Research & Projects

CityU faculty and students are actively engaged in innovative and cutting-edge research for exploring the sustainability challenges and environmental issues in Hong Kong and the region. Examples of on-going projects with sustainability focus:

List of on-going Research Projects Funded by Research Grants or Contracts

Project Title Department Principal Investigator
A Study on Fire Hazards of Vertical Greenery Systems due to Window Flame Plume ACEDepartment of Architecture and Civil Engineering Dr Cheuk-lun CHOW
Vertical Greenery System Fires and Burning of Plants with a Cone Calorimeter ACEDepartment of Architecture and Civil Engineering Dr Cheuk-lun CHOW
Analysis of Energy-efficient Measures and Renewable Energy Technologies towards Net Zero Energy Building Designs ACEDepartment of Architecture and Civil Engineering Dr Danny Hin-wa LI
Developing Effective Eco-feedback Platform to Benchmark Building Energy Consumption and Carbon Dioxide Emission and Promote Energy Saving Behavior and Awareness in Hong Kong ACEDepartment of Architecture and Civil Engineering Dr Jiayu CHEN
Study on the Theory, Models, and Applications of Eco-feedback in Energy Saving Behavior of Building Residents under Complex Social Networks ACEDepartment of Architecture and Civil Engineering Dr Jiayu CHEN
Energy Requirements and Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Power Generation in Office Buildings in Different Climate Zones ACEDepartment of Architecture and Civil Engineering Dr Joseph C LAM
Assessment of the Effectiveness of BEAM PLUS as a Measure to Reduce Waste Generation from Building Construction ACEDepartment of Architecture and Civil Engineering Dr Lara Celine JAILLON
A Conceptual Framework to Prompt Integrated Design in the Early Phase of Green Design in Hong Kong ACEDepartment of Architecture and Civil Engineering Dr Shan LI
Enhancing Design Firms' Performance in Handling Green Building Projects through Integration Strategies ACEDepartment of Architecture and Civil Engineering Dr Shan LI
Building Information Modelling for Life-cycle Carbon Emission Monitoring ACEDepartment of Architecture and Civil Engineering Dr Xiaowei LUO
Understanding Debris Flow Mechanisms and Mitigating Risks for a Sustainable Hong Kong ACEDepartment of Architecture and Civil Engineering Dr Yu WANG
Local Actors, Institutions and Mechanisms: Unraveling Inter-governmental Dynamics of Climate Governance in China AISDepartment of Asian and International Studies Dr Bo MIAO
GROW CityU (Green Roofs Over Walls) AISDepartment of Asian and International Studies Dr Justin L ROBERTSON
Advanced Materials for Waste Heat Recovery APDepartment of Physics and Materials Science Dr Arul Lenus Roy VELLAISAMY
Thermoelectric Assembly for Vehicle Waste Heat Recovery APDepartment of Physics and Materials Science Dr Arul Lenus Roy VELLAISAMY
Sensor Interfaces and Wireless Platforms for Smart Green Buildings APDepartment of Physics and Materials Science Dr Derek HO
Fabricating Mechanoluminescent Nanocomposites to Harness Energy from Natural Environment APDepartment of Physics and Materials Science Dr Feng WANG
Rational Design of Environmental-friendly Polymer-carbon Dot-based Color Light Emitting Diode for Displays and Solid State Lighting APDepartment of Physics and Materials Science Prof Andrey ROGACH (ROGATCH, ANDREI)
Design and Fabrication of a System for Abundant H2 Production Using Graphitic Carbon Nitride Films as the Photoanode APDepartment of Physics and Materials Science Prof Rui-qin ZHANG
Exciton Dynamics and Photocatalytic Degradation Mechanism of Graphitic Carbon Nitride Nanostructures in Water Splitting APDepartment of Physics and Materials Science Prof Rui-qin ZHANG
Synthesis of Graphitic Carbon Nitride Films for Efficient Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting APDepartment of Physics and Materials Science Prof Rui-qin ZHANG
Development of Environment-Friendly and Highly Efficient Carbon-Based Fluorescent Whitening Agents APDepartment of Physics and Materials Science Prof Wenjun ZHANG
Design, Synthesis and Application of Luminescent Transition Metal Complexes for Photocatalytic Activation of Carbon Dioxide BCHDepartment of Biology and Chemistry Dr Chi-chiu KO
Rapid, Reliable and Convenient Nitrate Detection Method for Aquaponic System Water Testing BCHDepartment of Biology and Chemistry Dr Chun-yuen WONG
