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NOV 2021
Congratulations to Prof. Youfu LI on being elected as the Fellow of IEEE in recognition of his outstanding contributions to active visual sensing using structured light pattern projection. The nomination of the award is rigorous with less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation.

Prof Li works on robot vision and visual sensing. In this area, he has three USA patents granted in the last few years. He was on the Top 2% of the world’s most highly cited scientists, 2020.

SEP 2021
A new fast-track ventilation system thoroughly filtering Covid-19 is developed by Dr. Steven WANG and can be placed on hospital beds to protect healthcare workers by effectively blocking and filtering viruses. Dr Wang’s research team will join HK Tech 300, CityU’s flagship innovation and entrepreneurship programme, to help transfer the technology into product and to promote its application in Hong Kong and beyond. Other members of Dr Wang’s research team are Deng Wei and Wang Hongbo, PhD students of MNE. The system is being tested in Gleneagles.

SEP 2021
Prof. LU Yang was invited to deliver a Conference Opening Plenary talk as one of the two Opening Plenary Keynote Speakers at the “31st International Conference on Diamond and Carbon Materials 2021” held from 6 – 9 September 2021.

SEP 2021
Dr. YANG Zhengbao has received two project grants from the Innovation and Technology Commission of HKSAR for developing self-powered and wireless autonomous sensors for vehicles. The two ITF projects are titled “Energy Harvesting and Wireless Torque Sensor System for Vehicles” and “Multi-sensing Smart Tire System for the Self-driving Technology”.

SEP 2021
Prof. Takashi HIBIKI has been awarded the first tranche Global Stem Professorship from the UGC. The scheme will provide substantial support for the salary of the awardee, establishment of research lab and research team. Congratulations to Prof. HIBIKI.

JUL 2021
Dr. Xu Wanghuai, a recent PhD graduate, received the 2021 Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Award (Silver) for his pioneering research on the development of a novel droplet-based electricity generator for advancing scientific research into water energy generation. Prof. WANG Zuankai, Dr. Xu’s supervisor, said that Dr. Xu has made remarkable achievements by translating his training, especially in multidisciplinary research, to address energy challenges facing us.

He is the only recipient from Hong Kong as the other nine winners come from top 10 universities in US. In fact, only three researchers from Hong Kong have received this award since its inception in 2001.Through the research, titled “Fusion of Slippery Interfaces and Transistor-Inspired Architecture for Water Kinetic Energy Harvesting”, he has made breakthroughs in the design and development of the interface and architectural design of power generation devices. His work has enabled highly efficient harvesting of kinetic energy from water under a range of work conditions.

JUN 2021
BEngM.E. student LO Wai Kin received the Outstanding Award of ASM Technology Award 2021 (Cash Award of HK$5,000) with the project titled “Study of L-shaped liquid rope formed in water”. This project, supervised by Dr. WANG Steven, exams how a highly unexpected fluid phenomenon can be used for liquid-liquid 3D printing and surface patterning. It is a cornerstone to investigate the new phenomenon which called “L-shaped rope effect” as there is no previous research about this phenomenon.

MAY 2021
A novel bamboo-processing technique called “super bamboo”, developed by Prof LU Yang’s research team won the Gold Medal Award at the virtual Inventions Geneva Evaluation Days 2021. The technique includes both mechanical and chemical treatments for densifying natural bamboo without destroying the key internal microstructures that are critical for superior mechanical performance. Prof LU was invited to attend the ceremony “Hong Kong Winners 2021” officiated by the Chief Executive of HKSAR on 17 May to celebrate the outstanding research achievements of Hong Kong.

APR 2021
This fellowship provides a stipend for a three years full-time appointment and also allowances for conference and research-related activities. Dr. XU Wanghuai and Prof. WANG Zuankai will work on the project titled “Slippery bulk-effect electricity generator for water kinetic energy harvesting: from fundamental understanding to practical applications”.

MAR 2021
The work by Prof WANG Zuankai’s research team on droplet-based electricity generator received the bronze prize of the Hong Kong Best Science News Reporting 2020 organised by the Newspaper Society of Hong Kong. The research work was also selected as the Top 10 Hong Kong Innovation and Technology News.

MAR 2021
The paper entitled “Fluids - An Inspirational Bounce”, published by Prof WANG Zuankai’s research group, was selected by Nature Physics’ editors as one of the favourite papers over the 15 years’ publication of Nature Physics.

