Research Projects

On-going and New Research Projects with Sustainability Focus

As of 30 June 2020

 

 

Energy

Hosting Department Research Title
Department of Electronic and Information Engineering Low Energy High Performance Coherent Photonic Systems
Department of Building Services Engineering Development of Smart and Energy Efficiency Technology for Buildings
Department of Building and Real Estate Seismic Performance of Hybrid Energy Dissipation Bays (EDBs) Equipped with Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) Connections and Steel Slit Walls (SSWs)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering New Paradigm of Integrated Urbanwater Management
Department of Building Services Engineering Optimized Design and Optimal Control of Smart Buildings of Enhanced Grid Friendliness and Responsiveness
Department of Building Services Engineering Development of 3D Wind Turbine Wake Models for Energy Efficiency Improvement of Offshore Wind Power Generation Systems
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology Molecular Design of Functional Materials for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology Probing the Ion Conduction Lanthanide Based Oxide Complexes for Novel Applications in Low-temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Department of Applied Physics Controllable Engineering of Layered/Spinel Heterostructure in 3D High-capacity/voltage Cathode Towards Ultrahigh Areal Energy Density Solid-state Thin Film Li-ion Battery
Department of Building Services Engineering A Novel Solar Energy Driven and Membrane-based Air Humidification-dehumidification Desalination (MHDD) System
Department of Mechanical Engineering The Pyroelectric Properties and Electro-caloric Effect of Graphene Oxide-copolymer Multi-layer Structures
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology Metal-Based Molecular Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage
Department of Electrical Engineering Investigation on Damping Mechanism of Hybrid AC/DC Power Systems Integrated with Renewable Energy
School of Accounting and Finance Empirical Applications of Models for Heterogeneity Relevant to Energy and Environmental Economics
Department of Building Services Engineering The Investigation of the Multi-objective Optimal Zero-energy Buildings with High Energy Flexibilities in Hong Kong
Department of Building Services Engineering Energy Performance Assessment and Optimization on Buildings in PolyU Campus - Stage 1 and Whole Campus
Department of Applied Physics Novel Materials for Emerging Energy, Electronic and Photonic Devices
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Study on the Mechanism and Application of Energy Transfer in the Nonlinear Self-excited System for 10 MW Level Wind Turbine System
Department of Building and Real Estate Supply Chain Management and Life-cycle Energy Performance of Industrialized Building Systems
Department of Applied Physics Sustainable Power Source for Wireless Sensor
Department of Mechanical Engineering Probabilistic Evaluation of Hypervelocity Impact-Induced Damage Based on Cumulative Energy Transfer in Nonlinear Acousto-Ultrasonic Waves: a Framework for Space Application-Oriented Structural Health Monitoring
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Understanding the Water-Energy-Climate Nexus of Smart Wastewater Treatment Systems: A Hybrid Agent Based-System Dynamics Approach
Department of Building Services Engineering Robust Optimal Design of Energy Systems for Grid-Connected and Stand-Alone Zero Energy Buildings
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology PCM in Water Nano-Emulsion Functional Thermal Fluid for Thermal Energy Storage
Department of Building and Real Estate A Multi-Scale Multi-Regional Assessment of Embodied Energy Use in China's Construction Sector
Institute of Textiles and Clothing Hybridization of Textile-Based Piezoelectric and Triboelectric Nanogenerators
Department of Building Services Engineering Using Reversible Room Air-Conditioner for Combined Space and Water Heating in Residential Buildings in Hong Kong
Department of Electrical Engineering Novel Triply-Fed Brushless PM Generator-Based Stand-Alone Wind Energy AC/DC Supply System
Department of Building Services Engineering Improved Simulation Modelling of Cooling Energy Demand in Public Housing
Department of Electronic and Information Engineering Low Energy Loss Organic Photovoltaic Devices via Materials Design and Nanostructures
Department of Applied Mathematics Stability Analysis and Error Estimates of Exponential Time Differencing Schemes for Nonlocal Phase Field Equations
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology Rational Design and Synthesis of Robust Metal-Free Organic Photosensitizers for Light-Driven Hydrogen Generation
Department of Building Services Engineering Investigation of Perception under Off-Planckian Light Sources Used for General Illumination
Department of Building Services Engineering Towards even frosting of the outdoor coil along the airflow direction in a space heating air source heat pump for improved energy efficiency and occupant thermal comfort
Department of Electrical Engineering Development of a Novel Model-independent Monitoring and Analyzing System to Tackle Various Oscillations in High Power Electronic Converter-penetrated Power Systems
Department of Electrical Engineering Development of a Novel Parallel-Hybrid-Excitation Winding-Switching DC Generator for Extra-Wide-Speed-Range Wind Energy Conversion System
Department of Mechanical Engineering Size- and temperature-dependent phase transition in NASICON-type material on Li+- and Na+‐(de)intercalation
Department of Mechanical Engineering Understanding charge transport phenomena in photoelectrochemical storage cells for solar energy storage
Department of Electrical Engineering Smart Integration of Renewable Energy to Improve Power Quality and Energy Efficiency of the Electrical Distribution Network
