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Introduction

As one of the founding departments of the University in 1937, the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been at the forefront of the vast evolvement of its field.

The Department takes pride in its focus on grand challenges in the international arena and is actively collaborating with various overseas institutions addressing these challenges. Our global connections broaden the perspectives of future generations opening their minds to discover new knowledge that benefits society. The Department’s world-class faculty and internationally renowned programmes draw students across the globe. The Department has also published numerous important research findings in world-leading journals.

The Department has made significant achievements in International University Rankings by discipline in recent years, based on its academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

Year-round Admission

Applicants can submit applications directly to the eAdmission system in the following periods.

For 2022/23 Admission

Semester 1

Semester 2

Summer Term

Application period

1 Sep 2021 to

31 May 2022

1 Feb 2022 to

30 Sep 2022

1 May 2022 to

31 Jan 2023



Research Areas


Supervisor  Specialization
Prof. GH CHEN Electrode materials R&D; Materials green production; Chemical vapor deposition
Prof. MW FU Advanced materials processing; Computational materials science; Damage and fracture of materials; Finite element modelling and simulation; Micro-mechanics of materials
Dr ZB JIAO Advanced structural materials; High-temperature and high-strength alloys; Nanostructured and nanocrystalline alloys; Material processing and mechanical behavior; 3D Atom probe tomography characterization
Prof. Wallace WF LEUNG Novel nanofiber technology for filtering and disinfecting COVID-19 virus; Nanofibers for tissue engineering; Semiconductor nanofibers with superb charge conductivity for solar cells, harmful gas breakdown and disinfection
Dr Q LIU Green Chemical Vapor Deposition, Conformal polymer coating for lithium-ion battery materials, Conductive polymers, LIBs material interfacial engineering
Dr Y MA Haptics metamaterials, micro/nano fabrication of textured surfaces for human-machine interactions, multi-physics modeling of material interfaces, biomechanics
Dr HH RUAN Non-equilibrium materials engineering; Amorphous materials and nanomaterials; Dynamic behavior of materials; Theory of non-equilibrium phase transformation; Constitutive modeling of advanced materials
Dr HM YAO Bio-inspired Mechanics & Structures; Soft Robotics; Multiscale Computational Mechanics; Adhesion Mechanics; Fracture Mechanics
Dr XL YU Advanced electrode materials development; Nanostructured materials; Carbon based materials; Interface design of composite materials
Dr X ZHANG Structural engineering of novel 2D nanomaterials; Earth-abundant catalysts
Dr GP ZHENG Computational materials science; Atomistic modeling and simulation; Amorphous alloys; Nanostructured materials; Two-dimensional materials


Supervisor Specialization
Prof. L CHENG Acoustics: sound propagation, noise control, passive and active control; Vibration: modelling, control and vibration reduction of structures. Structural wave manipulations; Structural health monitoring: vibration and wave-based damage detection methods; Smart structures with embedding sensor technology; Fluid-structure-sound interaction
Dr S CHENG Gas Phase Chemical Kinetics; Engine & Fuel Interaction; Uncertainty Quantification and Minimization; Optimal Decision Making; Machine Learning
Dr YS CHOY Structural health diagnosis by non-contact method; Turbine blade-tip clearance assessment; Engine noise and vibration measurement; Airport noise assessment; Engine noise control
Prof. Wallace WF LEUNG Novel nanofiber technology for filtering and disinfecting COVID-19 virus; Nanofibers for tissue engineering; Semiconductor nanofibers with superb charge conductivity for solar cells, harmful gas breakdown and disinfection
Dr Randolph CK LEUNG Aeroacoustics and aircraft noise; Aeronautical flow-induced noise and vibration; Computational aeroacoustics and CFD; Active flow noise control; Aeroacoustics source identification
Dr Y LIU Turbulence modeling; Fluid-structure interaction; Dissipative particle dynamics; CFD
Prof. ZQ SU Structural health monitoring (SHM); Non-destructive evaluation (NDE); Smart materials and structures; Advanced composite materials; Sensor and sensor network
Dr H TANG Aerodynamics; Active flow control
Dr P ZHANG Theoretical and numerical combustion; Chemical kinetics; Droplet and spray dynamics; Rarefied gas dynamics

Supervisor Specialization 
Dr L AN Fuel cells; Batteries; Advanced energy materials
Prof. GH CHEN Lithium ion batteries; Lithium sulfur battery; Electrochemical energy conversion
Prof. Wallace WF LEUNG Novel nanofiber technology for filtering and disinfecting COVID-19 virus; Nanofibers for tissue engineering; Semiconductor nanofibers with superb charge conductivity for solar cells, harmful gas breakdown and disinfection 
Dr MY LI Energy Meteorology, Solar energy resourcing and forecasting, Remote sensing, Radiative heat transfer, Mass transfer, Renewable power systems, Large scale energy storage, Passive cooling, Desalination 
Dr Q LIU  Lithium-ion batteries, Electrochemical energy storage materials
Dr H TANG Wind / marine energy extraction 
Dr MC WU Electrochemical energy storage and conversion; Advanced battery materials; Heat and mass transfer 
Dr HM YAO Mechanical behaviors of energy-storage materials 
Dr XL YU Lithium ion batteries; Lithium sulfur battery; Lithium metal battery 
Dr X ZHANG Electrochemical reactor design; CO2 capture and conversion; Electrochemical conversion of small molecules (e.g., H2O, O2, CO2, and N2, etc.) to high-value chemical/fuel feedstocks; Membrane electrode assembly technology 
Dr GP ZHENG Nanoporous electrode materials; Solid-state refrigeration; Piezoelectric energy conversion 


