) of UK. All the fixtures in the laboratory are isolated and a separate air-conditioning system is installed to provide a vibration free and adequately clean environment with appropriately stable humidity. Various precision measuring instruments such as the laser interferometer, atomic force microscope (AFM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), surface texture tester and roundness testing machines are installed. Although this laboratory is mainly used for the support of teaching in engineering metrology, it can be upgraded easily to become an accredited engineering calibration centre to serve local manufacturing industry. Recently, two nano-grade measuring equipment, namely optical surface profiler and nano-indentor have been installed in this laboratory to support the ever- growing research works in advance coating technology.
Contact: Mr. KIAN, K.C. (x8938)
Service Robotics Laboratory (Rm. AC2-6503, 67m2)
With the advances in technology, a wide range of services such as windows cleaning, pipe inspection, automatic vacuum cleaning, surgery, health care and entertainment, can now be carried out by intelligent machinery or robots. The objectives of this laboratory are to demonstrate and promote the use of service robots in manufacturing, processing and services enterprises (including SMEs); to widen the possible applications for such machinery; to assist companies to develop and apply service robots in new business opportunities; to transfer the necessary technologies to industrialists for creating innovative service robotic products; to provide research infrastructures for developing service robots; and to provide training and teaching support in the development and use of service robots.
Contact: Mr. YIU, C.Y. (x8026)
Control and Instrumentation Laboratory (Rm. AC2-6502, 81m2)
This laboratory is established to facilitate experiments in automatic control and the associated instrumentation applications. It is fully equipped with a wide range of signal processors, oscilloscopes, PID controller, feedback control system, single board computer systems, etc. Various PC-based development software in fuzzy control, neural network control, etc are also available to support the experiments and student projects in advanced control engineering technology.
Contact: Mr. YIU, C.Y. (x8026)
Mechatronics and Automation Laboratory (Rm. AC2-6505, 152m2)
This laboratory aims to support teaching and research activities in mechatronics and automation. Facilities include multi-axes articulated robots, vision systems, simulation software for automation systems, an array of RFID readers and middle-ware systems and platforms for distributed and real time control. The lab is also equipped with apparatus for structured exercises as well as custom designed workstations for mechatronic final year projects. Current research activities include surface finishing automation, wall climbing robots, robot control, computer vision and motion sensing and control, RFID automation, etc.
Contact: Mr. WAN, C.W. (x8226)
Integrated Design and Prototyping Laboratory (IDPL, Rm. AC2-6506, 68m2)
This laboratory is equipped with advanced equipment for integrated design, digital geometry processing, virtual prototyping, reverse engineering and rapid prototyping activities. The basic equipment include one set of Kreon laser scanner, one set of Eden PolyJet 3D printers from Objet Geometries, one set of ThermoJet 3D printer from 3D Systems, and one set of FDM-3000 rapid prototyping machine from Stratasys. Major software include Inus RapidForm and SDRC/Imageware Surfacer software for reverse engineering, Materialise MIMICS software for medical model prototyping, Materialise Magics software and SDRC/Imageware RPM module for rapid prototyping, Sense8 lab license for virtual reality (VR) applications, ACIS and Designbase geometric kernels, Autodesk Maya, Unigraphics, Catia, and other geometric and mathematical libraries. The laboratory provides support to a number of courses and regular final-year projects. It also provides industrial support on integrated design and prototyping, and support to ongoing research activities on digital geometry processing, virtual prototyping, reverse engineering and rapid prototyping.
Contact: Mr. LEUNG, C.C. (x5223)
Bioimaging Laboratory (Rm. P4806, 76 m2)
This laboratory is designed to provide interactive hands on experiences for students to operate different optical microscopes for characterization of biological samples. Major equipment housed in this laboratory includes 20 inverted microscopes with touchscreen control and recording panels, 3 fluorescent microscopes with live cell imaging capability and state-of-art atomic force microsope.
Contact: Mr. AU, S.Y. (x8362) | Mr. CHENG, S.W. (x5339)
Bio-Physical Measurement Laboratory (Rm. P4808, 81 m2)
This laboratory is designed to support the student projects and teaching activity of bioengineering courses with experiments involving characterization and manipulation of biological systems. The lab houses a wide range of equipments including tissue processing and slicing tools, critical pointer dryer, probe station, Raman spectroscopy system, 3D electro-magnetic manipulation system and a multimodal live animal imaging system with X-ray, bioluminescence, fluorescence and radio-isotope detection capabilities.
