Prof. Michael K. H. LEUNG

Associate Dean, School of Energy and Environment (Undergraduate Studies)

Professor, School of Energy and Environment

Director, Ability R&D Energy Research Centre (AERC)

Prof. Michael K.H. LEUNG

Contact Information

Office: AC1-B5431
Phone: +(852)-3442-4626
Fax: +(852)-3442-0688
Time slots for consultation

Research Interests

  • Solar Photocatalysis
  • Fuel-cell Electrochemistry
  • Hydrogen Production
  • Carbon Management
  • Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Advanced Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning

Prof. Michael Leung started his academic career as a Lecturer in the Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management at the City University of Hong Kong in 2000. In 2002, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Hong Kong as a Research Assistant Professor; and in 2006 became an Assistant Professor. In 2010, he joined the City University of Hong Kong again as an Associate Professor in the School of Energy and Environment (SEE). He also serves as the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies) in SEE since 2012. In 2015, he became a Professor.

Prof. Leung's main research interests are solar photocatalysis, fuel-cell electrochemistry, hydrogen production, carbon management, carbon capture and storage, advanced refrigeration and air-conditioning. He is listed as a highly cited scholar in energy science and engineering ( Since 2002, he has totally received HK$18M+ research funding as a PI from ITF, RGC, ECF & WWGF, SDF, industrial sponsorships, university internal grants, donations, etc. He has published 120+ journal papers, 70+ conference papers, 15 books/book chapters, and 6 patents.

Prof. Leung is also a Past Chairman of the Energy Institute (Hong Kong Branch), a Member of the HKSAR Energy Advisory Committee, Energy Discipline Representative in HKIE Education and Examinations Committee, a Chartered Engineer, and a Registered Professional Engineer.

Position(s) available

Post-doctoral Fellows / Senior Research Assistants / Research Assistants in the field of Energy at the School of Energy and Environment

  • Duties
    The appointee will conduct research in at least one of the following areas: microbial fuel cell, microfluidic fuel cell, photocataylsis, carbon management, advanced refrigeration and air-conditioning.

  • Requirements
    Degree holder in relevant science or engineering fields: Ph.D. degree for Post-doctoral Fellow; Bachelor's or Master's degree for Senior Research Assistant / Research Assistant. Candidates with experience in theoretical modeling or experimental study are preferred.

  • Salary and Conditions of Service
    Salary offered will be highly competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include leave, medical and dental consultations at the campus clinic.

  • Application
    Applications will be accepted until all the positions are filled. Please send completed application form and current CV to Prof. Michael K.H. Leung at For more information, please contact Prof. Michael K.H. Leung by email. Please click here to download the Application Form.


City University of Hong Kong is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, especially applicants who will enhance the diversity of our staff.

