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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 of 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 the future generations opening their minds to discover new knowledge that benefits the 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.


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 GP ZHENG Computational materials science; Atomistic modeling and simulation; Amorphous alloys; Nanostructured materials; Two-dimensional materials
Dr X ZHANG Structural engineering of novel 2D nanomaterials; Earth-abundant catalysts

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 Structural health diagnosis by non-contact method; Turbine blade-tip clearance assessment; Engine noise and vibration measurement; Airport noise assessment; Engine noise control
Dr XJ JING Vibration based fault detection; Structure health monitoring; Micro-vibration/vibration 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 HM YAO Mechanical behaviors of energy-storage materials
Dr XL YU Lithium ion batteries; Lithium sulfur battery; Lithium metal battery
Dr GP ZHENG Nanoporous electrode materials; Solid-state refrigeration; Piezoelectric energy conversion
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

Supervisor Specialization
Dr Henry KH CHU Contact and Non-contact Manipulation; Vision-based Control and Automation; Microsystem Design and Fabrication; Robotic Microassembly; Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
Dr XJ JING Navigation and motion planning; Control & structural design of robots; Mobile robot systems; Construction robots; Exoskeleton; Intelligent systems; Robust control; Nonlinear signal processing; Nonlinear system identification; Nonlinear analysis and design; Nonlinear frequency domain methods
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 Autonomous Driving, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Robotic Perception, Autonomous Navigation, Localization and Mapping, Mobile Robots, Unmanned Systems

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 XJ JING Nonlinear vibration control / isolation / suppression; Nonlinear vibration energy harvesting; Anti-vibration structures; Sensor design; Quasi-zero or zero stiffness; Nonlinear damping; Nonlinear dynamics
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
Dr Tuo LIU Physical acoustics, acoustic metamaterials, non-Hermitian acoustics
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
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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