Prof. Ophelia K. C. Tsui
Department of Physics, Boston University
○ Fei’s paper on annealing effect of PNC was published in Soft Matter. (July 2017).
○ Seth was admitted to Stanford. Congratulations! (June 2017).
○ Dr. Pak Man Yiu joined Ophelia’s lab. in HKUST as a postdoc. Welcome, Pak Man! (May 2017).
○ Xuanji’s paper on effective viscosity enhancement by UVO treatment was published in Polymer. (April 2017).
○ Ophelia started her leave in HKUST in Jan 2017 (Jan 2017).
○ Seth gave a poster presentation at the Reach In Science & Engineering (RISE) Symposium (August 12, 2016).
○ Ophelia was the discussion leader of the session, “Confined Polymers” in this year’s Gordon Research Conference Polymer Physics (July 19-24).
○ Seth Liyanage of Albemarle High School joined the group for a summer internship. Welcome, Seth!
Prof. Ophelia K. C. Tsui
Department of Physics
Office: Metcalf Science Center Rm. 215
Lab: Metcalf Science Center Rms. B2 &B3
Tel: 617-358-4669 (off) -5147 (lab)
Dynamics and stability of polymer films and nanocomposites, wetting properties of liquids on inhomogeneous surfaces, AFM nanotribology, nanomechanics, nanolithography
Xuanji Yu, PhD candidate
Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) Division
Dynamics of Polymer Films
Prof. Chi Hang Lam
Department of Physics
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom, Kowloon
Prof. Sanat Kumar
Department of Chemical Engineering
New York, NY.
Prof. Ping Gao
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Former Group Members
Dr. Hongfang Zhang ('99 - '00)
Position afterwards: Associate Professor, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Changchun, Jilin, China.
Dr. Fengchao Xie ('01 - '03)
Position afterwards: Research group leader, Huanyu Battery Co. (环宇电源股份有限公司）
Prof. Xuemin Lu ('03 - '04)
Current position: Associate Professor, School of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.
Prof. Yoshihisa Fujii
Afterward: Assistant professor, Kyushu University, Japan.
Current position: Associate professor,
Department of Chemistry for Materials, Mie University, Japan.
Prof. Zhaohui Yang
Current position: Professor, Department of Physics, Soochow University, China
Felix Fei Chen
Afterward: Postdoc at Northumbria University (Sept, 2016-June 2017),
Associate Professor, Xi’an Jiaotong University (July, 2017)
Department of Physics
Phase transition and morphology of crystalline polymer, x-ray scattering, glass transition of polymer thin films
Crystalline polymer, glass transition of polymer thin films, novel methods for liquid crystal alignment
Theoretical studies of electrorheological fluids, Composite media
Synthesis and laser-processing of photosensitive materials, development of liquid crystal devices.
Modeling of liquid crystal alignment on inhomogeneous surfaces and bandgap properties of photonic crystals
Modeling of wetting properties of patterned surfaces
Polymer thin films and interfaces
Polymer films, nanomaterials and carbon nanotube membranes
Dynamics of Polymer Films and Nanocomposites
Oi Chi Tsang‡ (M. Phil., '00)
M. Phil. Thesis: "RDS Study of Relaxation in Mechanically Aligned Polymer Films"
After graduation: Teaching instructor, Physics, HKUST
Prof. Binyang Du‡ (Ph. D. of Changchun Institute of Appl. Chem., '02)
Ph. D. Thesis: "Nanomechanical Measurements of Polymer Surface"
Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (2003)
Current position: Associate Professor, Zhejiang University, Zhejiang, China.
Dr. Baoshe Zhang‡ (Ph.D., '02)
Ph.D. Thesis: "A Study of Substrate-Liquid Crystal Interaction"
After graduation: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Lethbrige, Alberta, Canada.
Current position: Scientific programmer, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.
Dr. Fuk Kay Lee (M. Phil., '01, Ph.D., '05)
Recipient of the Academic Achievements Award, HKUST (2000)
M. Phil. Thesis: "Study of Strong Localization Effects in Quantum Interference Nanostructures"
Ph.D. Thesis: "Control of Liquid Crystal Alignment by Inhomogeneous Substrates"
Position afterwards: Research Scientist, Applied Physics, Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ., Hong Kong.
