Ongoing Research Projects

Currently, our group is involved in six on-going projects, including GRF, MCEF, ECF, UGC/FDS, ConRes-RO, and UGC/TRS grants. We have been extending our close connections with institutions (academic, governmental, and private) within and outside of Hong Kong.

Projects involved as Principal Investigator (PI)

Facile Fabrication of a Bioinspired Omniphobic-slippery Membrane For Robust Membrane Distillation with Real Time Monitoring for Wetting, Fouling and Scaling.

GRF (CityU 11209421), on-going

~$956,000, Jan 2022 – Dec 2024

Removal of Micro/Nano Plastic from Marine Environments Using Nanobubble.

MCEF (MCEF20017), on-going

$523,200.00, May 2021 – Apr 2023

The 4th International Forum on Asian Water Environment Technology (IFAWET-4). 

ECF (ECF2020-42), conference held

~$458,500, Jan 2021 – Dec 2021

Investigation of nanobubble flotation to remove micro/nano plastic from Sewage Treatment Works (STWs) in Hong Kong. 

ECF (ECF 2020-05), on-going

~$500,000, Oct 2021 – Sep 2023

Design and Development of a Novel Membrane Distillation Process for Textile Wastewater Treatment and Reuse for Zero Liquid Discharge. 

ITF (9440294), completed

~$3M, (ITC and L Industries), Dec 2018 – Nov 2020

A Novel Membrane Distillation-crystallizer (MDCr) for Zero Liquid Discharge and Valuable Resource Recovery. 

ITF (9440195), completed

~$3M, (ITC and Prime World Limited), May 2018 – Apr 2020

Engineering Omniphobic Slippery Membrane Surface for Wetting and Fouling Prevention: The Expanded Application of Membrane Distillation for Resource Recovery from Wastewater. 

GRF (9042497), completed

$582,000,  Jan 2018 – Dec 2020

Thermally Driven Energy Efficient Desalination Process: A Hybrid Membrane Distillation-Adsorption Desalination System for Concentrate Treatment. 

ECS (9048074), completed

$446,050, Sep 2016 – Aug 2019

Analysing and Monitoring On-site Smart Bin Operation and Odor Control Supporting for Promotion to Adopt New Technology. 

ConRes-RO (9231256), completed

$200,000, (Korea Land and Housing Corporation & Hyeockho Engineering), May 2017 – Aug 2019

Nanocomposite Super-hydrophobic-oleophilic Oil Sorbent for Enhanced Sorption Capacity and Reusability. 

ARG (9667155), completed

$167,630, Jun 2017 – May 2019

Controlling NOM Fouling on the Microfiltration Ceramic Membrane by Fe-Al Binary Oxide Adsorption Cake Layer. 

MF_EXT (9678158)

$191,875, May 2018 – Nov 2021

First Stage of Desalination Plant at Tseung Kwan O -Investigation, Design and Construction (Black & Veatch). 

Consultancy (OPAU) (NP024441-01), Completed

$200,000, (WSD and Black & Veatch), Aug 2016 – Dec 2017

Smart Bin & Sustainable Campus: Turning Waste into Energy. 

CSF (6986032), Completed

$131,801, Mar 2016 – Jun 2017

Showcasing the Smart-Bin as a Model for Good Sustainability Practice at CityU for Food Waste Management. 

CSF (6986050), Completed

$65,000, Jul 2017 – Jun 2018

Projects involved in as Co-PI

Development of a novel photocatalytic membrane system for bacteria-resistant organics oxidation in wastewater.

UGC/FDS (UGC/FDS25/E10/17), on-going

$920,100, 2018 – 2020

Investigating the Use of Nanobubble Technology in Aquaculture.

ConRes-RO (9240005), on-going

$10M, (IDRC), 2019 – 2021

A Paradigm-shifting, Fully-integrated, Compact Wastewater-to-resource Facility (WWRF).

UGC/TRS (T21-604 /19-R), on-going


Highly Branched Fluorous Ponytails for Membrane Distillation.