Energy has been considered as the core research area within the broadly-based disciplines of environmental science and technology. It is one of the most emerging disciplines amongst many engineering, science and social science topics. Energy Technology research covers many areas including sustainable technology, conventional technology, and energy efficiency and conservation. The interdisciplinary postgraduate research program in Energy Technology at School of Engineering in HKUST provides long-term support to our ongoing educational training and fast-developing research in technology.

Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of Energy Technology, its research and training is integrated with different disciplines so that students can be equipped with necessary knowledge and experience. School of Engineering has introduced the Energy Technology Concentration in different disciplines including Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electronic & Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Decision Analytics and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. Students can enroll in a particular discipline for research with a special focus on topic(s) in Energy Technology.

Research Focus
School of Engineering has an unrivaled strength in Energy Technology with a strong team of over 40 faculty members who have been working in one or multiple topics related to energy. The following core research areas represent the current expertise and research activities across the six departments in School of Engineering, HKUST.

Sustainable Technology
Sustainable energy sources include all renewable sources, such as plant matter, solar power, wind power, wave power, geothermal power and tidal power; improving energy efficiency; Fuel cells for transportation and power generation; nanostructured materials for energy storage devices including fuel cells, advanced batteries and supercapacitors; nanostructured electrodes, graphene-based anode and cathode materials; battery system and package management; organic and inorganic photovoltaic materials; gasification of biomass for energy production; biorefinery and bioprocessing for energy generation; innovative technologies for converting and recovering solid wastes into energy.

Production of ethanol from cellulosic materials; enhanced use of biogas produced from microbial conversion in landfills of municipal solid wastes, wastewater, industrial effluents, and manure wastes; use of planted forests for production of electricity either by direct combustion or by gasification; use of highly efficient gas turbines. Energy scavenging for mobile and wireless electronics which enable systems to scavenge power from human activity or derive limited energy from ambient heat, light, radio, or vibrations. 

Conventional Technology
Three main types of fossil fuels, namely coal, petroleum, and natural gas; liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) derived from the production of natural gas; nuclear energy, solid waste treatment and management, radioactive waste treatment, reactor materials, durability and fracture mechanics of reactor materials and structure, nuclear reprocessing, environmental effect of nuclear power; hydropower dam structures, turbine materials and design, hydrology and sediment; water quantity and quality; sources of water; environmental consideration in the design of waterway systems; advanced technologies for conventional energy production, such as gas hydrates, microwave refining, synthetic fuel involving conversion process from coal, natural gas and biomass into liquid fuel.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation
In electronics: energy integration for chemical and energy industries; energy-efficient computation; high-efficiency power electronics; power management integrated circuits; low power ICs; green radio; customized building for energy saving; LED for solid state lighting; smart grids; wireless sensor networks, battery-powered electronics, mobile electronics

In Buildings: energy efficient building; light-weight heat insulating building material; customized building for energy saving;  energy saving from solid state lighting

Economy and Society
Clean production process for reducing material consumption and pollution; software for waste minimization and pollution prevention; green materials for industrial application and building environment; hazards impacting environmental health; analysis of environmental risk, socio-economic and life-cycle analysis for policy making and planning; novel compounds from marine organisms; policy on efficient energy use

For more details, please visit affiliated Engineering faculty profiles.

Research Facilities
A total of six Research Centers are identified to be actively involved in research in energy-related topics including Center for Sustainable Energy Technology, Center for Display Research, Center for Advanced Microsystem Packaging, Finetex-HKUST R&D Center, Photonics Technology Center and Building Energy Research Center at Nansha.