Department of Electrical Engineering Synthesis, Mechanical, and Structural Investigations of High Capacity Alloy Anode Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries
Department of Applied Physics Carbon materials for advanced potassium based batteries: Mechanism Exploration and Performance Optimization
Department of Building Services Engineering The optimal transitions from interactively-isolated systems to the mutually-integrated unity between zero-energy building(s) and zero-energy vehicle(s)
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Towards sustainable sewage-to-energy: a multilayer life cycle decision support framework
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology Ambipolar Polymer Backbones with High Triplet-State Level for Furnishing Blue and White Phosphorescent Organic Light-Emitting Devices
Department of Building Services Engineering Coupled Numerical Simulation of Heat Transfer between Solar Collector and PCM Heat Storage Tank in a Solar Energy Utilization System
Department of Building and Real Estate Preparation and Characterization of Porous Metal Supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Department of Mechanical Engineering Flow and Transport Phenomena through Hierarchical Porous Electrodes in Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries for Large-scale Energy Storage
Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies Co-optimizing Energy and Ancillary Services: Valuation Analyses and Computational Studies
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology Mechanistic Study of Esterification and Transesterification for Biomolecules Using Transition Metal- Salen Complexes as Catalyst
Department of Building Services Engineering Design Optimization of Distributed Energy Systems Integrated with District Cooling Systems by Enhancing the Robustness, Reliability and Resilience
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology Development of Robust Quantum Dots-Sensitized Photocatalytic Systems for Solar Driven Hydrogen Production from Water
Department of Electrical Engineering Battery Energy Storage for Enabling Integration of Renewable Power Generation
Department of Applied Physics Novel Optoelectronic and Energy Materials for Device Applications
Department of Applied Physics Two-dimensional Materials for Energy Storage Devices
Institute of Textiles and Clothing High-performance Wearable Energy Storage Devices
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Development of an energy-saving coating system for sustainable building envelope
Department of Building Services Engineering Life-Cycle Commissioning and Optimization of ECS System in TKW Station
Department of Building Services Engineering Renewable Energy Application and Energy Conservation in Public Rental Housing (PRH) Development
Department of Building and Real Estate Development of Layered Perovskite Materials for Protonic Ceramic Fuel Cell Cathode
Department of Building and Real Estate Novel Thermal-to-electricity Energy Conversion Device and Fuel Cell Coupling Systems
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology Demonstration of high performance thermal energy storage technology using novel phase change nano-emulsion for energy conservation
Department of Building and Real Estate Perovskite Materials for Fuel Cells and Batteries
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology Functional Metallopolymers for Energy Conversion and Storage
Department of Building Services Engineering Mining Massive Data Sets in Building Automation System for Improving Building Operational Performance
Department of Health Technology and Informatics Role of a novel protein CYSTM1 in the regulation of metabolism
Institute of Textiles and Clothing Structure, Properties and Modeling of Flexible Thermoelectric Composites for Fiber-based Wearable Thermoelectric Energy Conversion Systems
Department of Building Services Engineering Characterizing Light Source Colour Rendition and Object Colour Appearance Across a Wide Range of Light Levels
Department of Electrical Engineering Intelligent Control of Solar PVs and Energy Storage for Reliable Grid Integration and High Power Quality
Department of Building Services Engineering Adaptive Full-range Decoupled Ventilation Strategy for Cleanrooms/Spaces Requiring Strict Temperature and Humidity Controls in Subtropical Regions: System Robust Optimal Design and Control
Department of Building Services Engineering A Novel Indirect Evaporative Cooler for Enhanced Energy Recovery in Central Air-Conditioning Systems
Department of Building Services Engineering Development of a Big Data-Driven Methodology to Characterize and Model the Energy Dynamics of Large Buildings with Complex Energy Systems
Department of Applied Physics Robust electrode/electrolyte interface for stabilizing alloy anodes in potassium-ion batteries: mechanism probe and microstructure design
Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics Development of an integrated model for estimating 3D solar energy potential using GIS, Remote Sensing and Deep Learning techniques
Department of Building Services Engineering Self-heating ignition and fire hazards of high-energy lithium-ion batteries
Department of Mechanical Engineering Investigation and Preparation of Long Cycle Life and Intrinsic Safe Lithium-Sulfur Batteries
Department of Applied Mathematics Numerical Analysis for Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations in Geometry, Physics and Engineering
Department of Electronic and Information Engineering Research on Energy-Efficient and Robust Contactless Bidirectional Power Converter for Vehicle-To-Grid (V2G) And Grid-To-Vehicle (G2V) Applications Under Varying Coupling Conditions (Internal)
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology Piezotronics mechanism studies in low dimensional semiconductor