Selected Journal Articles

  • Wenguang Fan, Michael K.H. Leung, Recent Development of Plasmonic Resonance-Based Photocatalysis and Photovoltaics for Solar Utilization, Molecules 2016, 21(2):180.
  • Li Li, Wenguang Fan, Jin Xuan, Michael K.H. Leung, Dimensionless parametric sensitivity analysis of microfluidic fuel cell with flow-through porous electrodes, Electrochimica Acta 2016, 187: 636–645.
  • Hao Zhang, Huizhi Wang, Michael K.H. Leung, Hong Xu, Li Zhang, Jin Xuan, Understanding the performance of optofluidic fuel cells: Experimental and theoretical analyses, Chemical Engineering Journal 2016, 283: 1455–1464.
  • Li Li, Keqing Zheng, Meng Ni, Michael K.H. Leung, Jin Xuan, Partial modification of flow-through porous electrodes in microfluidic fuel cell, Energy 2015, 88: 563–571.
  • Huizhi Wang, Xiaojiao Luo, Michael K. H. Leung, Dennis Y. C. Leung, Zhiyong Tang, Hailiang Wang, Rafael Luque and Jin Xuan, In situ photogalvanic acceleration of optofluidic kinetics: a new paradigm for advanced photocatalytic technologies, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 791.
  • She, Yiyi; Lu, Zhouguang; Ni, Meng; Li, Li; Leung, Michael, Facile Synthesis of Nitrogen and Sulfur Co-doped Carbon from Ionic Liquid as Metal-free Catalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2015, 7(13):7214-21.
  • Songling Wang, Stephen V. Kershaw, Guisheng Li, Michael K. H. Leung, Self-assembly Synthesis of Tungsten Oxide Quantum Dots with Enhanced Optical Properties, Journal of Materials Chemistry C 2015, 3:3280-3285.
  • Rengasamy Karthikeyan, Bin Wang, Jin Xuan, Jonathan W. C Wong, Patrick. K. H. Lee, Michael K.H. Leung,Interfacial electron transfer and bioelectrocatalysis of carbonized plant material as effective anode of microbial fuel cell, Electrochimica Acta, Volume 157, 1 March 2015, Pages 314–323
  • Lei Wang, Fude Liu, Wentao Wang, Dawei Zheng, Huizhi Wang and Michael Kow-Hi Leung, A Hybrid Aluminum/Hydrogen/Air Cell—Common Cathode, Journal of Energy and Power Engineering, Volume 8, Number 11, November 2014, 1889-1894.
  • Wang Bin, Xiao-Ying Lu, Xuan Jin, Michael K.H. Leung, Facile synthesis of TiO2 hollow spheres composed of high percentage reactive facets for enhanced photocatalytic activity, CrystEngComm, 2014,16, 10046-10055.
  • Hongkang Wang, Liujiang Xi, Jiri Tucek, Chuansheng Ma, Guang Yang, Michael K. H. Leung, Radek Zboril, Chunming Niu and Andrey L. Rogach , Synthesis and characterization of tin titanate nanotubes: As precursors for nanoparticulate Sn-doped TiO2 anodes with synergistically improved electrochemical performance, ChemElectroChem, 2014, 1(9), 1563-1569.
  • Hongkang Wang, Man Wang, Beibei Li, Xia Yang, Klara Safarova, Radek Zboril, Andrey L. Rogach and Michael K. H. Leung, Hydrothermal synthesis and electrochemical properties of tin titanate nanowires coupled with SnO2 nanoparticles, CrystEngComm, 2014, 16 (32), 7529 – 7535.
  • Bin Wang, Hao Zhang, Xiao-Ying Lu, Jin Xuan, Michael K.H. Leung, Solar photocatalytic fuel cell using CdS–TiO2 photoanode and air-breathing cathode for wastewater treatment and simultaneous electricity production, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2014, 253, 174-182.
  • Huizhi Wang, Shunjie Gu, Dennis Y.C. Leung, Hong Xu, Michael K.H. Leung, Li Zhang, Jin Xuan Development and characteristics of a membraneless microfluidic fuel cell array, Electrochimica Acta, 2014, 135, 467-477.
  • Bin Wang, Rengasamy Karthikeyana, Xiao-Ying Lu, Jin Xuan, Michael K.H. Leung, High photocatalytic activity of immobilized TiO2 nanorods on carbonized cotton fibers, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2013, 263, 659-669.
  • Xu Lu, Dennis Y.C. Leung, Huizhi Wang, Michael K.H. Leung, Jin Xuan , Electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to formic acid, ChemElectroChem, 2014, 1(5), 836-849.
  • Jinguo Wang, Fenglei Cao, Zhenfeng Bian, Michael K.H. Leung, Hexing Li, Ultrafine single-crystal TiOF2 nanocubes with mesoporous structure, high activity and durability in visible light driven photocatalysis, Nanoscale,  2014, 6, 897-902.
  • Yiyi She, Zhouguang Lu, Wenguang Fan, Simon Jewell ,Michael K. H. Leung, Facile preparation of PdNi/rGO and the electrocatalytic performance towards formic acid oxidation, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2014, 2 (11),  3894 - 3898.
