HKUST PG Programs 2023-24 for School of Engineering

School of SCIENCE 4 Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Research Foci Chemical and Biological Engineering is a highly diversified engineering and science discipline. The Department’s research can be classified into five major areas: Facilities The Department has state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation, including a high-performance liquid chromatograph, gas chromatographs with a mass selective detector, flame ionization detector, inductively coupled plasma spectrometer, organic carbon analyzer, UV/ visible spectrophotometer, Raman and FTIR spectrometers, differential scanning calorimeter, capillary rheometer and universal testing machine. In addition, each area of research has specific facilities available to it. The University’s central facilities provide relevant supports, including an electronic support shop, instrumentation pool, machine shop and the Design and Manufacturing Services Facility. There are also advanced computing facilities, including a massive parallel processing computer. Product and Process Design Design optimization, smart manufacturing, big data, artificial intelligence, chemical processes, biochemical processes, environmental fate and transport, and surface phenomena and effects. The design of high value-added products, such as, food additives and pharmaceuticals, is alsoanactive researcharea. Advanced Materials Nanomaterials, graphene, 2D materials, zeolites, novel polymers, polymer composites, DNA self-assembly process, polymer interfaces and surfaces as well as polymer/ cereamic membranes. In-depth studies are being carried out in: nanomaterial synthesis and characterization, rheology, non-Newtonian flow, heat and mass transport, and process control associated with the injection-molding process. Biomolecular Engineering Molecular-level design and engineering of naturederived and artificial materials for regenerative medicine, drug deliveries and therapeutics, novel sensing strategies and diagnostic platform for point of care, synthetic and systems biology, omics technology and bioinformatics. Energy Technologies Energy storage and conversion technologies including fuel cells, advanced batteries, solar cells, electrolyzers, and supercapacitors. Main research activities include optimization of energy systems, development of advanced materials and critical components, understanding reaction mechanisms, and modelling/ simulation. Environmental Engineering Air pollution formation and abatement, deodorization of indoor air, catalytic and advanced oxidation, electrocoagulation and electrooxidation, advanced methods for wastewater treatment, hazardous wastes and micro-contamination, waste minimization and cleaner technologies.