Contact: Mr. AU, S.Y. (x8362) | Mr. CHENG, S.W. (x5339)
Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Laboratory (P4810/P4811, 99 m2)
This laboratory is designed to support the teaching activity of bioengineering courses with experiments involving cellular and molecular analysis. The lab houses a fully functional culture room, including cell/tissue culture incubators, biological safety cabinet, and cell cryostorage system; various centrifuges; molecular characterization equipments, including end-point & realtime PCR thermocyclers, electrophoresis chamber, and gel imaging and facilities. A state-of-art laser scanning confocal microscope is also available in this lab.
Contact: Mr. AU, S.Y. (x8362) | Mr. CHENG, S.W. (x5339)
Advanced Coatings Applied Research Laboratory (ACARL, Rm. Y1531/Y1431, 186m2)
The application of diamond and diamond-like carbon (DLC) thin firms has recently attracted a lot of attention in the US, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore. Diamond coatings is a surface coating which can be applied on plastic, glass, ceramic and metal at close at room temperature with its properties rivalling those of nature diamond, but it cost much less. By the supporting of the ISF project, HKSAR Government, ACARL using the existing R&D facility in the laboratory to adapt and improve on the coating techniques and processes for local industrial applications. Besides we intend to produce ready-to-market results of DLC applications by achieving three objectives: to serve as a pilot facility to adapt diamond coatings to various metals, glasses and plastics to improve their hardness, wear and scratch resistance qualities; to provide diamond coating service to specific products from local industries once the coating technique and process for those specific products are finished; and to develop new applications of diamond coatings, and diffuse and promote this technology to local industries.
Contact: Dr. LI, K.Y., Lawrence
Robotics, Control and Biotechnology Research Laboratory (Rm. Y1415/Y1418, 150 m2)
This Laboratory is led by Dr. Dong Sun and Prof. Gary Feng, located in Y1415 at the Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management. The laboratory aims to: (1) conduct cutting-edge researches in the areas of micro robot network and robot-assisted biomedical engineering; (2) enable the formation of a world-class research team in Hong Kong on the chosen area, being internationally competitive with a critical mass; (3) timely transfer knowledge of research outcomes to industry and benefit society. Currently, several on-going projects carried out in the lab include formation control of networked agents, multi-robot coordination, robotic manipulation of biological cells, and advanced table-top manufacturing. The lab has received the supports from UGC, RGC, ITF, CtyU, and industry.
Contact: Prof. SUN, Dong
Intelligent Systems and Control Laboratory (Rm. B1666, 32 m2)
This laboratory focuses on modeling, analysis and control of linear and nonlinear intelligent systems, networked systems and control, advanced control theory and applications, and biomedical devices and control. It provides necessary and important elements for experimentally validate our research results in real engineering problems. Currently there are a group of five mobile robots and a quadcopter in the lab. A platform of networked mobile robots and UAVs will be built. Later we will have biomedical devices such as leg exoskeleton. It can be used for both research and teaching such as lab demonstration and final year project support.
Contact: Dr. LIU, Lu
Bio-Inspired Engineering Laboratory (Rm. Y1522, 30 m2)
Through billions of years of evolution, Nature has orchestrated many elegant principles to accomplish structural and functional integrity. The overarching visions of this laboratory are to advance our understanding of various important interfacial and transport phenomena underlying the multiscale natural system and to mimic these biological principles for healthcare and energy innovation. Some major equipment of the laboratory include DKSH contact angle measurement system, fluorescence microscope, high speed camera (up to 10,000fps).
Contact: Dr. WANG, Zuankai
Advanced Structural Materials Research and Development Laboratory (Rm. B1481A, 55 m2)
One of the major focus of this laboratory is to prepare and develop advanced metallic materials at temperatures to 2000C in controlled environments. Our programs are required to make existing materials for property evaluations and to develop new materials with superior mechanical and metallurgical properties for engineering use. Currently, we are working on new Fe-, Ti, and Au-based alloys for industrial applications. We are also fabricated special alloys such as bulk metallic glasses and high entropy alloys for use at elevated temperatures. The lab currently houses various casting facilities, including arc –melting furnaces, tube furnaces for heat treating materials in controlled environments at elevated temperatures. We are also in the process of setting up facilities to process rod, wire, and ribbon materials. All furnaces and facilities are capable to prepare various metallic alloys in different sizes, and shapes in controlled environments.
Contact: Prof. LIU, C.T.
Nanomaterials for Energy Storage & Energetics Laboratory (Rm. Y1414, 30 m2)
This lab is for synthesizing nanomaterials for energy-related applications, especially for energy storage and energetics applications. The lab is capable to synthesize and characterize various 0D nanoparticles, 1D nanowires/rods/tubes, 2D nanowalls/sheets/plates, and complex 3D hierarchical nanostructured materials. This lab has the state-of-the-art facilities for testing the electrochemical properties of the synthesized nanomaterials for energy storage applications such as lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and supercapacitors. The lab is also capable to test the thermal, combustion, and mechanical properties of nanoenergetic materials. Nanoenergetic materials have promising applications in airbags, belt tensioners, mining, deconstruction, heat sources for rapid fuses, the joining of materials by means of localized heating, micropropulsion systems, and propellant rate modifiers.
