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Designing Multinuclear Solid Atomic Catalysts for Energy and Sustainability Applications

Combining the principles of solid-state chemistry and coordination chemistry, Dr Benedict Lo of the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology has developed an approach that allows for the highly precise and tuneable design of heterogeneous catalytic processes. This pioneering approach helps to optimise the scope and reactivity of catalysts, thereby ushering in the next generation of high-performance, high-efficiency catalytic technologies. Dr Lo also hopes to develop a high-performing electrocatalytic system for converting CO2 to ethylene, ultimately creating “a sustainable ethylene economy powered through decarbonisation”.   Learn more:

3 Feb, 2023


Two PolyU Science projects funded by Research Impact Fund

Congratulations to Prof. Terence Lee and Prof. Zheng Zijian of the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology for receiving funding from the RGC Research Impact Fund 2022/23. The project led by Prof. Terence Lee is “A novel approach to target cancer stemness using peptidic chimeric antigen receptor (pCAR) macrophages”, while the project led by Prof. Zheng Zijian is “Flexible and Stretchable Batteries for Wearable Applications”. The two projects have been awarded a significant funding amount of HK$9.7 million. Congratulations again to Prof. Lee and Prof. Zheng!

7 Jan, 2023


ABCT researchers find breastfeeding moms need more fruits and veggies

The breastfeeding rate in Hong Kong has been increasing steadily over the past 20 years. As the source of a variety of nutrients, breast milk plays a vital role in the healthy growth and development of infants. The Research Institute for Future Food (RiFood) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has conducted a study to analyse the three-day dietary records and breast milk samples of Hong Kong lactating women.  The research has revealed that only 4% of lactating women had dietary habits that met the recommendation from the Department of Health to consume at least two servings of fruits and three servings of vegetables per day, or the recommended intake of vitamin A, according to the “Chinese Dietary Reference Intake” which was established by the Chinese Nutrition Society. There was a significant correlation between dietary intake and the nutrient levels of breast milk, especially the carotenoid and polyphenol contents. As explained by the research team, the first 1,000 days from pregnancy to a two-year-old infant is the basis for establishing long-term health. Breast milk contains a variety of nutrients and plays an important role in their healthy growth. Prof. WONG Man-sau, Steering Committee Member of RiFood and Professor of the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology of PolyU said, “Apart from commonly known nutrients, such as protein and fatty acids, breast milk also contains phytonutrients such as carotenoids and polyphenols. These phytonutrients are important in the physical development of infants and can reduce the level of inflammation. Lacking one or more nutrients may weaken the immune system of infants, and may also increase their risk of getting chronic diseases in the future.” The PolyU research team collected breast milk samples and a three-day dietary record of about 90 lactating women and analysed the levels of carotenoid and polyphenol content. The level of carotenoids in breast milk was higher in lactating women who had a higher intake of fruits and vegetables. Dr Christine LI, Teaching Fellow of the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology of PolyU, said some carotenoids can be converted to vitamin A to promote the development of infants’ brain, vision and immunity, and can also protect the retina from damage by strong light. Dr Daisy ZHAO, Assistant Professor of the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology of PolyU, said polyphenol is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound, which can prevent cardiometabolic diseases and reduce the risk of bacterial infection. Based on the research findings, Dr Kenneth LO, Assistant Professor of the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology of PolyU, suggested lactating women should enhance the levels of carotenoids and polyphenols in breast milk through increasing their fruit and vegetable intake. Common dark green vegetables, including Chinese flowering cabbage, spinach, Chinese kale, Indian lettuce, sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, papayas, mangoes etc., are rich in phytonutrients. A new research project “Feeding mom feeding infants” has been launched by the research team, recruiting about 100 pairs of lactating women and infants for a one-year study, to further investigate the relationship between the dietary habits of lactating women and the nutrients of breast milk, gut microbiota composition of infants and their growth.

14 Dec, 2022



Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award 2022 Award Presentation Ceremony and Dinner

The Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award 2022 Award Presentation Ceremony and Dinner took place on 13 December 2022. The Award aims to give recognition to distinguished graduates of PolyU in their chosen fields, active support to their alma mater, as well as impactful contributions to the wider community. We are pleased to announce that Prof. Edman Tsang Shik-chi has been selected as the recipient of the Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award 2022 in scholarly achievement. Prof. Edman Tsang Shik-chi, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Director of the Wolfson Catalysis Centre of the University of Oxford, is a world-leading expert in chemical materials and green catalysis. He has published over 450 papers in refereed publications including Science and Nature, and his works have been widely cited. Decorated with numerous international awards and a proud owner of 16 patents, he was among the world’s pioneering researchers in nanomaterials, including the synthesis and catalytic properties of carbon nanotubes. Not only have his seminal works on opening and filling carbon nanotubes sparked global attention on nanomaterials, but he is also the first known scientist to modify carbon nanotubes with biological enzymes or related biomaterials. Recently focusing on green chemistry and catalysis, he is a co-founder of OXGRIN, a spin-out from Oxford University that is building a world-class One-Stop Catalyst Platform. Despite residing overseas, Prof. Tsang never ceases to forge links between his alma mater and industry. Apart from coaching staff and providing specialist advice to departments, he also actively collaborates with PolyU researchers on various projects in Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering and other contexts. Thanks to his liaison efforts, PolyU has established closer relationships with Oxford University, government bodies and foreign tech enterprises. Let’s congratulate Prof. Tsang on winning the award!

