PhD (UCDavis)

Associate Head and Associate Professor of Department of Chemistry


Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-B6521
Phone: +852 3442-6849
Fax: +852 3442-0522
Email: kaichung@cityu.edu.hk
ORCID ID: 0000-0003-2125-6841
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Research Interests

  • Computational Thermochemistry
  • ab initio Molecular Orbital Studies on the Structures
  • Energetics, and Reactivities of Chemical Species
  • Theoretical Aspects of Chemical Bondings
  • Reaction Mechanisms
  • Potential Energy surfaces and Related Properties

Kai-Chung Lau obtained his B.S. degree from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (1997) and his M.Phil. degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (1999) under the supervision of Wai-Kee Li. In 2004, he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Davis, where his advisor was Cheuk-Yiu Ng. Before joining the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) as an assistant professor in 2006, he was a postdoc with Laurie Butler at the University of Chicago. His current research at CityU involves the use of state-of-the-art computational hardware and high-level theoretical methods to solve problems in chemistry, e.g., using ab initio theory to study chemical reactivities and reaction mechanisms of organic and organometallic molecules as well as employing coupled-cluster method to predict thermochemistry of ionic, neutral and reactive radical species. He also has research experience on the photodissociation dynamic study using velocity map imaging technique.


The updated publication list can be accessed from Scopus and recent research activities are at ResearchGate.