The Department of Physics and Materials Science

The world of science and technology in the new millennium is facing scientific challenges in the areas of Information Technology, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Energy and Environmental Science. In all these endeavors, materials issues are ubiquitous and the understanding of the underpinning physics is essential. In 1993, the City University of Hong Kong, recognizing the importance of these frontier challenges as well as the need for a synergism between education and research encompassing both physics and materials, formed the Department of Physics and Materials Science - the first of its kind in Hong Kong.

Over a ten-year period the Department has grown to a current size of 26 academic staff. In addition, there are approximately 80 research students and 110 research and technical staff. The Department now offers two undergraduate majors, BSc (Hons) in Applied Physics and BEng (Hons) in Materials Engineering, with a total of about 280 full-time students. Moreover, the Department offers a taught Master of Science (MSc) degree in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology with a total of about 60 students, as well as post-graduate degree programmes for Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The Department’s objectives are threefold: to educate students with advanced knowledge and skills, to conduct cutting-edge research and development leading to the advancement of science and technology, and to render professional services for Hong Kong and the Greater China region.

Members of our academic staff are recognized in their professional societies. Their honours include Fellows in the American Physical Society, Institute of Physics (UK), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (UK), Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, and editors of leading international journals. In the past five years, our research support totalled about $43 million. Our academic staff have published approximately 300 technical papers in refereed journals and delivered approximately 100 invited talks and conference presentations per year during the same period. With well-equipped laboratories, sound curriculum degrees and advanced multi-media education facilities, the devoted staff of the Department of Physics and Materials Science welcome the new challenges and are ready to bring state-of-the-art education to all students entering our degrees.

For more information about the department, please visit our website,

Professor Xun-Li Wang
September 2012.

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