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Research Degree Programmes

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

The College has a strong international reputation in research. In Mathematics, it was ranked 1st in Hong Kong, 4th in Asia-Pacific and 24th worldwide by the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities by National Taiwan University Ranking (2017). It was also within the top 50 internationally by QS World University Rankings (2018) and the top 100 by Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) (2017).

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 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. Chemistry: Green and synthetic chemistry; green materials/ manufacturing; sustainable development; spectroscopy and catalysis; catalyst design and synthesis; organic electroluminescent devices; inorganic photo-responsive and luminescent chemosensors; organometallic chemistry; homogeneous catalysis; biological chemistry; materials chemistry; computational chemistry; environmental chemistry.
  2. Biology: Chemical biology; developmental and cell biology; nano-biotechnology and biosensing; microbiology and bioactive compounds; genomics and biotechnology; proteomics and metabolomics; environmental biology.
  3. Environmental Science: Freshwater and marine pollution; aquatic ecology and conservation; sustainable development in marine ecosystem; renewable energy, energy storage and management, energy efficiency and conservation; environmental physiology; ecotoxicology; environmental biotechnology; environmental physics; environmental monitoring; environmental measurement; remediation technologies; 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; 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. Dan DAI
Phone: 3442-5995


Department of Physics

Research focus/expertise in the Department include:

  1. Theory and Computational Physics: condensed matter theory to study quantum transport, correlated electrons, spintronics and optical processes, computational solid state physics to study structural, electronic, exciton, phonon and magnetic properties of novel systems such as topological and 2-dimensional systems, computational chemistry to develop and use quantum mechanical methods to calculate the structures and properties of molecules, computational biology physics to illuminate the structure and function of supramolecular systems in the living cell, 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 to determine the structure and dynamics of materials, 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, Optics, and Low-Dimensional Systems: mechanism of noise and decoherence, open quantum system and quantum entanglement, non-equilibrium physics in AMO system, 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, graphene, 2D materials beyond graphene, heterostructures and interfaces; And
  4. Soft Matter and Biophysics: dynamics of protein and subcellular processes (DNA, RNA, membrane), emergent phenomena in live cells with single molecule sensitivity, non-equilibrium mechanisms in active living matter, biological networks, biological and clinical experiments, novel physics-based data acquisition protocol and instrumentation in biomedical imaging.

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

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