The William Mong Institute for Science and Technology (WMINST) facilitates and supports numerous nano science and technology-related research projects at HKUST. It has a significant role in nurturing collaborative research programs internally and externally, as well as to secure external research funding. The Institute has also committed a substantial proportion of its resources to procure shared research equipment, housed in the University’s Central Research Facilities, for the communal benefit of HKUST researchers and beyond.

Key Research Areas

Nano and Quantum Materials
Advances in nanotechnology have produced artificial materials whose individual units are in the nanometer scale in one, two or all three dimensions. These nanomaterials can be designed to yield electrical, optical, magnetic and mechanical properties that are useful in a wide range of applications. In some cases, quantum mechanics is essential in understanding the behavior of these materials.
Quantum Technology
Based on quantum mechanical concepts such as entanglement and superposition, quantum technology creates and manipulates the quantum state of devices or systems. It opens opportunities in applications ranging from quantum computing and quantum communication to quantum sensing and simulation.
Metamaterials can manipulate waves including light and sound in ways that are not possible with naturally-occurring materials. By varying the shape, size and orientation of the elementary units that are smaller than the wavelength, novel effects such as cloaking, negative refraction and super-imaging can be achieved.

Key Research Projects

Quantitative Analysis of Weak Antilocalization Effect of Topological Surface State in Topological Insulator BiSbTeSe2 Prof Jiannong Wang
Advanced Optoelectronics Based on 2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenides/3D Perovskite Nanowires Arrays Hybrid Structures Prof Zhiyong Fan
Quantum Coherence between Atoms and Photons Prof Shengwang Du
Photophysics of 2D Materials and Control of Light Emission Direction and Spontaneous Emission Rate in Fluorophores by Metasurfaces Prof Kam Sing Wong
Interface Between Lateral Graphene/h-BN Heterojunctions for Thermoelectric Devices Prof Zhengtang Luo
Surface Plasmon Transformations using Metasurfaces Prof Tsan Han Li, Jensen
Studies of Spin-polarized Photocurrent in MBE-grown Topological Insulator and Topological Superconductor Thin Films and Heterostructures Prof Philip Sou
Quantum Hall States and Novel Properties in Atomically Thin Layered Materials Prof Ning Wang


Executive Committee

Advisory Committee


Prof Andrew Cohen

Acting Dean, School of Science


Prof Ho Bun Chan

Director, WMINST

Prof Moses Chan

Pennsylvania State University

Prof Steven Louie

University of California at Berkeley