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Research Degree Programmes

The College of Science (CSCI) comprises four academic units: Biostatistics*; Chemistry; Mathematics; and Physics, providing quality education programmes with an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies.

The College has a strong international reputation in research. In Chemistry, it was ranked 2nd in Hong Kong and 75th worldwide by the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities by National Taiwan University Ranking (NTU Ranking) (2020); 2nd in Hong Kong and within top 100 internationally by Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) (2021). In Mathematics, it was ranked 1st in Hong Kong and 48th worldwide by the NTU Ranking (2020), and also within the top 100 internationally by both the QS World University Rankings (2021) and the ARWU (2021).

In addition, the excellence in research as accomplished by the College can be highlighted by the State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution (City University of Hong Kong), the Center Of Super-Diamond and Advanced Films, the Center for Neutron Scattering, and the Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences.

Our Research Areas

Department of Chemistry

The Department is very unique in a multidisciplinary nature by integrating Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental Science. Research focus/ expertise include:

  1. Synthetic Chemistry: green chemistry; spectroscopy and catalysis; catalyst design and synthesis; organic electroluminescent devices; inorganic photo-responsive and luminescent chemosensors; organometallic chemistry; homogeneous catalysis; 
  2. Materials Chemistry: green materials / manufacturing; organic and inorganic functional materials; nanoscience and nanotechnology; organic light-emitting devices; crystal phase control; solar cells; 
  3. Biological Chemistry: chemical biology; bioinorganic chemistry; bioorganic chemistry; developmental and cell biology; nano-biotechnology and biosensing; DNA and RNA chemistry; genomics and biotechnology; proteomics and metabolomics;
  4. Computational Chemistry: energetics and reactivities of chemical species; mechanisms of chemical reactions; 
  5. Environmental Chemistry: freshwater and marine pollution; aquatic ecology and conservation; renewable energy, energy storage and management, energy efficiency and conservation; ecotoxicology; environmental monitoring; environmental impact and risk assessment.

Research Degree Coordinator
Dr. Guangyu ZHU
Phone: 3442-6857


Department of Mathematics

Research strengths/disciplines of the Department include:

  1. Applied Analysis: asymptotics and perturbation methods, dynamical system, kinetic theory, learning theory, partial differential equations, special functions, approximation theory, stochastic analysis;
  2. Computational Mathematics: complexity theory, numerical analysis, scientific computation, computational electromagnetics; 
  3. Mathematical Modelling: control and system theory, fluid mechanics, elasticity, granular materials, mathematical biology, mathematical finance, mathematics of new material, plate and shell theory;
  4. Probability and Statistics: statistical machine learning and data mining, model selection and assessment, high dimensional data analysis, biomedical statistics.

Research Degree Coordinator
Dr. Xianpeng HU
Phone: 3442-2964


Department of Physics

Research focus/expertise in the Department include:

  1. Theoretical and Computational Physics: condensed matter theory, computational solid state physics, computational electrodynamics, computational chemistry, computational biology physics, quantum computation and information, quantum simulation with cold atoms;

  2. Spectroscopy and Imaging: sophisticated experiments involving quantum beams such as synchrotron x-ray, neutron, electron, coherent light, and NMR, the structure and phase transition in glass and liquids, Boson peak and the dynamics of glass and liquids, quantum interactions such as spin-orbital coupling in multiferroics;

  3. Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics: mechanism of noise and decoherence, open quantum system and quantum entanglement, non-equilibrium physics in AMO system, opto-mechanics, photonic crystals and metamaterials;

  4. Low-dimensional Systems: topological quantum computing and Majorana fermions, Dirac and Weyl semimetals, topological and dynamical phenomena and Bose-Einstein condensation and spin-orbit coupling, quantum Hall Effect, transport phenomena, superconductivity, frustrated magnetism, topological superconductors, 2D materials, heterostructures and interfaces;

  5. Soft Matter and Biophysics: dynamics of protein and subcellular processes, emergent phenomena in live cells, non-equilibrium mechanisms in active living matter, biological networks, biological and clinical experiments, novel physics-based data acquisition protocol, instrumentation in biomedical imaging, radiation biophysics, ion-track technology.

Research Degree Coordinator
Dr. Shubo WANG
Phone: 3442-9143

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* The newly established Department of Biostatistics is not offering research degree programme for the time being. Please stay tuned for updated information in due course.