14 Dec, 2022



PolyU ABCT Prof Li and Dr Tenny Lam has won the 1st runner-up prize in ATEC2022 Startup Competition

PolyU-supported start-up Grand Rise Technology has won 1st runner-up prize in the ATEC2022 Startup Competition. Established by PolyU Prof. Li Pei and alumnus Dr. Tenny Lam, Grand Rise Technology commercialized a novel technology developed by PolyU. The technology is based on a patented core-shell particle technology platform, enabling a new class of amphiphilic core-shell nanoparticles. Their research team has developed a non-toxic and eco-friendly antimicrobial coating that kills 99% of common bacteria and viruses, with a long-lasting action of up to six months. This makes it ideal for applications such as disinfection, contamination control and epidemic prevention. The Asia Technology Entrepreneurship Conference (ATEC) is the largest university alumni club-led technology conference and startup competition in Asia. It encourages participating alumni clubs to nominate high-quality startup teams to compete and represent their alumni association in the annual startup competition. Grand Rise Technology was nominated by POLYU DBA.

14 Dec, 2022



The Best Early Career Researcher Poster Award in the International Congress on Obesity 2022

The International Congress on Obesity (ICO) is the pre-eminent global gathering for obesity experts and was held on 18-22 October 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. The congress opened to approximately 1,000 delegates from a range of disciplines; including clinicians, policy makers, scientists and UN representatives that bring together experts on a wide range of topics including obesity research and practice, pandemic preparedness, basic molecular and cellular science, clinical management and treatment, systems biology, public health and policy. Miss LIU Qing (Ph.D. student of Dr Zhu Yuyan) won the Best Early Career Researcher Poster Award titled “Role of SOAT1 in regulating intracellular cholesterol redistribution during adipogenesis” at the International Congress on Obesity 2022. Our warmest congratulations to Miss LIU Qing for her achievement!

9 Dec, 2022


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ABCT Dr Amber Chiou and Dr Cesar Wong received The President Awards for Outstanding Achievement 2022

Congratulations to Dr Chiou Jiachi, Amber and Dr Wong Sze-chuen, Cesar on receiving the President’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement 2022 in Service: Establishment of COVID-19 diagnostic laboratory to safeguard the PolyU community and beyond. Under the endeavor of the project team, PolyU Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory (PU-MDL) was set up via the cornerstone of a research project of Dr Amber Chiou. The PU-MDL received the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS) accreditation in May 2021 and became one of the Hong Kong government recognized COVID-19 testing centers in July 2021, which is the first University-based COVID-19 testing center in Hong Kong. Dr Chiou serves the role as the internal coordinator and is responsible for supervision of laboratory setup, logistics of testing, liaison of various tasks with different parties within and outside PolyU. Dr Cesar Wong serves the role as the Lab Director of PU-MDL and is responsible for supervising the application of HOKLAS accreditation via Hong Kong Accreditation Service and enrolling in the list of Hong Kong government recognized COVID-19 testing centers via Department of Health. Our warmest congratulations again to Dr Chiou and Dr Wong for their contribution!

5 Dec, 2022



Optimizing Bone Health through Proper Nutrition and Traditional Wisdom

Prof. Man-sau Wong of the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology is interested in using Traditional Chinese Medicine to improve bone health. She has demonstrated osteoprotective effects in Chinese medicinal herbs, such as Herba Epimedii, Drynariae fortunei, Erythrina variegata, Sambucus williamsii HANCE and Fructus Ligustri Lucidi, for the development of new anti-osteoporosis drugs. Prof. Wong’s work attracted companies’ attention, received award recognition from the Ministry of Education of the PRC and funding support from the Innovation Technology Commission.   Learn more:

2 Dec, 2022


Highly Cited Researchers 2022 by Clarivate

ABCT Dr Huang Bolong recognized among Highly Cited Researchers 2022

Congratulations to Dr Huang Bolong, Assistant Professor from the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, Prof. Loh Kian-ping, Chair Professor of Materials Physics and Chemistry, Department of Applied Physics, and Prof. Yan Feng, Professor of the Department of Applied Physics for being named in the list of Highly Cited Researchers 2022 by Clarivate! The list identifies the world’s most influential researchers, determined by the production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science citation index over the last decade. Among the world’s population of scientists and social scientists, Highly Cited Researchers are 1 in 1,000.

24 Nov, 2022


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FruitsCoatex won the Special Prize Winner of Techstyle for Social Good 2022

The Mills Fabrica hosts the 'Techstyle For Social Good' International Student Competition annually since 2019 to drive social impact and sustainable development through awarding techstyle and agrifood prizes to game changing technology ideas from young innovators. Grand Rise Technology Limited is a Bio-Tech start-up company founded by PolyU ABCT Prof. Pei Li and Dr. Tenny Lam. FruitsCoatex is the innovation which is a biobased coating that could extend the shelf life of fruits, reducing food loss and infection risk in delivery. Through recycling naturally bio-safe materials, the biopolymers are transformed into functional nanomaterials, creating a protective layer that prevents germ growth on fruits. The technology based on patented core-shell technology platform InnoCoatex, enables a new class of amphiphilic core-shell nanoparticles for a wide range of applications such as bio-based antimicrobial coating, masks and textiles, bio-based food touching protective coating, fruits shelf-life extension edible coating and drugs nanocarrier. InnoCoatex is harmless to the human body and environmentally friendly, and it can be used for disinfection, pollution control and epidemic prevention. “InnoCoatex” won awards in the many competitions include “Environmental Impact Award” in the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund/HSBC JUMPSTARTER 2022 and focuses on recycling bio-based materials and applications to provide greener and safer materials for a sustainable environment.  For more details, please visit

22 Nov, 2022


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