 

Air Quality

Hosting Department Research Title
Department of Building Services Engineering Investigation of Building Environment by Experimental Measurement and Numerical Simulation
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Clear up Toxic Smog and Improve Air Quality in Hong Kong (FCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Impact of Air-Sea Exchanges on Air Quality in Coastal Megacities
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Developing New Research Areas on Air Quality
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Exploring CNT-based thermo-acoustic agglomeration for better indoor air quality

 

Water

Hosting Department Research Title
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering FRP-reinforced Seawater Sea-sand Concrete Structures for Sustainable Marine Infrastructure
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering New Paradigm of Integrated Urbanwater Management
Department of Mechanical Engineering Robotic Technology for Underwater Infrastructure Inspection
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology Water-soluble Phosphorescent Organoiridium Bioprobes Bearing Bisisoindoles as Near-Infrared Fluorophores
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Enhancing Water Resilience with Blue-green Infrastructure: A Pilot-scale Study on Bioretention Systems for Stormwater Harvesting in New Development Areas (FCE Postdoctoral Fellowships Scheme)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Smart Urban Water Supply Systems (Smart UWSS)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Diagnosis and Prognosis of Intensifying Euthrophication, Hypoxia and the Ecosystem Consequences around Hong Kong Waters: Coupled Physical-biogeochemical-pollution Studies
Department of Applied Mathematics Optimal Control Problem of Fish-feeding in a Calm-water Fish Pond
Department of Applied Physics Development of New Technology for Better Life
Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics A Novel Approach for Calibrating Satellite Remote Sensing Water Vapor Observations by Using Ground-Based Multi-Station, Multi-Sensor PWV Data
Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics An Integrated Knowledge-Based Remote Sensing Technique for Coastal Water Quality Monitoring
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Understanding the Water-Energy-Climate Nexus of Smart Wastewater Treatment Systems: A Hybrid Agent Based-System Dynamics Approach
Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics A Study of Water Seepage in Construction Materials with Phase Velocity Dispersion of Wide-Band Ground Penetrating Radar Wave and Spectral Analysis of Surface Wave (SASW)
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology PCM in Water Nano-Emulsion Functional Thermal Fluid for Thermal Energy Storage
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering On the Transient Flow Behaviors in Viscoelastic Pipelines in Urban Water Supply Systems
Department of Building Services Engineering Using Reversible Room Air-Conditioner for Combined Space and Water Heating in Residential Buildings in Hong Kong
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Test Study of Sea-sand Seawater Concrete FRP Piles in Marine Soils under Cyclic and Static Loading
Department of Applied Mathematics Numerical study on asymptotic coupled model of groundwater flow in fractured aquifer system
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Investigation of Transient Water-Air Flows in Stormwater Drainage Pipelines
Department of Applied Physics Understanding Water-oxidation Catalysis at the Atomic Scale Using in Situ and Ex Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Development of Advanced Nano-enabled Ultrafiltration Membranes by Aerosol-assisted Approaches
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology Development of Robust Quantum Dots-Sensitized Photocatalytic Systems for Solar Driven Hydrogen Production from Water
Department of Building Services Engineering Investigation and Optimization of Flow Boiling Heat Transfer and Flow Characteristics of Water in Heat Exchanger with Super-hydrophilic to Super-hydrophobic Coating