Microplastic Pollution in Hong Kong and Its Effects on Energetics of Sandy Shore Bivalves BCHDepartment of Biology and Chemistry Dr Siu-gin CHEUNG
Trophic and Growth Analysis of Marine Subtidal Gastropod Assemblages in Contrasting Subtropical Environments BCHDepartment of Biology and Chemistry Dr Siu-gin CHEUNG
Sustainable Conversion of Food Waste and Agricultural Residues to Gamma-valerolactone and Ammonium Sulfate (CityU Matching Fund) BCHDepartment of Biology and Chemistry Prof Istvan Tamas HORVATH
Valorization of the Exoskeletons of Crustaceans in Seafood Waste into Chemicals and Fuels BCHDepartment of Biology and Chemistry Prof Istvan Tamas HORVATH
Benthic and Epiphytic Toxic Algae (BETA): An Emerging Threat to Coral Ecosystems in Hong Kong Waters BCHDepartment of Biology and Chemistry Prof Paul Kwan-sing LAM
Ecology and Biodiversity of Benthic Marine Ecosystems before and after the Trawling Ban in Hong Kong Coastal Waters BCHDepartment of Biology and Chemistry Prof Paul Kwan-sing LAM
Juvenile fish resources and nursery function of macroalgal beds in Hong Kong waters – a habitat-based study BCHDepartment of Biology and Chemistry Prof Paul Kwan-sing LAM
Research Centre for Oceans and Human Health (H2O) BCHDepartment of Biology and Chemistry Prof Paul Kwan-sing LAM
State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution (SKLMP) BCHDepartment of Biology and Chemistry Prof Paul Kwan-sing LAM
State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution (SKLMP) - External Funds BCHDepartment of Biology and Chemistry Prof Paul Kwan-sing LAM
State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution (SKLMP) - ITC Fund BCHDepartment of Biology and Chemistry Prof Paul Kwan-sing LAM
Benthic and Epiphytic Toxic Algae (BETA): An Emerging Threat to Coral Ecosystems in Hong Kong Waters BMSDepartment of Biomedical Sciences Dr Leo Lai CHAN
Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture BMSDepartment of Biomedical Sciences Dr Leo Lai CHAN
Benthic and Epiphytic Toxic Algae (BETA): An Emerging Threat to Coral Ecosystems in Hong Kong Waters BMSDepartment of Biomedical Sciences Prof Shuk-han CHENG
Development of Micro Combined Cooling and Power System Driven by Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC-mCCP) for Premises in Hot and Humid Climate BSTDivision of Building Science & Technology Dr Square Kwong-fai FONG
Retrofitting Existing Building (Energy Efficiency) - A Quantitative Approach BSTDivision of Building Science & Technology Dr Tin-tai CHOW
A GA-based System Sizing Method for Net Zero Energy Buildings with Multi-criteria Performance Requirements under Uncertainties BSTDivision of Building Science & Technology Dr Yongjun SUN
A Study on Coordinated Demand Response Control in a Group of Commercial Buildings for Grid Power Balance BSTDivision of Building Science & Technology Dr Yongjun SUN
A Study on Multi-criteria System Sizing under Uncertainty for Net Zero Energy Buildings BSTDivision of Building Science & Technology Dr Yongjun SUN
Demand Response Control of Commercial Buildings Interaction with Smart Grid BSTDivision of Building Science & Technology Dr Yongjun SUN
Non-Volatile FPGA: Towards Efficient Versatile Internet of Things in a Smarter City CSDepartment of Computer Science Dr Jason Chun XUE
Renaissance: Revamping Software on Non-volatile Processors for Energy Harvesting Embedded Systems CSDepartment of Computer Science Dr Jason Chun XUE
Centre for Smart Energy Conversion and Utilization Research (CSCR) EEDepartment of Electronic Engineering Prof Henry Shu-hung CHUNG
Smart and Sustainable Campus EEDepartment of Electronic Engineering Prof Henry Shu-hung CHUNG
The Key Technologies of the Energy Storage System - Smart Battery Management System for Distributed Energy Resources (CityU Matching Fund) EEDepartment of Electronic Engineering Prof Henry Shu-hung CHUNG
Examining the Rhetorical Content of Sustainable Fashion Brands: An Investigative Analysis into the Creation of Promotional Texts by Fashion Producers in the Hong Kong Market as a Form of Social Marketing ENDepartment of English Dr Anne F PEIRSON-SMITH
Development of a Vanadium Redox Flow Battery Based Renewable Energy System MBEDepartment of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Dr Jiyun ZHAO
