PolyU’s Endowed Professorship Scheme was introduced to recognise distinguished academics and their remarkable achievements. The Scheme provides funding and support to help the appointed professors strive for excellence in their respective disciplines.


In this issue of Pulse@PolyU, we will introduce you to the University’s final three Endowed Professors of this video series, who have made significant contributions to society. They are Professor Raymond Wong, Ir Professor Wang Shengwei and Professor Li Xiangdong.


Professor Raymond Wong - Clarea Au Professor in Energy


“The Endowed Professorship will further strengthen my research in developing new molecular and nano materials for energy conversion (light/electrical and thermal/electrical).”



Professor Raymond Wong is Chair Professor of Chemical Technology at the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology as well as Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles. He is also Chairman of the Hong Kong Chemical Society. Currently, his team aims at developing sustainable energy sources and improving the technologies for energy conversion in order to meet the world’s future energy demands while working towards a cleaner environment.


Watch the video to hear his views on how to tackle the global energy crisis problem and to learn about the research he is working on.


Ir Professor Wang Shengwei - Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Professor in Smart Building


“Apart from being a continuous source of funding for research, the Endowed Professorship also presents opportunities for collaboration with the industry, making our buildings and our city smarter.”




Ir Professor Wang Shengwei is Chair Professor of Building Service Engineering. He is a fellow of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. He is one of the world’s renowned scholars specialising in smart building energy technology research. He has led many energy optimisation projects for new buildings and existing buildings.


Check out the video to hear Prof Wang’s innovative ideas about tackling the challenges of global climate change.


Professor Li Xiangdong - Ko Jan Ming Professor in Sustainable Urban Development


“The Endowed Professorship is an indispensable source of funding for truly pioneering areas of research where no one has trodden upon. While there is risk in groundbreaking projects, profound opportunity also lies within.”




Professor Li Xiangdong is the Director of the University’s Research Institute of Sustainable Urban Development, Chair Professor of Environmental Science and Technology at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Construction and Environment. His major research interests include regional pollution, urban environmental studies, and remediation of contaminated sites. He has published more than 200 papers in leading international journals, and is one of the highly cited researchers in Environment/Ecology in the Web of Science database.


To understand Prof Li’s views on the trend of sustainable urban development, please view this video