Dr. Xue Yun Zhang (M. Phil., '05)
M. Phil. Thesis: "Polymer Thin Film Dewetting: Fundamentals and Applications"
Position afterward: Ph.D. student, Chemical Engineering, HKUST
Current position: Research engineer, Vesta Technology R&D, Singapore.
Dr. Yong Jian Wang (Ph.D., '06)
Ph.D. Thesis: "Dewetting Instability of Polymer Thin Film"
Position afterward: Postdoctoral Fellow, Physics, HKUST.
Dr. Andrew Clough (Ph.D., '13)
Ph.D. Thesis: "Exploring Ways to Control the Properties of Polymer Thin Films"
Position afterward: Postdoc, Okalahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
Current position: Lecturer, California Polytechnic State University
Dr. Ranxing Nancy Li (Ph.D., '13)
Ph.D. Thesis: "The Influence of Interface and Solvent Quality on the Dynamics of Polymer Films"
Position afterward: Shell Oil Company.
Dr. Dongdong Peng, (PhD., ’13)
Ph.D. Thesis: "Study of Polymer Thin Films Using Atomic Force Microscopy"
Position afterward: Cggveritas
Kun Geng, (PhD., ’16)
Ph.D. Thesis: "Dynamic Studies of Nano-Confined Polymer Thin Films"
After graduation: Analog Devices
‡ co-advised student
Mr. Walter C. M. Ho ('17 -)
Department of Physics, HKUST
Ms. Carrie W. Y. Law ('02 - '06)
Current position: Senior Technical Officer, Materials and Characterization Facility, HKUST
Mr. Jacob Y. L. Ho ('99 - '02)
Current position: Senior Technical Officer, Electronic & Computer Engineering Department, HKUST
Raymond Zhou (Physics major, BU, 2010-11)
Project: "Wetting Properties of Polymer Brushes"
Lela Todorova (B. Sc., Physics, BU, '08)
Project: "Surface Structure of Confined Polymers"
After graduation: Physicist, Massachusetts General Hospital
Kim Man Siu (B. Sc., Math, HKUST, '02)
Project: "Dewetting of Polymer Films"
Rui Ma (B. Sc., Phys, HKUST, '03)
Project : "Liquid Crystal Alignment by Inhomogeneous Substrate Patterning"
Jeffrey C. W. Lee (B. Sc., Phys, HKUST, '04)
Project: "Patterning of Photoalignment film by Optical Projection Method"
Xu Li (Exchange student, Spring '05)
Project: "Formation of Inhomogeneous Liquid Crystal Alignment Layer"
High School Students
Albemarle High School, Charlottesville, VA
Lawrence Arney (Lars)
Randolph School, Huntsville, AL
Lynbrook High School, San Jose, CA
Newton North High School, Newtonville, MA
Andover High School, Andover, MN
Rebecca Masel (July-Aug 2008)
The Tatnall School, Wilmington, DE
Elliott Grieco (Marine Academy of Science & Technology)
Project: "Surface Tension of Polymer Ultra Thin Films"
Shun Yin Wong (Ying Wa College, HK)
Wing Mei Dickinson Lee (Christian Alliance S. C. Chan Memorial College, HK)
Chun Yu Tse (Christian Alliance S. C. Chan Memorial College, HK)
Kwan Tai Ivan Shiu (St. Louis School, HK)
First Prize Winners of the 2005 Physics Research Experience for the Sixth Form Students
Project: "Choreography with Rubens Flame Tube"
Click here to download the video of our tube in action (4.7 MB).
Tsz Hei Chan (St. Francis Xavier's College, HK)
Wai Yee Ho (SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School, HK)
Yau Shing Ng (Wong Shiu Chi Secondary School, HK)
Chiu Fai Tang (HKTA Tang Hin Memorial Secondary School, HK)
First Prize Winners of the 2004 Physics Research Experience for the Sixth Form Students
Project: "Physics and Construction of Smoke Cannon"
Last revised on 7/8/2015.