FEB 2021
A MNE student team ( 2 PhD students LING Chen & YAO Xiaoxue and BEngM.E student WONG Yat Hei) has won two awards: 1) The Gold Award and 2) The Merit Award – The Best Engineering Solution Award in Chun Wo Innovation Student Awards 2020 (CWISA). This year, more than 70 teams from different universities participated in this innovation competition.

This project “The Fog-based Self-powered System (FSS)” co-supervised by Dr. Steven WANG and Prof. WANG Zuankai is inspired to utilize the abundant and free fog resources in Hong Kong to supply power charging for IOT devices or smart illumination in harsh & remote locations and at the same time provide freshwater for agricultural irrigation and domestic use.

The team will receive a cash prize of HK$106,000 and be invited to participate in a round-campus exhibition between May – Sept 2021. In addition to the cash award, Chun Wo will assist the team to execute their business idea through providing resources or investments.

JAN 2021
Prof. WANG Zuankai was awarded with RGC fund of HK$4,800,000 for his Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) project entitled “ A universal solid/liquid based framework for efficient water energy harvesting”.

JAN 2021
Albacastor Technology Limited, a start-up under the Student Early Entrepreneurship Development Scheme of CityU and founded by three 2018 graduates of the Department, CHAN Tsz Lung Hugo, CHEUNG Wing Hong Peter and LAM Wah Shing Henry, won the Community Engagement Award in the Blue Innovation Challenge 2020. The start-up was co-funded by CityU and the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation. The goal is to build an intelligent, high-efficient, and safe healthcare environment by developing automated robots.

JAN 2021
Dr. LU Yang, Dr. HU Alice and their team published a paper titled "Achieving large uniform tensile elasticity in microfabricated diamond" in Science. This is another remarkable paper of Dr. LU Yang and his team regarding the properties of diamond in micro/nano scale.(Read more)

DEC 2020
PhD Graduate CAO Ke (now Assoicate Professor at Xidian University) won the 2020 中國新銳科技人物突出成就獎 on his outstanding research achievements on graphene mechanics.(Read more)

DEC 2020
Dr. LI Jing, a recent PhD graduate under the supervision of Prof. WANG Zuankai from Department of Mechanical Engineering at the City University of Hong Kong, received the Hong Kong Young Scientist Award at the 27th Annual Conference of the Hong Kong Institution of Science (HKIS). (Read more)

NOV 2020
China Nuclear Power Technology Research Institute Co., Ltd., Guangzhou Huantek Technology Co., Ltd. and City University of Hong Kong signed the research agreement on setting up the Nuclear Research Center in Guangdong Province. The center aims at development of advanced nuclear energy systems with cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR).

NOV 2020
PhD graduate Dr. XU Wanghuai received Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Outstanding Doctoral Research Award 2020.(Read more)

SEP 2020
Prof. WANG Zuankai is awarded the XPLORE PRIZE for RMB 3,000,000 (600,000 a year) for 5 years.
There are 50 awardees selected from about 1200 applicants and there are only three awardees from Hong Kong. Prof. WANG Zuankai is the sole awardee from CityU.(Read more)

SEP 2020
Over the past three years, the research team led by Dr. LU Yang, Associate Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (MNE) at CityU worked tirelessly with another team from Tsinghua University to develop the world’s very first quantitative in-situ tensile testing technique for free-standing 2D materials. The related research about nanomechanics of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) has been published by Cell Reports Physical Science.(Read more)

SEP 2020
Mr. XU Wanghuai as the recipient of CityU Outstanding Research Thesis Award 2020 was nominated by the Department for the CYC School of Graduate Studies Outstanding Doctoral Research Award 2020 (pending for the final selection). (Read more)

SEP 2020
Led by  Prof. LI Wen Jung  of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Provost (Institutional Initiatives - recently updated to Resources Planning), with collaborators from the Shenyang Institute of Automation (SIA) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and First Hospital of China Medical University (FHCMU), the research has recently been published in Science Advances.
The focus of the research aims "to reduce the number of deaths due to gastric cancer, one of the leading causes of cancer deaths worldwide,” said Prof. LI, a co-contact author on the publication titled “Detection and isolation of free cancer cells from ascites and peritoneal lavages using optically induced electrokinetics (OEK)”. (Read more)

