PolyU innovations clinched “Global Innovation Awards” at the TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo 2019 (TechConnect). As the world’s largest multi-sector event to promote development and commercialisation of inventions, TechConnect presents awards to the top 15% of technology submissions each year and only 30 awards were presented this year. The two award-winning PolyU projects are:




New antibiotic drug candidates

The novel antimicrobial agents demonstrated great effect in inhibiting bacterial growth and had no toxicity to human cells. They are expected to complement the current antibiotic drugs for bacteria caused infectious diseases. 


Dr Ma Cong

Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, PolyU

Dr Yang Xiao

Department of Microbiology, 
Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Novel seeded sonochemical coatings 

Utilising small seeding layers, the seeded sonochemical coating added to inorganic metal oxide layers in functional clothing is more durable without degrading the intended functionalities such as UV protection.


Dr Nuruzzaman Noor

Institute of Textiles and Clothing, PolyU