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Professor Yang CHAI
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Professor Yang CHAI

Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Science
Professor, Department of Applied Physics

  • Member of the Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences
  • Fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials


Professor Yang CHAI is a distinguished academic in the field of nanoelectronics devices and emerging computation paradigms, currently serving as Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Science at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Professor Chai's work has been published in prestigious journals such as Nature, Nature Electronics, and Nature Nanotechnology. His research works were highlighted in Nature, IEEE Spectrum, etc. Prof. Chai's contributions to his field have earned him a spot among the World's Top 2% most-cited scientists in an index compiled by Stanford University.

My long-term goal is to understand and engineer microelectronic and nanoelectronic devices with new functionalities and unprecedented performance. More specifically, we intend to develop an imaging technology that can perceive 3D depth information, 4D spatial-temporal information, and 5D multiple spectral information beyond the visible light region.

Professor Yang CHAI 

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In recognition of his expertise, Professor Chai has been an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Distinguished Lecturer since 2016 and has held leadership roles within the organisation, including Vice Chair of IEEE EDS Region 10 and Chair of the IEEE ED/SSC Hong Kong Chapter. He has earned numerous prestigious accolades in acknowledgement of his exceptional research, including: Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) Early Career Award (2014); Semiconductor Science and Technology Early Career Research Award (2017); PolyU FAST Faculty Award in Research and Scholar Activities (2018/2019); Young Scientist Award of ICON-2DMAT (2019); PolyU President's Award in Research and Scholar Activities (2019/2020); NR45 Young Innovators Award (2021); Young Scientist of World Laureate Forum (2021); Finalist for the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2022 in Engineering and Technology.

CHAI Yang_text_picProfessor Chai’s pioneering research was also recognised as one of the Top Ten Hong Kong Innovative Technology News in 2022, showcasing his strong commitment to advancing scientific knowledge and innovation. Last but not least, Professor Chai is a member of The Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences and is Vice President of the Physical Society of Hong Kong in acknowledgement of his outstanding knowledge and contributions.

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