AUG 2020
In collaboration with PolyU, Dr. LU Yang and his PhD student FENG Xiaobin (co-first author) published their new research about using surface restructured FeCoCrNi high-entropy alloy (HEA) as catalyst for high-performance water electrolysis in journal "Nature Communications". (Read more)

AUG 2020
To enhance the learning experience of CityU students, Dr. LUK B. L. in collaboration with three CIO colleagues including Dr. WONG Crusher, Ms. LU Angel and Ms. LAM Kayla, has developed a set of tailor-made Flipped Learning materials on Wind Energy for GE Course 2301 - Science and Technology: From Past to Future.
Students of GE2301 were required to take a virtual reality (VR) field trip to LAMMA WINDS, the first commercial-scale wind turbine in Tai Ling built by HK Electric, to better understand how electricity can be produced from wind energy. This flipped classroom activity facilitated the understanding of the complex mechanism of the wind turbine drive train for electricity generation.

The production recently won a Poster Award in Teaching and Learning Innovation Expo 2019/2020.(Read more)

JUL 2020
The University has appointed Prof. PAN Chin to the CLP Power Chair Professorship in Nuclear Engineering with effect from July 1 2020 in recognition of his commitment to excellence in research and professional education of nuclear engineering to the university and society.(Read more)

JUL 2020
Dr. LU Yang received the Research Fellowship grant of HK$5,155,380 for a 5-year fellowship period from RGC. (Read more)

JUL 2020
Dr. WANG Steven has received a grant of HK$1,975,320 for the project "A fast-track vented enclosure for COVID-19 patients in hospitals" under the Public Sector Trial Scheme for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in Hong Kong from ITC of HKSAR.(Read more)

JUL 2020
Congratulations to the following faculty on their success of GRF/ECS application 2020-2021

Principal Investigator Project Title
1 Dr HU Alice Sparks when quantum computing meet ab initio calculation
2 Prof KAI Ji-jung Irradiation resistance and microstructural stability of high-entropy alloys reinforced by coherent multicomponent nanoparticles
3 Prof LI You-fu Gaze Tracking and its Integration with Human-Robot Cooperation
4 Prof LI Wen-Jung A Microfluidic Pervaporation Device for Fabrication of Nanoparticle-based Metalens for Dry Environment Super-resolution
5 Dr LIU Jun A New Augmented Reality Assisted Image Guidance System for Cardiac Interventions
6 Dr NIU Xinrui Finite element analysis guided and experiment assisted design of a physical interphase for enhancing separation resistance of hydrogel-elastomer hybrid
7 Prof PAN Chin High performance microchannel heat sink with hybrid micro/nano structured mesh
8 Prof WANG Zuankai Developing transistor-like water energy generator with high peak power density and high durability
9 Dr ZHANG Kaili Fabrication, Energetic and Combustion Properties of Energetic Microchip Based on In Situ Synthesized Energetic Coordination Polymer and Aluminum
10 Dr ZHAO Jiyun Controlling nucleate boiling heat transfer performance on micro/nano textured surfaces using surfactants and electric field

JUN 2020
Mr. CHUI Mang Yin under the supervision of Dr. WONG Janet of the Imperial College London has contributed to a paper as the second author during his overseas internship at Imperial College. The paper, entitled Interactions between Organic Friction Modifier Additives, has been accepted for publication by Tribology International. (Read more)

APR 2020
We are pleased to receive the notice from Research Grants Council (RGC) for the offer of the RGC Postdoctoral Fellowship Award to Dr. ZHANG Shiwei. This fellowship provides a stipend for a three years full-time appointment and also allowances for conference and research-related activities. Dr. ZHANG and his Project Investigator, Prof. PAN Chin, will work on developing rationally engineered surfaces with hybrid micromeshes to achieve unprecedented boiling capacity. This project may enable more efficient phase-change heat transfer for various energy systems and thermal management of high-power electronics.
Congratulations to Dr. ZHANG and Prof. PAN. (Read more)

MAR 2020
Congratulations to Dr. ZHANG Kaili as the recipient of the inaugural CENG Outstanding Teaching Award of our College. This award was established by the College of Engineering to promote good teaching.

FEB 2020
We are pleased to share that Dr. LU Yang's work on graphene mechanics was recently published in Nature Communications.

