World Changing Discoveries

Camera Pointing System

Camera Pointing System


Deployed aboard the Chang’e-3 lunar lander in 2013, this compact, lightweight system developed by PolyU and the China Academy of Space Technology made possible clear images beamed back to Earth.

Cancer drug resistance inhibitor

Cancer drug resistance inhibitor


Apigenin Flavonoid Dimer, derived from a natural nutrient extractable from a wide range of fruit and vegetables, is 10 times better in preventing cancer cells from pumping drugs out. It is also three times safer than the best inhibitor in the market.

Novel anti-cancer biological drug

Novel anti-cancer biological drug


Researchers have found that arginase kills drug-resistant cancers, and have developed a new drug known as BCT-100 that could provide a cure for liver and other cancers, leading to the first ever Investigational New Drug status granted by the US Food and Drug Administration to Hong Kong.

Klebsiella pneumoniae

Discovery of newly emerged superbug, hyper-resistant and hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae


In collaboration with counterparts from the Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University, PolyU researchers discovered a new superbug – the hyper-resistant and hyper-virulent Klebsiella pneumoniae – which may cause untreatable and fatal infections in relatively healthy individuals with normal immunity.

Record-breaking optical communication

Record-breaking optical communication speed for data centres


To overcome fibre-optic limitations, researchers developed a software approach to undo signal distortions and achieve optical communications for data centres at 240 gigabytes per second over two kilometres, about 24 times the speed available on the market.

Collaborative Aviation Research Project - PolyU Advocates Innovative Technology Research in Asia

Contributing to Technology Research in Asia, PolyU Creates Ground-breaking and Innovative Research Projects in Response to the Needs of Society

In the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), we view the world as a whole and strive to bring people closer together through innovative aviation research solutions. Technology research in Asia has been thriving with fruitful results in various areas. PolyU derives meaningful outcomes through collaborative research with the world-renowned corporations and other top universities, hoping to expand possibilities in human life and to retain our mission of advancing knowledge and the frontiers of technology, thus meeting the changing needs of society.

ASRC - the First Collaborative Aviation Research Project in Hong Kong

With a sound and stable economic system, Hong Kong has been one of the world's fastest-growing cities and a sought-after hub for entrepreneurs. Endorsed by the Government and local industry, PolyU has established Hong Kong¡¯s first Aviation Services Research Centre (ASRC), a collaborative research project with the Boeing Company. Being the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems, the company supports airlines across 150 countries. The establishment of the ASRC largely contributes to the innovative research for the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of commercial aircrafts. The ASRC leverages industrial knowledge, academic research expertise and capabilities in the pursuit of maintaining sustainable growth of aviation industry across China and Southeast Asia. We conduct aviation research and development on three major topics: the generic research projects funded through members¡¯ fee, the projects funded by Innovation and Technology Commission or other government bodies; and the projects commissioned specifically by companies. Through such collaborative research partnership with the Boeing Company, PolyU anticipates to bring huge economic benefits to the local society and shape a new standard for technology research in Asia.

To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind - Applied Research Topics in PolyU

PolyU carries the vision of becoming a leading university that excels in professional education, applied research and partnership for the betterment of Hong Kong, the nation and the world. We achieve such goal by bringing numerous innovative research ideas into reality. With the support of HK$2,540 million, 3,600 projects have been undertaken in the 2015/16. On the other hand, we keep on seeking more funding for our upcoming research. Our research outcomes have been altering the world's imagination and pushing technological boundaries further and further. We place great concern in the local community, insisting on deriving practical solutions that can improve the quality of life. We have developed medical tools such as the Defocus Incorporated Soft (Contact) (DISC) Lens, multi-potent drug against cancer, smart pressure monitored suit that rebuilds body contour and the like. We are, at the same time, a leader in technology research in the nation and Asia. The Intelligent ship-bridge anti-collision surveillance system has improved the security of sea-crossing and river-crossing bridge structures, while the Camera Pointing System developed had been on mission with Chinese Chang¡¯e-3 lunar lander. These projects mark the huge success of PolyU research and motivate us to keep striving for excellence in the future.