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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has dynamic and friendly and cooperative faculty members active in all areas of chemical research, and whose research is internationally recognized. The Department has become truly "The center of  science" since its activities intimately involve areas such as: Molecular biology, Molecular physics, Material sciences, Nano-technology, Biotechnology, Environmental science, Drug design, Forensic science and others.


Chemistry Department is ranked No. 23 in World Universities according to QS World University Rankings 2018


MSc Program in Analytical Chemistry
(Fall 2018-19 Entry and Spring 2018-19 Entry)


Summer Camp and Summer Research

(For Prospective Research Postgraduate Students)
Application Deadlines:
Summer Camp: 13 May 2018
Summer Research Program: 18 Mar 2018


Prof. Simon Wan CHAN is selected to receive the 2018 Chemical Research in Toxicology (CRT) Young Investigator Award by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Chemical Toxicology (TOXI). The lectureship will be presented in August 2018 at the Fall ACS National meeting in Boston, USA.

Prof. Jianwei SUN's research team has discovered a new synthetic route to produce chiral molecules which may bring safer and more affordable medicine.

For details, please visit the following weblinks:

PAO press release

Nature Communications (September 2017)

Prof. Benzhong Tang received the State Natural Science Award (First Class) 2017 for Outstanding Achievements in the research of Aggregation-induced Emission (AIE).  The award was presented in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on 8 January, 2018.


Prof. Benzhong Tang and Dr. Jacky Lam were identified as Highly Cited Researcher in 2017 by Thomson Reuters


Prof. Xuhui Huang and Prof. Henry Yan have been elected as Members of the Young Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong (ASHK) in 2017.


Student Achievements


Three of our RPg students (see below) are awarded the Research Excellence Award 2017/2018 by School of Science, HKUST for their outstanding achievements in research. The awards will be presented on 30 May 2018. 
Miss Lu HUANG (Supervisor: Prof. Hongkai Wu), Miss WANG Qiongqiong (Supervisor: Prof. Jianzhen Yu) and Mr. ZENG Xiangze (Supervisor: Prof. Xuhui Huang)


MPhil Thesis Seminar
– 17 Aug 2018

Spatial and Temporal Variation of Organic
Acids and Cholesterol in PM2.5 in Hong Kong Urban and Remote Sites
By Miss Yuk Ying CHENG

Seminar – 17 Aug 2018
The Evolution of the Synthesis of Three Commercialized Compounds
By Dr. Wen-sen Li

PhD Thesis Defence Seminar
– 20 Aug 2018

Development of Novel Luminogens with
Aggregation Induced Emission Properties and Explorations of Their Technological
Applications in Biochemical Fields
By Mr. Chun Sing LEUNG

PhD Thesis Defence Seminar
– 20 Aug 2018

Developing Classification/Clustering Algorithms to Elucidate the Structure and Dynamics of Biological Macromolecules
By Miss Wei WANG

Seminar – 21 Aug 2018
Quantum Mechanics of Open Systems: A Statistical Quasi-particle Approach
By Professor Yijing Yan

MPhil Thesis Seminar
– 21 Aug 2018

C-C Bond Cleavage of 1,3-diols by Rhenium and Iron Complexes
By Mr. Kwan Chak Terence LEE

MPhil Thesis Seminar
– 21 Aug 2018

Synthesis and Reactivity of Heterometallic Platinum-Ruthenium and Iron-Osmium Nitrido Complexes
By Miss Shiwei QIN

PhD Thesis Defence Seminar
– 23 Aug 2018

Metal Complexes Containing Chalcogenolate and Bridging Nitrido Ligands
By Mr. Wai Ming NG

PhD Thesis Defence Seminar
– 23 Aug 2018

DFT Studies on the Copper-Catalyzed Carbon-Carbon Bond Formation Reactions
By Mr. Yu ZHOU

PhD Thesis Defence Seminar
– 27 Aug 2018

Neutron Diffraction Studies of Intermolecular Hydrogen Bonds in Some Organic Solids
By Miss Yuxin ZHANG

PhD Thesis Defence Seminar
– 28 Aug 2018

Allyl Functionalization of Achmatowicz Rearragement Products and Synthetic Methodology Development with NHC-Copper Catalysts
By Mr. Jingxun YU





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