Dr. LU Yang and his team has demonstrated ultimate stretchability and ‘realistic’ strength of free-standing monolater graphene. The study will promote the engineering applications of graphene in various areas such as ultrastrong composites and flexible electronics. This paper was highlighted in “Editors' Choice” in the 21 February 2020 issue of Science.(Read more)

FEB 2020
Congratulations to Prof. WANG Zuankai’s research group. The team has recently developed a novel droplet-based energy generator (DEG) with transistor-like architecture that fundamentally overcomes the physical limitation inherent in the traditional approaches and enables the lighting up 100 LED bulbs from a single droplet falling from a height of 15 cm. The design is genetic, which can be found applications for harvesting energy in both small scale and large scale.

Related work was published in the highly prestigious scientific journal Nature under the title “A droplet-based electricity generator with high instantaneous power density” and gathers numerous news outlets in US, UK and France.(Read more)

DEC 2019
Congratulations to Prof. LI Youfu and Dr. LU Yang on receiving the 2019 Outstanding Supervisor Award in recognition of their excellent research supervision.

DEC 2019
In collaboration with the research team of McGill University, Dr. LU Yang of MNE and Prof. ZHANG Hua from the Department of Chemistry have published a paper titled “Thermal effect and Rayleigh instability of ultrathin 4H hexagonal gold nanoribbons” in Matter, a Cell sister journal.

NOV 2019
MNE PhD graduate Dr. YANG Shaoran and BEng Mechanical Engineering student NIU Xuezhi won the Second Prize in the National Final of the 16th “Challenge Cup” National College Students’ Extracurricular Academic Science and Technology Contest for their project “Flexible Bracelet Battery” under the supervision of Dr. ZHANG Kaili.

This biennial national competition for university students in China is organized by the Communist Youth League of China, the China Association for Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the All-China Students' Federation, with an aim to promote the growth of young talents in innovation.

NOV 2019
Dr. LU Yang was awarded the 2019 NSFC Excellent Young Scientists Fund (Hong Kong and Macau) for his project "微納米力學 Micro/Nano-Mechanics". He will receive a funding of RMB1.3 million to conduct nanomechanics study on low-dimensional crystalline materials and probing their flexible device and strain engineering applications for a maximum period of three years.

The fund, under the National Natural Science Foundation of China, was open for applications exclusively from Hong Kong and Macau for the first time. It aims to support top young scientists with outstanding achievements in basic research to carry out innovative research in fields of their choice, and nurture talent at the global forefront of technology.

OCT 2019
Congratulations to a team of MNE 2019 graduates, Mr. HO Cheuk Lung, Mr. MAK Chun Wing, Mr. SHE Ka Chun, Mr. TANG Kai Tat and Mr. LUK Tze Ching, for winning the Merit Prize of the HKEIA Innovation & Technology Project Competition Award (2019) for their project “Manipulator with Computer Vision” under the supervision of Prof. LI Youfu.

Organized by The Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association Limited (HKEIA), the Award is an annual competition for students of electronic engineering or related engineering fields, with an aim to recognize and reward students with outstanding projects which demonstrate excellence in technology and innovation.

SEP 2019
Prof. WANG Zuankai and his PhD graduate, Dr. LI Jing, has received the Hiwin Dissertation Silver Award from the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society. The award carries a cash prize of RMB 0.3 million.

SEP 2019
A team of MNE graduates and student including PhD graduate Dr. YANG Shaoran , MScME graduate TSANG Ying and BEng Mechanical Engineering student NIU Xuezhi won the Silver Prize in recent the 8th "Winning in Guangzhou" and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Entrepreneurship Competition for College Students. The awarded project “SinEnergy Flexible Bracelet Battery” was selected among 15,700 entries submitted by 140 higher education institutes. The MNE team ranked 4/56 in the final round and was the only winner from Hong Kong.

The Project Supervisor Dr. ZHANG Kaili also received the prize of The Best Supervisor in the same event.


JUL 2019
Congratulations to Dr. LU Yang on receiving the Outstanding Research Awards for Junior Faculty in recognition of his exceptionally outstanding research achievements. The Award will be formally presented to the winners at the University Congregation in November 2019.

JUL 2019
Prof. WANG Zuankai has been selected as Fellow of The International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE) for his distinct contributions to the area of nature-inspired engineering. Founded in 2010, the ISBE is an educational, non-profit, non-political organization which fosters the exchange of information on bionic engineering research, development and application. To date, only 10 members of the ISBE have received the fellowship recognition.