Contact: Dr. ZHANG, Kaili
Multiscale Integrative NeuroEngineering Laboratory (Rm. Y1411, 30 m2)
This lab focus the integration of advanced engineering techniques and biological concepts at different scales to create nano/micro/macro biosystems for Neuroengineering studies, including (1) high-throughput drug/genetic screening technologies, (2) Interaction between novel materials and neural systems, (3) neural network engineering at different scales from single cell, tissue level to whole animal.
Contact: Dr. SHI, Peng
Advanced Microfluidic Systems Laboratory (Rm. Y1413, 30 m2)
The main objective of this lab is to support scientific research and technology developments related to integrated microfluidics. The projects and tasks typically involve microfluidic automation, developments of novel micro-devices, fabrication of elastomeric microstructures, computational studies of microfluidics, controls of microenvironments, monitoring of long-term cell behaviors, and microscopic-image processing. The key equipment includes a computer workstation for numerical simulations, and two inverted fluorescence microscopes equipped with environmental chambers and flow control manifolds for parallel operations of microfluidic devices.
Contact: Dr. LAM, H.W., Raymond
Nanomechanics and Materiomics Laboratory (Rm. Y1504, 32 m2)
The multi-scale in situ mechanical characterization laboratory is established for the holistic study of materials systems, including low-dimensional nanostructures and biological materials, and its applications in advanced materials processing and bio-inspired materials design. Major equipment housed in the laboratory include: in situ SEM tensile tester with 2N, 20N and 200N load cells; MicroManipulatorTM probe station; Electrochemical nanofabrication system; in situ SEM picoindenter (CASM); high resolution in situ micro-imaging system, etc. By synthetically using the experimental and computational approaches, such as in situ electron microscopy (SEM, TEM) techniques, mechanical (as well as electro- and thermal-mechanical) properties and deformation mechanisms of natural and synthetic materials can be systematically investigated in the laboratory, to provide fundamental links between structures and properties at multi-scale, from nano to micro to macro, and under multi-field.
Contact: Dr. LU, Yang
Nano-Materials and Mechanics Research Laboratory (Rm. B1551, 58 m2)
This lab aims to develop the Surface Mechanical Attritions Treatment (SMAT) Technology, which offers an attractive alternative approach to effectively produce nanostructured surface layers on materials. SMAT does not alter the chemical composition of the treated material but can increase its mechanical properties, such as tensile strength and hardness.
A high strength and high ductility steel is designed on the basis of a newly developed concept of coherent twin boundaries to meet the demands of safety and lightweight design for the automobile and aeronautic industries. The high density twin structure on the nano/submicron scale not only can induce higher strength, but also provide large ductility by the interaction of dislocation with coherent twin boundaries. The high density twinned steels, with twin thickness on the nano/submicron scale in bulk materials shall be fabricated by surface mechanical attrition treatment (SMAT) with high impact velocity. The mechanism of strain-induced twin by high speed impact is investigated to achieve controllable performance. The relative application of corrosion resistance, welding, and friction and wear properties will also be studied.
Contact: Prof. LU, Jian
CASM Photo-Mechanics Laboratory (Rm. B1555, 56 m2)
The composite laminate in airplanes has been applied in the new airplanes and the proportion is continually increasing. The Surface Mechanical Attrition Treatment (SMAT) and nitriding process greatly improve the corrosion resistance of the fuel rod under multiphysical coupling complex system, i.e. vibration induced fluid structure coupling and irradiation, corrosion and mechanics coupling. The SMAT induced surface compressive prestress also effectively improves service life of the fuel rod under cyclic loading. To achieve those objectives is the experimental measurement of residual stresses in composite laminate parts. Among the different techniques existing for residual stresses characterization, the incremental hole drilling method is developed and coupled with optical instrumentations (ESPI, Moire Interferometry).
Contact: Prof. LU, Jian
Robot Vision Research Laboratory (Rm. Y1412, 35m2)
The work in this lab is on robot vision in general and is on 3D visual sensing and tracking recently in particular. Some of the recent works conducted include: 3D visual sensing with structured lighting; Active visual sensing with self-recalibration; Sensor Placement for 3D Measurements and Reconstruction in Uncertain Environments; Omni-Directional 3D Visual Sensing; Tracking with 3D vision; 3D trajectory tracking for activity observation, etc. The relevant applications include advanced product inspection, surveillance, as well as robotics.
