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Pushing the boundaries of innovation, making new discoveries and establishing new research paradigms.

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Committed to pursuing cutting-edge research, making groundbreaking discoveries and establishing new research paradigms.
Our quality and well-balanced education places particular emphasis on grit, curiosity and creativity…
At the School of Science, we promote a vibrant and dynamic environment that emphasizes academic excellence, scholarship, innovation and collaboration.
Yung Hou WONG
Other Format | 02 Jul 2024
2024 Summer Research Program
The Summer Research Program is designed for outstanding end-of-year 3 undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing research postgraduate study in the School of Science. This program offers participants with the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the research life at HKUST campus and work with faculty mentors from our School in conducting research projects in an interactive environment. Date: 2 July – 6 August, 2024     Eligibility: Undergraduate students majoring in science and related programs, who have completed 3 years of study (out of a 4-year bachelor program) and have attained a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0 (or 80%) or higher. A subsidy of around HK$10,000 will be provided to cover the on-campus student hostel fee and other local expenses. To enroll in this Summer Research Program, participants are required to pay the summer internship application fee, insurance, visa fee and a 1-credit tuition fee in advance (approximately HK$3,300). Additionally, participants are responsible for applying for a visa (which may take 10-12 weeks) and covering their own transportation costs to and from Hong Kong. Application Procedures: Department of Ocean Science: Fill in the application form and send it together with your academic transcript and resume to the department (ocescamp@ust.hk) Division of Life Science: Submit online application to the division directly Department of Physics: Submit online application to the division directly Department of Chemistry: Submit online application to the department directly Department of Mathematics: Submit online application to the department directly   The review of applications will be conducted by the respective Division/Department. Successful applicants will be notified by the Division/Department as soon as the application is closed. After receiving the Division/Department’s confirmation: (For successful applicants only) Submit online Visiting Interns application to the Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions Office (https://join.ust.hk/admissions/visiting/) Application deadline: 17 March, 2024
Seminar, Lecture, Talk | 24 May 2024
IAS / School of Science Joint Lecture - Confinement Controlled Electrochemistry: Nanopore beyond Sequencing
Abstract Nanopore electrochemistry refers to the promising measurement science based on elaborate pore structures, which offers a well-defined geometric confined space to adopt and characterize single entities by electrochemical technology.1-3 The electrochemical confined effect within the nanopore displays the incredible ability to achieve single entity discrimination by focusing energy (e.g. electrochemical, light energies and et al.) into small areas, converting the intrinsic properties of single entities into visible electrochemical read-outs with ultra-high temporal-spatial resolution.4 Furthermore, the excellent resolution of confined nanopore technology also permits the possibility to resolve the transient signals for further revealing the information of single biomolecules dynamics. The chemical controlled confinement inside nanopore provides the advanced electrochemically confined effects to convert the transient single molecule difference into the enhancing signal with high temporal-spatial resolution. In the speaker’s research group, the nanopore electrochemistry has been further applied into disease diagnostics by identifying rare sub-populations, DNA/protein sensing by reading the sequential differences and uncovering the fundamental chemical reactions pathways by revealing the hidden intermediates. References: 1. J. Jiang, M.-Y. Li, X.-Y. Wu, Y.-L. Ying, H.-X. Han, Y.-T. Long, Nat. Chem. 2023, 15, 578-586. 2. Y.-L. Ying, Z.-L. Hu, S. Zhang, Y. Qing, A. Fragasso, G. Maglia, A. Meller, H. Bayley, C. Dekker, Y.-T. Long, Nat. Nanotechnol. 2022, 17, 1136-1146. 3. H.-Y. Wang, Y.-L. Ying, Y. Li , Y.-T. Long, Chem.-Asian J., 2010, 5, 1952-1961. 4. Y.-L. Ying, Y.-T. Long, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 15720-15729. About the Speaker Prof. LONG Yi-Tao obtained his MS and PhD, both in Bioelectrochemistry, at Nanjing University in 1996 and 1998 respectively. He then pursued his postdoctoral studies at Heidelberg University in 1999-2001, the University of Saskatchewan in 2001-2005 and the University of California, Berkeley in 2006-2007. He joined the East China University of Science and Technology in 2007 as a Distinguished Professor at the Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials. In 2019, he returned to Nanjing University and is currently the Director of the Molecular Sensing and Imaging Center and the Professor of the State Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Life Science in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Prof. Long’s research interests include single molecule interface, electrochemically nanoconfined space, nanopore single molecule analysis, nanoelectrochemistry and in-situ spectroelectrochemistry. He serves as the Associate Editor of Chemical Science and the Editorial Board Member for Chemical Reviews. He is the recipient of the 2023 Electrochemistry Group Faraday Medal Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is also the Fellow of the Chinese Society of Chemistry, the International Society of Electrochemistry, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. For Attendees' Attention Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
Seminar, Lecture, Talk | 13 May 2024
IAS / School of Science Joint Lecture – Expanding the Borders of Chemical Reactivity
Abstract The lecture will demonstrate how it has been possible to expand the borders of cycloadditions beyond the “classical types of cycloadditions” applying organocatalytic activation principles. The underlying mechanistic aspects, developments, and applications of higher-order cycloadditions – cycloadditions involving more than 6π-electrons – will be presented. Furthermore, the developments of enantioselective oxidative coupling reactions and electrocyclizations will also be outlined. About the speaker Prof. Karl Anker JØRGENSEN obtained his PhD from Aarhus University in 1984. In 1985, he joined Nobel Laureate Prof. Roald HOFFMANN's group at Cornell University, USA in a fruitful postdoctoral position. During this time, Prof. Jørgensen and Prof. Hoffmann published a series of articles which founded the understanding of fundamental oxidation reactions catalyzed by metal complexes and surfaces, based on theoretical calculations. In 1989 he became Dr. Scient. Prof. Jørgensen joined the Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University in 1985 as an assistant professor and was appointed Full Professor in 1992. In the early 1990s, Prof. Jørgensen turned his research activities to asymmetric catalysis focusing on chiral Lewis acid catalysis. A grant from the Danish National Research Foundation in 1997 made it possible to establish the centre of excellence "Center for Catalysis" with an international research environment. During the 1990s the center developed a number of new metal catalyzed reactions, which have received considerable international interest. In 2001, Prof. Jørgensen's research interests changed to organocatalysis and since then he has made a strong international fingerprint to this highly competitive research field. He has received numerous awards and honorary appointments, and is member of The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences, Academy of Technical Sciences, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. For Attendees' Attention Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
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Science Focus
Science Focus is specially written and designed by HKUST science undergraduate students under the guidance of our faculty and staff. It aims to stimulate and nurture students’ interest in science and scientific research through interesting articles.
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School of Science
Offering diverse, interdisciplinary and inquiry-driven undergraduate education in an intellectually stimulating environment.
Providing students with exposure and hands-on training in innovative, cutting edge methodologies and technologies via research and taught postgraduate education.
Academic Units
Life Science
Ocean Science
The Department of Chemistry has dynamic, friendly and cooperative faculty members active in all areas of chemical research and whose research is internationally recognized.
Life Science
The mission of the Division of Life Science is to facilitate the advancement of both research and education in the field of biological sciences.
Excellence in research and a commitment to deliver effective and quality teaching programs, are the two pillars on which the Department of Mathematics is based.
Ocean Science
The Department of Ocean Science aims to lead in understanding ocean science and technology, marine conservation, global climate change, management of marine resources, socio-economy and sustainable development.
The mission of the Department of Physics is captured by the triangle of teaching, research and innovation.
Pushing the boundaries of innovation, making new discoveries and establishing new research paradigms.