Research Areas

Research and development within the Department focus on five main areas:


Analytical / Environmental Chemistry

Method development and applications for environmental and bioanalytical chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, food and drug analysis, microfluidics.

Synthetic Chemistry

Organic methodology, total synthesis, organometallic chemistry and catalysis, coordination chemistry.

Materials Chemistry

Inorganic and hybrid materials, nanomaterials, polymeric AIE and organic electronic materials.

Physical / Computational Chemistry

Laser-based spectroscopy, dynamics of biomolecular and supramolecular systems, computational chemistry.

Chemical Biology / Medicinal Chemistry

Protein organization in metabolism, signal transduction, medicinal chemistry, drug design, pharmaceutical formulation, application of AIE materials.


We have established international links with major chemical industries and have played a key role in setting up university-wide collaborations involving universities, research institutions and companies in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Japan, Europe and the US.