PolyU has once again demonstrated its research excellence with an unprecedented number of accolades from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) for the year 2023. Three research projects have been awarded under the NSFC’s Key Programme with a total funding support of RMB 6.18 million. Eight research projects have been awarded under the General Programme, while two projects led by young scholars have been bestowed the Excellent Young Scientists Fund (Hong Kong and Macau) with a funding of RMB 2 million. Additionally, 50 researchers have been honoured with the Young Scientists Fund.


NFSC’s Key Programme Awardees

Project coordinator


Professor Wang Zuankai

  • Associate Vice President (Research and Innovation)

  • Chair Professor of Nature-Inspired Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • RGC Senoir Research Fellow

Flow boiling technology under extremely hightemperature environment: from fundamental mechanisms to vital materials

Professor Ding Xiaoli

  • Chair Professor of Geomatics, Department of Land Surveying and Geo-informatics

  • Director, Research Institute for Land and Space

Detection of underground water pipe leakage based on multi-temporal PollnSAR technology

Professor Xu Zhao

  • Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Low-carbon smart operation of integrated energy system considering multi-energy flow trading mechanism, interaction model and decision-making algorithm under complex time-space coupling environment


Excellent Young Scientists Fund (Hong Kong and Macau) Awardees

Project coordinator


Dr Huang Xinyan

  • Associate Professor, Department of Building Environment and Energy Engineering

Smouldering wildfire

Dr Kathy Leng Kai

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Physics.

Molecularly thin 2D hybrid perovskite and innovative devices


PolyU young scientists have not only received individual awards but have also excelled as a collective. A total of 50 young researchers from various faculties and schools have been recognised with the Young Scientists Fund. Among these, 13 of the awarded projects were initiated by the Shenzhen Research Institute of PolyU. This recognition from the NSFC underscores PolyU’s world-class research capabilities.