Investigation on the Supercritical Fluids Applications in Advanced Nuclear and Renewable Energy Systems MBEDepartment of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Dr Jiyun ZHAO
Research Facilities for Severe Nuclear Accident Analysis and Vanadium Redox Flow Battery Energy Storage System MBEDepartment of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Dr Jiyun ZHAO
Research towards High Efficient Low Cost Vanadium Redox Flow Battery Energy Storage System (VRB-ESS) MBEDepartment of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Dr Jiyun ZHAO
3D Printing of “Artificial Bamboo”: a Hierarchical Cellular Microstructured Green Structural Material MBEDepartment of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Dr Yang LU
Center for Advanced Nuclear Safety and Sustainable Development (ANSD) MBEDepartment of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Prof Ji-jung KAI
Green Motion Sensors: Graphene-based Eco-Friendly Micro Accelerometers (CityU Matching Fund) MBEDepartment of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Prof Wenjung LI
Delivering 21st Century Healthcare in Hong Kong - Building a Quality-and-Efficiency Driven System MSDepartment of Management Sciences Prof Frank Youhua CHEN
Coalitions of the "Weak": Fighting Pollution at China’s Rural-Urban Interface POLDepartment of Public Policy Dr Thomas Richard JOHNSON
How Green Turns into Gold? Optimizing the Dual Effect of ‘Price Premium for Green’ and ‘Cost Premium for Green’ of HK-BEAM Plus Certified Housing POLDepartment of Public Policy Dr Xiaoling ZHANG
Willingness of Residents to Pay and Motivations for Reducing Household Carbon Emission at Community Levels in the Compact City of Hong Kong POLDepartment of Public Policy Dr Xiaoling ZHANG
Social Entrepreneurship POLDepartment of Public Policy Dr Yanto CHANDRA
Sustainability and Social Mobility in Professional Services: A Case Study of Accounting Profession in Hong Kong POLDepartment of Public Policy Prof Linda Che-lan LI
Sustainability and Social Mobility in Professional Services: A Case Study of Accounting Profession in Hong Kong POLDepartment of Public Policy Prof Linda Che-lan LI
Sustainable Hong Kong and China: Innovative Agency and Institutional Development POLDepartment of Public Policy Prof Linda Che-lan LI
Archiving Ephemeral Knowledge - Hong Kong Martial Arts as a Documentation Strategy for Intangible Cultural Heritage SCMSchool of Creative Media Dr Harald Peter KRAEMER
Characterization of the Energy Source Mix for Electricity Generation SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Aude POMMERET
Implementing Environmental Policy in a Politically-constrained World; Second Best under Uncertainty SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Aude POMMERET
Irreversible Decisions and Thresholds Under Specific Uncertainty. Designing the Energy Source Mix for Electricity Generation SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Aude POMMERET
Bioconversion of Food and Beverage Waste to High Value-added Product SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Carol Sze Ki LIN
Conversion of Food Waste into Polylactic Acid Fibre (CityU Internal Fund) SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Carol Sze Ki LIN
No Agro-Waste: Innovative Approaches to Turn Agricultural Waste into Ecological and Economic Assets (NoAW) SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Carol Sze Ki LIN
Sustainable Biorefinery Concept Based on Microalgal Biomass Produced from Mixed Food Waste Hydrolysate (CityU Matching Fund) SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Carol Sze Ki LIN
Textile Waste Recycling by Biological Method SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Carol Sze Ki LIN
Energy Epidemiology of the Hong Kong Building Stock SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Ian Alexander RIDLEY
Residential Ventilation Behaviour and Indoor Air Quality SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Ian Alexander RIDLEY
Ventilation and Mixing Timescales for Urban Air Quality SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Keith NGAN
Developing a Smart Bus Distribution Model for Local Air Quality Improvement SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Nicky Yun-fat LAM
