Structural Health Monitoring System for buildings

Structural Health Monitoring System for buildings


Installed in the headquarters of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Sutong Bridge and Canton Tower in the Chinese mainland, the PolyU-developed Structural Health Monitoring System performs health checks throughout buildings’ lifespans.

Aviation Services Research Centre

Aviation Services Research Centre


PolyU and the Boeing Company jointly established Hong Kong’s first Aviation Services Research Centre, which develops technologies to enhance the efficiency and operation of the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul industry, improving performance for the global aviation industry.

Fibre optic sensing system for railway monitoring

Fibre optic sensing system for railway monitoring


Optical fibre sensing technology has been developed at PolyU to monitor railway operation, allowing continuous surveillance and rapid maintenance. The system is currently installed in Hong Kong’s MTR and Singapore’s MRT, and will be deployed in the railway network of other places.

Surgical Robotic System

Surgical Robotic System


Developed by PolyU engineers and the University of Hong Kong surgeons, the internally motorised Novel Surgical Robotic System features a 3D camera and robotic arms that can be reassembled inside the human body for different surgical procedures.

Tandem Solar Cell

Tandem solar cells with high power conversion efficiency


PolyU researchers have developed perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells with power conversion efficiency of 25.5%. The perovskite solar cells in the top layer can harvest short wavelength photons while the bottom layer coated with silicon can absorb long wavelength photons.

Seminconductor nanofibre

Semiconductor nanofiber provides superb charge conductivity


The novel nano-composite produced provides a dedicated super-highway for electron transport, greatly enhancing the current and eliminating the problem of electron-hole recombination. This breakthrough will facilitate the research on improving solar cell efficiency and photocatalyst performance in air cleaning.

Novel nanobiosensor for rapid detection of influenza viruses

Novel nanobiosensor for rapid detection of influenza viruses


PolyU researchers have developed a breakthrough nanobiosensor that uses upconversion luminescence resonance energy transfer to reduce the time needed to detect influenza from 1-3 days to 2-3 hours. With this simple procedure, viruses can be detected by the naked eye while no expensive machinery or sophisticated operating skills are required.

Fluorescent probes

Fluorescent probes for rapid detection of formaldehyde in food


To enhance food safety, researchers have developed fluorescent probes that rapidly detect food-borne formaldehyde. Using the chemical coupling of amine-functionalised resins, formaldehyde and fluorescent dyes, the probes can test 10 samples per hour.

Nu-Torque single ring yarn

Nu-Torque single ring yarn


Nu-Torque single ring yarn improves textile quality, strength and softness while solving the problem of residual torque making seams curl – with no use of chemicals, this is a truly green technology

Hierarchical Positioning System enhances logistics terminal management

Hierarchical Positioning System enhances logistics terminal management


The Hierarchical Positioning System uses wireless Zigbee-based sensor network technology and differential global positioning to determine the locations of containers and monitor truck queues, truck locations and load statuses in real-time at low cost for shipping terminal operators.