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Dr. Sze Tung Po Eric 史東甫博士
BSc (Hons) CUHK, P.D. CityU, MSc Surrey, PhD CUHK
Associate Professor
School of Science and Technology


Dr. Eric Sze is an Associate Professor of the Department of Science, Hong Kong Metropolitan University. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in Department of Chemistry, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Eric Sze received his Bachelor in environmental science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). In 2000, he completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the same university. In 2015, Dr. Sze obtained his M.Sc. with distinction in Applied Toxicology at the University of Surrey, United Kingdom.

Dr. Sze has more than 10 years managerial experience in chemical testing laboratories for environmental samples, food and consumer products. Besides, he had also worked in the Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) of the Government of HKSAR as senior accreditation officer and assisted in developing and promoting the use of accreditation services. He is thus familiar with the accreditation requirements of laboratories and other conformity assessment bodies. In May 2018, Dr. Sze was appointed by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as Expert to conduct mission in training of lead assessors in Africa.

Teaching Areas & Research Interests

  • Microplastics monitoring in environmental waters
  • Laboratory management
  • Authentication of Chinese Materia Medica
  • Detection and characterization of toxic substances
  • Application of probiotic bacteria in food processing
  • Environmental studies and monitoring

Academic & Professional Experience

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Tse, Y.-T., Chan, S.M.-N., Sze, E.T.-P. (2022) Quantitative Assessment of Full Size Microplastics in Bottled and Tap Water Samples in Hong Kong. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 19, 13432.
  • Sung, J.C.-C., Lai, N.C.-Y., Wu, K.-C., Choi, M.-C., Ma, C.H.-Y., Lin, J., Kuok, C.-N., Leong, W.-L., Lam, W.-K., Hamied, Y.K., Lam, D.M.-K., Sze, E.T.-P., Kwong, K.W.-Y. (2022) Safety and Immunogenicity of Inactivated Bacillus subtilis Spores as a Heterologous Antibody Booster for COVID-19 Vaccines, Vaccines, 10, 1014.
  • Chan, K.-K., Tam, N.F.-Y., Ng, C., Kwok, C.S.-N., Xu, S.J.-L., Sze, E.T.-P., Lee, F.W.-F. (2021) Proteome Response of Meretrix Bivalves Hepatopancreas Exposed to Paralytic Shellfish Toxins Producing Dinoflagellate Gymnodinium catenatum. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 9, 1039,
  • Fong F.L.Y., El-Nezami, H., Sze E.T.P. (2021) Biogenic amines – Precursors of carcinogens in traditional Chinese fermented food, NFS Journal, 23, 52-57,
  • Tsang, Y.Y., Mak, C.W., Liebich, C., Lam, S.W., Sze, E. T-P., Chan, K.M. (2020), “Spatial and temporal variations of coastal microplastic pollution in Hong Kong”, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 161, Part B, 111765,
  • Fong, F.L.Y., Lam, K.Y., Lau C.S., Ho, K.H., Kan, Y.H., Poon, M.Y., El-Nezami, H., Sze, E.T.P. (2020) Reduction in biogenic amines in douchi fermented by probiotic bacteria. PLoS ONE 15(3): e0230916.
  • Wu, K.C., Yau, Y.H., Sze, E.T.P. (2020) Application of anaerobic bacterial ammonification pretreatment to microalgal food waste leachate cultivation and biofuel production, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 153, 111007,
  • Chan, R.C.H., Lam, S.S.W., Fong, F.L.Y., Chan, D.T.W., Lee, F.W.F., Sze, E.T.P. (2018) Optimization of protein extraction and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis profiles for the identification of Cordyceps sinensis and other similar species, PLoS ONE,
  • Chan, K.K., Kwok, C. S.-N., Sze, T.-P. E., Lee, F. W.-F. (2018), Evaluation of the Use of TRIzol-Based Protein Extraction Approach for Gel-Based Proteomic Analysis of Dried Seafood Products and Chinese Tonic Foods, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 19, 1998.
  • Tsang, Y.Y., Mak, C.W., Liebich, C., Lam, S.W., Sze, E. T-P., Chan, K.M. (2017) Microplastic Pollution in Marine Waters and Sediments of Hong Kong, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 115, 20
  • Chan, T.-W. D., Duan, L., Sze, T.-P. E. (2002) Accurate mass measurements for peptide and protein mixtures by using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization Fourier transform mass spectrometry (MALDI-FTMS), Analytical Chemistry, 74, 5282
  • Tsang, C-W., Yang, Q., Sze, E.T-P., Mak, T.C.W., Chan, T-W.D., Xie, Z. (2000) Weakly Coordinating Nature of a Carborane Cage Bearing Different Halogen Atoms. Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Icosahedral Mixed Halocarborane Anions, 1-H-CB11Y5X6- (X, Y = Cl, Br, I), Inorganic Chemistry, 39, 5851
  • Tsang, C-W., Yang, Q., Sze, E.T-P., Mak, T.C.W., Chan, T-W.D., Xie, Z. (2000) Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Highly Chlorinated, Brominated, Iodinated, and Methylated Carborane Anions, 1-H-CB9X9-, 1-NH2-CB9X9-(X = Cl, Br, I), and 1-H-CB9(CH3)9-, Inorganic Chemistry, 39, 3582
  • Sze, E.T-P. and Chan, T-W.D. (1999) Time-of-flight effects in matrix-assisted laser desorption / ionization Fourier transform mass spectrometry, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 13, 1
  • Xie, Z., Tsang, C-W., Sze, E.T-P., Yang, Q., Chan, T-W.D. and Mak, T.C.W. (1998) Highly Chlorinated, brominated, and iodinated icosahedral carbonane anions: 1-H-CB11X11-, 1-CH3-CB11-X11- (X = Cl, Br, I); 1-Br-CB11B11-, Inorganic Chemistry, 37, 6444
  • Sze, E.T.P., Wang, G. and Chan, T-W.D. (1998) Formulation of matrix solutions for use in matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) of Biomoelcules, Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, 9, 166