Supervisor  Specialization 
Dr Henry KH CHU Soft Continuum Robots; Vision-based Control and Automation; Artificial Intelligence (AI); Collaborative Robots and Mechatronic Systems 
Dr Y MA Haptics, wearable electronics, sensing and actuation for human-machine interactions, application of artificial intelligence to human-machine interface 
Dr David NAVARRO-ALARCON Adaptive robot behaviour; Sensor-based control; Multimodal perception 
Dr YX SUN Robotics, Autonomous Driving, Mobile Robots, Deep Learning, AI, Unmanned Autonomous Systems, SLAM, Robotic Perception, Robotic Control, Autonomous Navigation


Supervisor  Specialization 
Prof. L CHENG Acoustics: sound propagation, noise control, passive and active control; Vibration: modelling, control and vibration reduction of structures. Structural wave manipulations; Structural health monitoring: vibration and wave-based damage detection methods; Smart structures with embedding sensor technology; Fluid-structure-sound interaction
Dr YS CHOY Vibroacoustics ; Environmental noise control; Fan and duct noise control; Sound source identification; Soundscape and sound quality of product 
Dr Randolph CK LEUNG  Low noise design for fans and turbomachinery; Metamaterial duct flow silencer; Urban and environmental noise simulation and control; CPX technology for tyre/road noise control; Product sound quality and design 
Prof. ZQ SU Structural health monitoring (SHM); Wave propagation; Non-destructive evaluation (NDE); Sensor and sensor network; Smart materials and structures 
Dr WO WONG Structural analysis; Vibration diagnostics; Vibration absorber design and optimization; Laser diagnostics; Laser interferometry 
Dr HM YAO Bio-inspired Mechanics & Structures; Soft Robotics; Multiscale Computational Mechanics; Adhesion Mechanics; Fracture Mechanics


Supervisor  Specialization 
Prof. TL CHAN Multiphase and multi-component complex systems with micro- and nanoscale; Aerosol science & technology; Transport and formation of nano / microparticles and gaseous pollutants; Combustion & emissions formation; Thermal-fluids science & engineering 
Dr S CHENG Gas Phase Chemical Kinetics; Engine & Fuel Interaction; Uncertainty Quantification and Minimization; Optimal Decision Making; Machine Learning 
Prof. Wallace WF LEUNG Novel nanofiber technology for filtering and disinfecting COVID-19 virus; Nanofibers for tissue engineering; Semiconductor nanofibers with superb charge conductivity for solar cells, harmful gas breakdown and disinfection 
Dr Y LIU Cell adhesion; Microflow; Molecular signaling; Lung and airway; Molecular dynamics; 
Dr H TANG Fluid-structure interaction; Multiphase flow 
Dr CL WANG Fluid-structure interaction; Flow control; Computational fluid dynamics; Lattice Boltzmann method 
Dr P ZHANG Theoretical and numerical combustion; Chemical kinetics; Droplet and spray dynamics; Rarefied gas dynamics 


Admission Information

A student shall hold a Bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University or a recognized university; or other academic qualifications which are deemed to be equivalent.
A student shall normally hold a postgraduate degree containing a significant research component, such as a dissertation, conferred by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University or a recognized university.

  MPhil  PhD  Remarks 
Full-time  24 months  36 months*  * 48 months for students admitted on the basis of a Bachelor’s degree 
Part-time  48 months  72 months**  ** 96 months for students admitted on the basis of a Bachelor’s degree 

 

For full-time UGC quota PhD admission, preference will be given to applicants who apply for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, for which the application period starts in early September each year. All research postgraduate applicants are recommended to approach potential supervisors and preferably, put their names on the applications.
Ms Lily Tam

Email: lily.tam@polyu.edu.hk

Tel: (852) 2766 6643


Distinguished Scholars

The Department’s reputation for all-round excellence is fortified by the remarkable achievements of its internationally reputed faculty members.

The Department has organised/co-organised a series of symposiums and international conferences to pursue knowledge through interactions among the world’s foremost scientists and scholars.  To further elevate its research quality and academic standing, the Department has also invited top-notch scholars to serve as visiting chair professors under the Distinguished Chair Professor Scheme.


Research Facilities

The Department aims to provide advanced teaching and research accommodation for both undergraduates and postgraduates in state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities.

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 Centre & Consortiums  Laboratories


Exchange Opportunities

The Department offers student exchange opportunities to enhance students’ global outlook, languages skills and personal development.  Every year, the Department arranges research attachments (from three to six months) for students to visit overseas universities with financial support.

With the aim of advancing research by exchanging knowledge and ideas within the field of Mechanical Engineering, the Department also provides additional financial support to research students to attend international conferences.

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