JUL 2019
Collaborating with the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China and Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Prof. WANG Zuankai has published a paper titled “Surface charge printing for programmed droplet transport” in Nature Materials. This work reports a new paradigm for droplet transport that has the potential for many applications ranging from water harvesting to bio-analysis. This work was also highlighted by Nature.

MAY 2019
Congratulations to Dr. WONG Patrick on receiving the 自然科學獎二等獎 2018 from the Ministry of Education for his project “On the abnormal EHL film and its mechanism of viscosity wedge”. The award ceremony will be held on 19 June at Hong Kong Baptist University.

APR 2019
Prof. LU Jian received 2 Silver Awards at International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva 2019.

  1. Origami and 4D Printing of Ceramic Structures
  2. Structural Morphing Enabled Underwater Quality Monitoring System

DEC 2018
Prof. LU Jian received Gold Award at Asia International Innovative Invention Award 2018 for his “4D Printing” project.

DEC 2018
Prof. LIU CT appointed as 4th Term Advisory Committee Member of State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing.

NOV 2018
Prof. LU Jian received Merit Award at the 20th China Hi-Tech Fair (2018) for his invention “4D Printed Ceramic 3C Product”.

NOV 2018
Prof. LU Jian received Joint Laboratory of Nanomaterials and Nanomechanics as one of the “outstanding joint laboratories” in an evaluation of the laboratories jointly established by Chinese Academy of Science and academic institutions in Hong Kong in 2018.

OCT 2018
The joint team of Prof. WANG Zuankai and Dr. SHEN Yajing (BME) has developed a novel tiny, soft robot with caterpillar-like legs capable of carrying heavy loads and adaptable to adverse environments. The mini delivery-robot could pave the way for medical technology advances, such as drug delivery in the human body. (Read more)

AUG 2018
Prof. LU Jian’s team has developed the world’s first-ever 4D printing for ceramics which was published in Science Advances and has received 4 US patents. (Read more)

JUL 2018
Prof. LIU CT appointed as 1st Term Academic Committee Member of Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science.

JUL 2018
CityU Underwater Robotics Team including SZE Tsz Ho, MOK Tsz Ling and YEUNG On Lik won Third Prize in 3rd Underwater Robot Competition held in Shanghai in 9-11 July 2018. (Read more)

JUL 2018
MTE final year students CHAN Tsz Lung, LAM Cheuk Hung, LUK Ying Kit and LAM Wah Shing received the Gold Award of the ASM Technology Award 2018 for their project “Transformable Wheelchair”. (Read more)

JUL 2018
Prof. WANG Zuankai’s team has been granted about HK$5.5 million for their project on “Bio-inspired surface engineering for phase change heat transfer: From fundamental understanding to practical applications” under RGC’s Collaborative Research Fund Scheme (CRF). (Read more)

JUN 2018
PhD student James Utama Surjadi, under Dr. LU Yang ’s supervision, was awarded the Nano Letters Best Poster Award and the Materials Today Rising Star Poster Gold Award during the NANO 2018 conference held on 24-29 June 2018. (Read more)

JUN 2018
NRE and M.E. students will participate in the internship arranged by China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) in London and Shenzhen during summer, marking the first time for a national nuclear enterprise to engage Hong Kong students for internship. (Read more)

JUN 2018
Prof. WANG Zuankai was acknowledged by the World Cultural Council as young researchers and scholars from Hong Kong who have performed outstandingly in the fields of science, education or arts, from among nine young research leaders at CityU. (Read more)

MAY 2018
Prof. LU Jian receives the 12th Guanghua Engineering Science and Technology Award, the most prestigious award for engineering and technology achievement in China. (Read more)

MAY 2018
Mechatronic Engineering final-year students CHAN Tsz Lung, LAM Cheuk Hung, LAM Wah Shing and LUK Ying Kit won the Third Prize at the “Challenge Cup” National Competition-Hong Kong Regional Final, Hong Kong University Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition 2018.

APR 2018
Dr. LU Yang’s research team has recently published their groundbreaking discovery that diamonds at nanoscale can undergo ultralarge, fully reversible elastic deformation in the prestigious journal Science. (Read more)

MAR 2018
Mr. LI Jiaqian, under the supervision of Prof. WANG Zuankai, won Premier Prize at the first International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE) Bionic Innovation Competition from among over 130 works worldwide.