  • Bin Wang, Xiao-Ying Lu, Jin Xuan, Michael K.H. Leung, Facile synthesis and photocatalytic disinfection of boron self-doped TiO2 nanosheets, Materials Letters, 2014, 115, 57–59. [*Top 1% based on ISI Web of Knowledge, Essential Science Indicators – Citation Analysis (Engineering)]
  • Bin Wang, Rengasamy Karthikeyan, Xiao-Ying Lu, Jin Xuan, Michael K.H. Leung, Hollow carbon fibers derived from natural cotton as effective sorbents for oil spill cleanup, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2013, 52 (51), pp 18251–18261.
  • Wenguang Fan, Simon Jewell, Yiyi She, Michael K.H. Leung, In situ deposition of Ag-Ag2S hybrid nanoparticles onto TiO2 nanotube arrays towards fabrication of photoelectrodes with high visible light photoelectrochemical properties, Phys Chem Chem Phys., 2014, 16 (2), 676 – 680. [*Top 1% based on ISI Web of Knowledge, Essential Science Indicators – Citation Analysis (Engineering)]
  • Lei Wang, Dong Liu, Wentao Wang, Guandong Yang, Jin Xuan, Michael K.H. Leung, Fude Liu, A hybrid aluminum/hydrogen/air cell system, International Journal of Hydrogen EnergyVolume 38, Issue 34, 13 November 2013, Pages 14801–14809.
  • Bin Wang, Michael K.H. Leung, Xiao-Ying Lu, Si-Ying Chen, Synthesis and photocatalytic activity of boron and fluorine codoped TiO2 nanosheets with reactive facets, Applied Energy, Volume 112, December 2013, Pages 1190–1197.
  • Hao Zhang, Michael K.H. Leung, Jin Xuan, Hong Xu, Li Zhang, Dennis Y.C. Leung, Huizhi Wang, Energy and exergy analysis of microfluidic fuel cell, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Volume 38, Issue 15, 20 May 2013, Pages 6526–6536.
  • Hao Zhang, Jin Xuan, Hong Xu, Michael K.H. Leung, Dennis Y.C. Leung, Li Zhang, Huizhi Wang, Lei Wang, Enabling high-concentrated fuel operation of fuel cells with microfluidic principles: A feasibility study, Applied Energy, Vol. 112, December 2013, pp 1131-1137.
  • Jin Xuan, Huizhi Wang, Dennis Y.C. Leung, Michael K.H. Leung, Hong Xu, Li Zhang, Yang Shen, Theoretical GraetzeDamköhler modeling of an air-breathing microfluidic fuel cell, Short Communication, Journal of Power Sources 231 (2013) Pages 1-5.
  • Jin Xuan, Dennis Y.C. Leung, Huizhi Wang, Michael K.H. Leung, Bin Wang, Meng Ni, Air-breathing membraneless laminar flow-based fuel cells: Do they breathe enough oxygen?, Applied Energy, Vol. 104, Apr 2013, pp 400-407.
  • Jin Xuan, Dennis Y.C. Leung, Michael K.H. Leung, Meng Ni, Huizhi Wang, Chemical and transport behaviors in a microfluidic reformer with catalytic-support membrane for efficient hydrogen production and purification, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Volume 37, Issue 3, February 2012, Pages 2614-2622.
  • Jin Xuan, Michael K.H. Leung, Dennis Y.C. Leung, Huizhi Wang, Towards orientation-independent performance of membraneless microfluidic fuel cell: understanding the gravity effects, Applied Energy, Volume 90, Issue 1, February 2012, Pages 80-86.
  • Huizhi Wang, Dennis Y.C. Leung, Michael K.H. Leung, Energy analysis of hydrogen and electricity production from aluminum-based processes, Applied Energy, Volume 90, Issue 1, February 2012, Pages 100-105.
  • Jin Xuan, Michael K.H. Leung, Dennis Y.C. Leung, Huizhi Wang, Laminar flow-based fuel cell working under critical conditions: The effect of parasitic current, Applied Energy, Volume 90, Issue 1, February 2012, Pages 87-93.
  • Leung D. Y. C., Deng Y., Leung M. K. H., Parametric study of a fan-bladed micro-wind turbine, Journal of Power and Energy, Volume: 225, Issue: A8, December 2011, Pages: 1120-1131.
  • Jin Xuan, Dennis Y.C. Leung, Michael K.H. Leung, Huizhi Wang, Meng Ni, Chaotic flow-based fuel cell built on counter-flow microfluidic network: Predicting the over-limiting current behavior, Journal of Power Sources, Volume 196, Issue 22, 15 November 2011, Pages 9391-9397.
  • Haibao Huang, Dennis Y.C. Leung, Guisheng Li, Michael K.H. Leung (HKU), Xianliang Fu, Photocatalytic destruction of air pollutants with vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) irradiation, Catalysis Today, Volume 175, Issue 1, 25 October 2011, Pages 310-315.
  • Jin Xuan, Michael K.H. Leung, Dennis Y.C. Leung, Meng Ni, Huizhi Wang, Hydrodynamic focusing in microfluidic membraneless fuel cells: Breaking the trade-off between fuel utilization and current density, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Volume 36, Issue 17, August 2011, Pages 11075-11084.