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Catalytic Oxidation for the Removal of Toxic Pollutants in Water
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Development of an energy-saving coating system for sustainable building envelope
Department of Building Services Engineering Implementation of Food Waste Collection System for Catering Services
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Enhancing water resilience with blue-green infrastructure: A pilot-scale study on bioretention systems for stormwater harvesting in new development areas
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering New Paradigm of Water Separation Membranes
Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics Augmenting the Extreme Weather Forecasting Capability in the Greater Bay Area through Improving the Accuracy of Satellite-based Atmospheric Water Vapor Remote Sensing Observations using Continent-based and Ocean-based GNSS Calibration
School of Optometry Tear Profile Analysis in Response to Water Gradient Contact Lens Wear Using Novel Clinical and Next Generation Proteomics Technique
Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies Legal Barriers to the Use of Unmanned/Autonomous Merchant Ships in the Waters of Hong Kong and Mainland China
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Development of a holistic transient-based method for characterizing and diagnosing different pipe anomalies in urban water supply pipeline systems
Department of Mechanical Engineering Study of genetic algorithm-based inverse metamaterial design for acoustic wave manipulation in water
Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics An Investigation of Assimilating Densely Distributed, Multi-Sensor Water Vapor Data into a Localized NWP Model to Improve Weather Forecasting and GNSS Positioning Performances
Department of Applied Physics Surface Plasmon Enhanced Pyro-Catalytic Water Splitting by Ferroelectric Materials
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Advanced Nanocomposite Membranes Synthesized by An Aerosol-assisted Fabrication Approach for Water and Wastewater Treatment
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Ultrathin Reduced Holey Graphene Oxide (rHGO) Framework Membrane for Highly Selective and Ultrafast Water Nanofiltration
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology Microplastics in the Coastal Waters of Hong Kong
Institute of Textiles and Clothing Green Dyeing Process for Cotton-based Textiles
Department of Applied Physics Designing Next-generation Membranes for Water Sieving: High-throughput Computationally Guided Experiments
Department of Building Services Engineering Investigation on Water Quality in Typical Watersheds and Fresh Water Supply in Hong Kong under Climate Change

 

Noise

Hosting Department Research Title
Department of Mechanical Engineering Novel Wave Functional Materials for Manipulating Light and Sound (ME)
Department of Mechanical Engineering Experimental and Numerical Studies of Innovative Acoustical Material Technology for Industrial and Urban Low-Frequency Noise Mitigation
Department of Mechanical Engineering Thermo-Acoustic Oscillations: Mechanism Exploration and Control Based on Delay Differential Equation Theories Under a Fully-coupled Modelling Framework
Department of Applied Mathematics Optimization Algorithms for Problems with Simulated Function Values
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Smart noise barriers/enclosures for dual active and passive control of construction noise
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Smartphone as Next-generation Monitoring Devices for Construction-induced Vibrations and Noise
Department of Building Services Engineering Development of noise perceptions model for a compact city environment with considerations of spatial openness and greenery
Department of Electronic and Information Engineering Optical performance monitoring with low-bandwidth receiver based on delay tap sampling and neural networks

 

