PolyU Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Physics, Dr Kathy K. Leng, has been recognised as one of the “Innovators Under 35” (TR35) in the Asia Pacific region for 2023 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Review. The Award acknowledges Dr Leng’s exceptional contributions and advances in science and technology innovation.


Dr Leng’s research focuses on discovering new physics in the emerging field of molecularly thin 2D hybrid perovskites. She has developed a set of nanotechnology tools and methods for investigating these materials at the molecular level and for harnessing their potential for multifunctional smart device applications.


Dr Leng expressed gratitude for the support and inspiration she has received from her peers and senior colleagues throughout her research journey. “Being part of this supportive and collaborative research network gives me much inspiration and encouragement. Recognition through impactful publications, grants and conference presentations also spurs me on to work harder.”


Prof. Christopher Chao, Vice President (Research and Innovation) of PolyU, commended Dr Leng on her accomplishments and emphasised PolyU’s commitment to nurturing exceptional young scientists. He said “We take great pride in honouring PolyU’s talented scholars as they shine globally through their remarkable scientific research capabilities and impactful contributions.”


MIT Technology Review selects the TR35 annually from various technical fields, including biotechnology, energy, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, telecommunications and intelligent manufacturing. This recognition is given to 35 top-notch young innovators who have demonstrated significant impact, leading capabilities and ground-breaking achievements in their respective research areas.


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