Selected Professional & Community Services

  • Vice President, Hong Kong Institution of Certified Auditors
  • Member, Curriculum Development Council – HKEAA Committee on Chemistry
  • Manager (Independent) of the Incorporated Management Committee, Cho Yiu Catholic Primary School

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Modified Date: 01 Feb, 2023
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Jonathan handles all external affairs include business development, patents write up and public relations. He is frequently interviewed by media and is considered a pioneer in 3D printing products.

Krutz Cheuk
Biomedical Engineer
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After graduating from OUHK, Krutz obtained an M.Sc. in Engineering Management from CityU. He is now completing his second master degree, M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, at CUHK. Krutz has a wide range of working experience. He has been with Siemens, VTech, and PCCW.

Hugo Leung
Software and Hardware Engineer
Innovation Team Company Limited

Hugo Leung Wai-yin, who graduated from his four-year programme in 2015, won the Best Paper Award for his ‘intelligent pill-dispenser’ design at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering’s International Conference on Consumer Electronics – China 2015.

The pill-dispenser alerts patients via sound and LED flashes to pre-set dosage and time intervals. Unlike units currently on the market, Hugo’s design connects to any mobile phone globally. In explaining how it works, he said: ‘There are three layers in the portable pillbox. The lowest level is a controller with various devices which can be connected to mobile phones in remote locations. Patients are alerted by a sound alarm and flashes. Should they fail to follow their prescribed regime, data can be sent via SMS to relatives and friends for follow up.’ The pill-dispenser has four medicine slots, plus a back-up with a LED alert, topped by a 500ml water bottle. It took Hugo three months of research and coding to complete his design, but he feels it was worth all his time and effort.

Hugo’s public examination results were disappointing and he was at a loss about his future before enrolling at the OUHK, which he now realizes was a major turning point in his life. He is grateful for the OUHK’s learning environment, its industry links and the positive guidance and encouragement from his teachers. The University is now exploring the commercial potential of his design with a pharmaceutical company. He hopes that this will benefit the elderly and chronically ill, as well as the society at large.

Soon after completing his studies, Hugo joined an automation technology company as an assistant engineer. He is responsible for the design and development of automation devices. The target is to minimize human labor and increase the quality of products. He is developing products which are used in various sections, including healthcare, manufacturing and consumer electronics.

Course CodeTitleCredits
 COMP S321FAdvanced Database and Data Warehousing5
 COMP S333FAdvanced Programming and AI Algorithms5
 COMP S351FSoftware Project Management5
 COMP S362FConcurrent and Network Programming5
 COMP S363FDistributed Systems and Parallel Computing5
 COMP S382FData Mining and Analytics5
 COMP S390FCreative Programming for Games5
 COMP S492FMachine Learning5
 ELEC S305FComputer Networking5
 ELEC S348FIOT Security5
 ELEC S371FDigital Forensics5
 ELEC S431FBlockchain Technologies5
 ELEC S425FComputer and Network Security5
 Course CodeTitleCredits
 ELEC S201FBasic Electronics5
 IT S290FHuman Computer Interaction & User Experience Design5
 STAT S251FStatistical Data Analysis5
 Course CodeTitleCredits
 COMPS333FAdvanced Programming and AI Algorithms5
 COMPS362FConcurrent and Network Programming5
 COMPS363FDistributed Systems and Parallel Computing5
 COMPS380FWeb Applications: Design and Development5
 COMPS381FServer-side Technologies and Cloud Computing5
 COMPS382FData Mining and Analytics5
 COMPS390FCreative Programming for Games5
 COMPS413FApplication Design and Development for Mobile Devices5
 COMPS492FMachine Learning5
 ELECS305FComputer Networking5
 ELECS363FAdvanced Computer Design5
 ELECS425FComputer and Network Security5