Contact: Prof. LI, Youfu
Nano-robotic Manipulation & Bio-Assembly Laboratory (Rm. Y1416, 30m2)
This lab aims to tackle the fundamental and applied problems in advanced material and cell biology fields via the nanorobotic high-precision manipulation. We have developed a high precision multi-nanorobotic manipulation system (MNRMS) with more than 6 degrees of freedom (6DOFs). With the advantage of this flexible system, this laboratory is able to perform in-situ characterization tasks inside the scanning electron microscope (SEM) effectively, including single cell mechanical propriety test, nanomaterial characterization and so on. More than the traditional robot technique, our laboratory is developing the bio-based manipulation system (BBMS), i.e., making use of the natural properties of biological life, such as DNA. Therefore, novel bio compatible structures with tiny size are able to be constructed precisely. These components can be used as bio sensors or bio actuators for disease detection and drug delivery purposes. Last, the high-precision manipulation technique provides us a bottom-up approach to assemble complex 3D bio structure from single cells, which are significant for tissue engineering field.
Contact: Dr. SHEN, Yajing
Nano/Bio Robotics (NRL) Laboratory (Rm. Y1451, 54m2)
This lab is established to support the research activities in the areas of nano-manufacturing, nano-robotics and bio-nanotechnology. The laboratory provides an infrastructure and advanced facilities to develop robust nano-manufacturing and nano-robotic technologies for effective fabrication, assembly, packaging and characterization of nanoscale devices. The laboratory also facilitates a wide range of biological studies and investigation based on the developed nano-robotic systems and technologies. Major equipment include: Bioscope Catalyst AFM, Multimode AFM, Inverted Fluorescence Microscope, Probe station with Multiple Micromanipulators, Ultra-high Resolution Dual-Channel System Source Measure unit, Ultra Low-Noise Capacitor Patch Clamp system.
Contact: Dr. LAI, W.C., King
Integrated Nano/Bio Systems Laboratory (Rm. Y1513/1515, 72m2)
This lab focuses on the integration of MEMS, Nanomaterials, DNAs, and Cells for advanced applications in sensing and biomedical engineering. The research team currently emphases on using digitally-controlled and programmable electric fields in microfluidic systems (optically-induced electrokinetics or ‘OEK’) to manipulate, assemble, pattern, and differentiate cancer and stem cells. OEK is also being applied by the team to rapidly fabricate micro-lens arrays for the development of large-area scanning near-field microscopy (SNOM). Work is also underway in the lab to use micro-nozzles for rapid printing of 3D biological tissues.
Contact: Prof. LI, Wen Jung
Mechanics of Advanced Structural Materials Laboratory (Rm. Y1526, 30m2)
The Mechanics of Advanced Structural Materials Laboratory is established for the fundamental study of the structure-property relation of advanced structural materials, including deformation, fracture and fatigue. The materials we are concerned with include amorphous alloys, high temperature alloys (such as high entropy and super alloys), bulk nanocrystalline materials, flexible electronics materials, thin films and structural biomaterials. Major testing equipment housed in and related to the laboratory includes: Fullam in-situ microtester and HysitronTM TI 950 nanoindentation system. In addition, the research in this lab deeply involves design and synthesis of advanced structural materials, which links it to the fabrication of advanced structural materials. Besides experiments, this lab is also devoted to micromechanics modeling and numerical simulations, from finite element to molecular dynamics simulations.
Contact: Dr. YANG, Yong
Bio-Mechanics Research Laboratory (Rm. Y1516, 30m2)
This laboratory fabricates and studies mechanical behavior of biomedical materials in multiple size scales in following scopes: (1) bio-inspired design of crack resistant nanoparticle reinforced dental composites; (2) interfacial behavior between particle-particle and particle-polymer pairs; (3) rate and/or temperature dependent properties of biological and biomimetic materials. Major equipment housed in the laboratory include: dynamic mechanical tester, nanocomposite fabrication facilities, imaging system, etc. The laboratory has received financial supports from RGC, ITF, and CityU.
Contact: Dr. NIU, Xinrui
Nanosensors for Imaging Cell Therapy Laboratory (Rm. B1475, 30 m2)
This lab is dedicated to three major areas in achieving in vivo cell tracking using imaging approaches. It is equipped for (1) the design and fabrication of nanosensors using clinical relevant biomaterials, including liposomes, polymeric particles and hydrogels; (2) engineering and characterization of the mechanical and biochemical properties of these materials for in vivo applications; (3) and the use of nanosensor-labeled biomaterials to deliver cells and evaluate the therapeutic efficacy. The goal is to image cell location and cell status after transplantation, and to use this information to facilitate the translation of cell therapy in neurological disorders, such as spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease and stroke.
Contact: Dr. Kannie Chan
Last modified on 10 January, 2017