Waste

Hosting Department Research Title
Institute of Textiles and Clothing Institutionalization of Involvement in Environmental Protection
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering An Eco-friendly Approach to Recycle Waste Plastic and Waste Tyre Rubber Collectively into Sustainable Asphalt Pavements
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Holistic Investigation of Fate and Behaviour of Emerging Contaminants in Complex Environmental Matrices
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Effects of Degree of Accelerated Carbonation of Recycled Aggregates on the Macro- and Micro-Structural Properties of Recycled Aggregate Concrete
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Green Recycling of Dredged Contaminated Marine Sediment Into Eco-Friendly Paving Blocks
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology Development of Fungal-Based Biocomposite Microspheres for Enhanced Removal of Toxic Anionic Pollutants in an Aqueous Media
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Engineered Biochar as Catalyst for Synthesis of Value-Added Chemicals: Manoeuvring Surface Functionalities and Pore Structure
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Towards sustainable sewage-to-energy: a multilayer life cycle decision support framework
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Transferring Municipal Solid Waste Incineration (MSWI) bottom Ash into Various Useful Construction Products
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Value-added collective recycling of waste plastic and waste tyre rubber into durable asphalt pavements
Department of Building Services Engineering Implementation of Food Waste Collection System for Catering Services
Department of Building and Real Estate Construction waste sorting and recycling robot
Department of Management and Marketing Effects of Corporate Social Responsibility on Consumer Ugly Produce Purchase
Department of Building and Real Estate Automated airborne drone for beach wastes recycling
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Promoting the Use of Recycled Aggregates Derived from Demolition Waste in Concrete
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Development of Innovative Green and Smart Pavement Materials from Recycled Wastes
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology Microplastics in the Coastal Waters of Hong Kong
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering CAS GIG-PolyU Joint Laboratory of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao for the Environment
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Boosting Construction Waste Material Sharing in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Reuse of Municipal Solid Waste Incineration Bottom Ash as Aggregate in Concrete

 

Wastewater

Hosting Department Research Title
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Assessment of Antibiotic Resistance Pathogenic Bacteria and Virus in Wastewater Treatment Plant and Surrounding Airborne Fine Particulate Matters
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Understanding the Water-Energy-Climate Nexus of Smart Wastewater Treatment Systems: A Hybrid Agent Based-System Dynamics Approach
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology Development of Fungal-Based Biocomposite Microspheres for Enhanced Removal of Toxic Anionic Pollutants in an Aqueous Media
Department of Mechanical Engineering Mass and Charge Transport Through the Porous Photoanode in Photocatalytic Fuel Cells for Simultaneous Wastewater Treatment and Electricity Generation
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Development of Advanced Nano-enabled Ultrafiltration Membranes by Aerosol-assisted Approaches
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Nanomaterials-impregnated Biochar for Wastewater Treatment
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Advanced Nanocomposite Membranes Synthesized by An Aerosol-assisted Fabrication Approach for Water and Wastewater Treatment
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Research on Advanced Control Integration Framework for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction in Papermaking Wastewater Treatment Process

 

Transportation

Hosting Department Research Title
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Multi-criteria Decision Making for More Sustainable Transportation
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Advanced Technologies for Development of a Door-to-Door and Low-Carbon Multi-Modal Route Guidance System
Department of Computing Efficient Spatial Data Management for Crowdsourced Transportation
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering A Methodology for Measuring and Designing Redundant Transportation Networks for Enhancing Resiliency
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Advanced model for pedestrian safety analysis at signal intersection incorporating multimodal exposure
Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies Shore Power Deployment Plan: Making at-Berth Emission Reduction Effective
Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies The Emerging Legal Issues in Logistics and Maritime Transportation in the Greater Bay Area
Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies A Mixed Complementarity-based Equilibrium Model of International Iron Ore Markets
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 3D GIS, Land-Use Planning Scenarios, and Transport Models for Urban Simulation
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Enhancing safety, punctuality and ride comfort of railway transportation: From local metro system to global high-speed rail network
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Reliability-based Intelligent Transportation Systems in Urban Road Network with Uncertainty
Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies New Methodologies in Park-and-Ride Network Design and Management
Department of Electrical Engineering Advanced Control Strategy of Bidirectional Converters for Efficient and Low-harmonic Power Conversion in Railway Electrification
Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies Optimal Deployment of LNG Bunkering Infrastructure for Emission Reduction in Maritime Transportation
Department of Computing Data Analytics and Machine Learning Algorithms for Smart Transportation Systems