  • Yinping Zhang, Jinhan Mo, Yuguo Li, Jan Sundell, Pawel Wargocki, Jensen Zhang, John C. Little, Richard Corsi, Qihong Deng, Michael K.H. Leung (HKU), Lei Fang, Wenhao Chen, Jinguang Li, Yuexia Sun, Can commonly-used fan-driven air cleaning technologies improve indoor air quality? A literature review, Atmospheric Environment, Volume 45, Issue 26, August 2011, Pages 4329-4343.
  • Xuan J, Leung DYC, Leung MKH, Ni M, Wang H, A computational study of bifunctional oxygen electrode in air-breathing reversible microfluidic fuel cells, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy July 2011; 36(15):  9231-9241.
  • Jin Xuan, Michael K.H. Leung, Dennis Y.C. Leung and Meng Ni, Density-induced asymmetric pair of Dean vortices and its effects on mass transfer in a curved microchannel with two-layer laminar stream, Chemical Engineering Journal, 15 June 2011, Vol. 171, Issue 1, pp 216-223.
  • Rizwan Ahmed Memon, Dennis Y. C. Leung, Chun-Ho Liu and Michael K. H. Leung, Urban heat island and its effect on the cooling and heating demands in urban and suburban areas of Hong Kong, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, March 2011, Volume 103, Numbers 3-4, 441-450, DOI: 10.1007/s00704-010-0310-y.
  • H.Z. Wang, D.Y.C. Leung, M.K.H. Leung, M. Ni and K.Y. Chan, Modeling and analysis of an aluminum–water electrochemical generator for simultaneous production of electricity and hydrogen, International Journal of Energy Research, January 2011, Vol. 35, Iss 1, pp 44–51, DOI: 10.1002/er.1732.
  • Jin Xuan, Michael K.H. Leung and Meng Ni, Coating-by parts method for experimental study of internal mechanisms of water gas shift processor, International Journal of Energy Research, January 2011, Volume 35, Issue 1, pages 31–39.
  • Huizhi Wang, Dennis Y.C. Leung, Michael K.H. Leung, and Meng Ni, Modeling of parasitic hydrogen evolution effects in an aluminum-air cell, Energy & Fuels, 15 July 2010, 24 (7), pp 3748–3753, DOI: 10.1021/ef901344k.
  • Guisheng Li, Dieqing Zhang, Jimmy C. Yu, Michael K.H. Leung, An efficient bismuth tungstate visible-light-driven photocatalyst for breaking down a smog precursor nitric oxide, Environmental Science & Technology, June 2010, vol.  44, pp 4276-4281. [*Top 1% based on ISI Web of Knowledge, Essential Science Indicators – Citation Analysis (Engineering)]
  • Dennis Y. C. Leung Xianliang Fu, Cuifang Wang, Meng Ni, Michael K. H. Leung, Xuxu Wang, and Xianzhi Fu, Hydrogen production over titania-based photocatalysts, ChemSusChem, 21 June 2010, 3, 681 – 694.
  • Guisheng Li, M.K.H. Leung, Template-free synthesis of hierarchical porous SnO2, Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, March 2010, Vol. 53, Number 3, pp. 499–503, DOI: 10.1007/s10971-009-2122-z.
  • Dennis Y.C. Leung, Xuan Wu, M.K.H. Leung, A review on biodiesel production using catalyzed transesterification, Applied Energy, Volume 87, Issue 4, April 2010, Pages 1083-1095. [Most downloaded article in last 30 days in November 2014]
  • Jin Xuan, Michael K.H. Leung, Dennis Y.C. Leung, and Meng Ni, Integrating chemical kinetics with CFD modeling for autothermal reforming of biogas, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 34 (November 2009) 9076–9086.
  • Meng Ni, Michael K.H. Leung and Dennis Y.C. Leung, Ammonia fed solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) for power generation – A Review, International Journal of Energy Research,  2009, vol. 33, no11, pp. 943-959.
  • Wing-Han Ching, Michael K.H. Leung, Dennis Y.C. Leung, An efficient approach to transient turbulent dispersion modeling by CFD-statistical analysis of a many puff system, Fluid Dynamics Research, 2009, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp. 035512.
  • Jin Xuan, Michael K.H. Leung, Dennis Y.C. Leung, Meng Ni, A review of biomass-derived fuel processors for fuel cell systems, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 13 (2009) 1301-1313.
  • Meng Ni, Dennis Y. C. Leung and Michael K. H. Leung, Electrochemical modeling and parametric study of methane fed solid oxide fuel cells, Energy Conversion and Management, Volume 50, Issue 2, February 2009, Pages 268-278.
  • Dennis YC Leung, Michael KH Leung, Alan HS Chan, An overview of emissions trading and its prospects in Hong Kong, Environmental Science & Policy, vol. 12, Feb 2009, pp. 92-101.
  • Michael K.H. Leung and Kit-Ying Chan, Theoretical and experimental studies of heat transfer with moving phase-change interface in freezing and thawing of porous potting soil, Journal of Zhejiang University Science - A, Jan 2009, 10(1): 1-6.