Improving spring-time air quality forecast capability on the PATH modeling system SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Nicky Yun-fat LAM
Influences of Stratospheric Ozone and Long-Range Transport on Background Surface Ozone for Air Pollution Management SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Nicky Yun-fat LAM
Investigation of Local Chemical Composition and its Impacts on Hong Kong Air Quality during the Southeast Asian Biomass Burning Season SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Nicky Yun-fat LAM
Testing Hybrid Statistical-dynamical Model (Hybrid-SDM) under Future Climate Change SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Nicky Yun-fat LAM
Development of a Food Waste-to-energy Pilot Technology SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Patrick Kwan Hon LEE
Developing Z-Scheme Photocatalysts for the Selective Reduction of Carbon Dioxide SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Wey Yang TEOH
Black Carbon in Urban Atmosphere: Size and Coating from Near-source to Ambient Environment SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Zhi NING
Development of a mobile air sensor network in Hong Kong for sustainable air quality management and cost-effective traffic control SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Zhi NING
Development of a Smart, High Efficiency and Energy Saving PM2.5 Sensing and Purifying System for Indoor Air Cleaning SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Zhi NING
Development of a Smart, High Efficiency and Energy Saving PM2.5 Sensing and Purifying System for Indoor Air Cleaning (CityU Internal Fund) SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Zhi NING
Semi-volatile Particulate Matter (PM) Species in Roadside Environment: Role in Gas-particle Partitioning and Formation of Oxidative Potential SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Zhi NING
Transformation of Water Soluble Iron Speciation in Particulate Matter: Evidence in the Atmosphere and Implication on Particle Oxidative Potential SEESchool of Energy and Environment Dr Zhi NING
Demonstration of the Potential Application of TEC (Tidal Energy Converter) in Hong Kong SEESchool of Energy and Environment Prof Johnny Chung-leung CHAN
Guy Carpenter Asia-Pacific Climate Impact Centre SEESchool of Energy and Environment Prof Johnny Chung-leung CHAN
Ability R&D Energy Research Centre SEESchool of Energy and Environment Prof Michael Kwok-hi LEUNG
Artificial Alveolar Mechanics for Enhancing Multiphase Catalytic Reactor Activity in the Field of Energy and Environment SEESchool of Energy and Environment Prof Michael Kwok-hi LEUNG
Nanomaterials for Clean Energy and Environment SEESchool of Energy and Environment Prof Michael Kwok-hi LEUNG
Novel Integrated Organic Rankine Cycle for Recovery of Low-Grade Waste Heat from Air-Conditioning Systems for Electricity Production SEESchool of Energy and Environment Prof Michael Kwok-hi LEUNG
Air Pollution in Elevated Walkway Microenvironments in Urban Street Canyons SEESchool of Energy and Environment Prof Peter BRIMBLECOMBE
Air Pollution in Sitting-out Areas and Playgrounds in the Urban Roadside Environment SEESchool of Energy and Environment Prof Peter BRIMBLECOMBE
Evolution of Reactive Oxygen Species on Particles in the Roadside Environment SEESchool of Energy and Environment Prof Peter BRIMBLECOMBE
Delivering 21st Century Healthcare in Hong Kong - Building a Quality-and-Efficiency Driven System - SEEM Team SEEMDepartment of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Prof Kwok-leung TSUI
Forecasting Renewable Energy Production SEEMDepartment of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Prof Kwok-leung TSUI
Biodiversity of Marine Dinoflagellates in Hong Kong SKLMPState Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution Dr To Yan LEUNG
Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART) SLWSchool of Law Dr Surya DEVA
The Application of Positive Education to Nurture Wellbeing and Promote Mental Health of Primary School Students SSDepartment of Applied Social Studies Dr Sylvia Yuk-ching Lai KWOK

(The list of on-going research projects is gathered from Internet Research Information System as at Sep 2016. For more updated information, please visit the Internet Research Information System.)