Dr. Yun Hau NG

Associate Professor (School of Energy and Environment)

Dr. Yun Hau NG

Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-B5435
Phone: +(852)-3442-2460
Fax: +(852)-3442-0688
Email: yunhaung@cityu.edu.hk

Research Interests

  • Suspension-type nanoparticulate photocatalytic water splitting
  • Photoelectrochemical water splitting
  • Electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction or conversion assisted with light
  • Other photocatalytic reactions for energy and environmental applications

Dr. Yun Hau Ng received his B. Sc. (Industrial Chemistry) from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2003 and his Ph.D from Osaka University (under supervision of Prof. Michio Matsumura) in 2009. After a brief research stay at the Radiation Laboratory, the University of Notre Dame (Prof. Prashant Kamat's group), he joined the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) with the Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (APD) in 2011. In 2014, he took up a lecturer position at the School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW and was promoted to a tenured Senior Lecturer in 2016.

Dr. Ng’s research is focused on the development of novel photoactive semiconductors system (particles and thin films) for sunlight energy-to-chemicals conversion and storage. Focusing on these topics, he has secured more than AUD$3 million research funding in the last 7 years from various sources including the Australian Research Council. As of April 2018, he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles including well-recognised journals such as Chem. Rev., Adv. Mater., Adv. Energy Mater., JACS, Energy Environ. Sci, Nano Energy, Small and Chem. Mater. Dr. Ng is currently serving as Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports and Frontiers in Energy Research. He has also served as a Guest Editor in special issues for Catal. Today (Elsevier), ChemPlusChem (Wiley), Particle and Particle Systems Characterizations (Wiley), and Energies (MDPI).

Dr. Ng has received The Distinguished Lectureship Award from the Chemical Society of Japan in 2018. He was previously named the Honda-Fujishima Prize winner in 2013 as the first non-Japanese recipient, in recognition of his work in the area of photo-driven water splitting. He is also an Emerging Investigator in Energy Materials selected by RSC J. Mater. Chem. A in 2016.

Research Interests:

  • Suspension-type nanoparticulate photocatalytic water splitting. (i) Reactor design for scalable reaction; (ii) Development of Z-scheme artificial photosynthesis using oxide powder; (iii) Band-structural modulation of oxide semiconductor
  • Photoelectrochemical water splitting. (i) Scalable thin film fabrication methods; (ii) Liquid-solid interface at photoelectrodes; (iii) Charge transportation under illuminated electrochemical system.
  • Electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction or conversion assisted with light. (i) CO2 adsorption-reduction/conversion mechanistic pathways; (ii) Development of low cost earth-abundant electrode materials.
  • Other photocatalytic reactions for energy and environmental applications. For examples, (i) NOx degradation and (ii) ammonia decomposition (for hydrogen generation)

Position(s) available

Post-doctoral/ Research Associate/ Research Assistant positions

Funding is periodically available for postdoctoral researchers in the areas of renewable energy conversion and storage. If you have strong track record and are interested in career and life experiences in Hong Kong, please contact Dr. Ng with a cover letter, CV, a list of three referees. Fellowship applications to external funding bodies from suitable candidates with a strong track record are also encouraged.

Graduate students

We are currently looking for highly motivated, intelligent and team-playing students of exceptional research potential to do their PhD in our group. All PhD candidates should have a completed M.Sc, M.Eng. or Honours degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials or related subjects with good results and English fluency. Interested and Qualified candidates are encouraged to express their interest (cover letter, CV, copies of transcript) via e-mail to Dr. Yun Hau Ng. Multiple PhD positions are available and the review of applications will begin immediately. Applicants will have to go through a centralised admission process through the City University of Hong Kong. The next intake of graduate students will be for the academic year starting from September 2018.

Visiting Professor/Researchers/Students

We welcome collaborative research visits, both short term (months) and long term (>1 year). Please kindly contact Dr. Ng.

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 Awards and Honours

2018 Distinguished Lectureship Award by the Chemical Society of Japan.
2017 John A. Brodie Medal by ENGINEERS Australia
2016 Emerging Investigator by J. Mater. Chem. (Royal Society of Chemistry)
2015 Theo Murphy Frontiers of Science Travel Award
2013 Honda-Fujishima Prize by the Electrochemical Society of Japan
2012 Early Career Researcher Academy Award by UNSW
2011 Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (APD), by ARC.
2008 Japan Global Center of Excellence Fellowship (GCOE – Visiting Researcher), University of Notre Dame, USA.