Facilities and Equipment

School of Science and Technology Research University Research Facilities Facilities and Equipment

Facilities and Equipment

Item 1

This instrument is supported by the grant from Research Grants Council of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (UGC/IDS(R)16/19)

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Thermo Scientific Accelerated Solvent Extraction System (Dionex ASE 350)

An accelerated solvent extraction (ASE) system will be acquired for performing complex and high-efficiency extraction, clean-up and concentration of various organic/inorganic analytes from complex sample matrices such as soil and sludge samples collected from mangrove and other coastal wetland habitats before further analysis.

Item 2

This instrument is supported by the grant from Research Grants Council of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (UGC/IDS(R)16/19)

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Lachat Flow Injection Analyzer

A flow injection analysis (FIA) system capable of automatically analysing a series of environmental chemicals, organic/inorganic pollutants in environmental samples will be purchased for assessing, quantifying, and monitoring the extent of pollution in the water body, soil, and sludge of mangrove and other coastal wetland habitats. These instruments will be used in conjunction with existing HPLC-MS/MS for characterising the physicochemical properties of soil and water in coastal wetlands and for developing bioremediation methods.

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This instrument is supported by the grant from Research Grants Council of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (UGC/IDS(R)16/19)

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Thermos Scientific Orbitrap MS (Q Extractive) with Dionex Nano LC (Utimate 3000)

A high-resolution mass spectrometer coupled with liquid chromatography system (Orbitrap LC-MS/ LC-QTOF-MS) capable of collecting high quality and tandem mass spectra will be acquired for identifying, quantifying, and characterising metabolites and proteomes in bacteria and microalgae. This will allow different comparative metabolomics and proteomic studies for a detailed analysis of the production of secondary metabolites which may alter cellular functions. The instrument will also be used to quantify the compositions of chemical residues, organic pollutants, and microplastics in environmental samples collected from coastal wetland habitats. It will be used in tandem with
our existing ICP-MS, UPLC, LC-MS, GC-MS, GC-FID/ECD, AAS, NMR spectrometer, UV/VIS spectrometer and FTIR.

Item 4

This instrument is supported by the grant from Research Grants Council of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (UGC/IDS(R)16/19)

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Flow Cytometer (Bio-Rad Z5 Cell Analyzer) Including Small Particle Detector Upgrade Kit

A flow cytometer (FACS) with cell sorting function together with the required data analysis software (e.g. FlowJo) will be acquired to perform single-cell analysis of microalgae and bacteria collected from coastal wetlands. The instrument will be used to study the cell physiology of microalgae and bacteria and the cellular mechanisms of microalgae associated with mangroves/coastal wetlands in
various environmental conditions. The cell sorter function will be used in tandem with the Orbitrap LC-MS or LC-QTOF-MS in order to conduct single-cell metabolomic analysis.

Other facilities and equipment

Jonathan Chiu
Marketing Director
3DP Technology Limited

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
Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital

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 Code Title Credits
  COMP S321F Advanced Database and Data Warehousing 5
  COMP S333F Advanced Programming and AI Algorithms 5
  COMP S351F Software Project Management 5
  COMP S362F Concurrent and Network Programming 5
  COMP S363F Distributed Systems and Parallel Computing 5
  COMP S382F Data Mining and Analytics 5
  COMP S390F Creative Programming for Games 5
  COMP S492F Machine Learning 5
  ELEC S305F Computer Networking 5
  ELEC S348F IOT Security 5
  ELEC S371F Digital Forensics 5
  ELEC S431F Blockchain Technologies 5
  ELEC S425F Computer and Network Security 5
 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