About Our Team

The group fosters a multicultural and diverse environment. We have recruited talented students and post-docs from five countries across the three continents.
Principal Investigator

Francesco Ciucci

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering & Chemical and Biological Engineering

Prof. Ciucci received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology where he was supported by a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and by a Bechtel Graduate Fellowship. He did postdoctoral work at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing of the University of Heidelberg, Germany where he received a Heidelberg Graduate School Fellowship and a Marie Curie Reintegration Grant from the European Union (2010-2013). Prior to that, he graduated with a dual M.Sc. degree in Engineering Science (~applied physics and applied mathematics) at Ecole Centrale Paris, France, and in Aerospace Engineering (cum laude) at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. His current research focuses on fuel cells, batteries, and modeling of such systems using continuum and atomistic simulations.

PostDoctoral Scholars

Mohammed B. Effat

PostDoctoral Scholar, HKUST, since 2019
Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2019

Awards:

  • Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, 2015

Research interests: experimental and computational development of energy materials for rechargeable batteries.

Xidong Lin

PostDoctoral Scholar, HKUST, since 2019
Ph.D., Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Sun Yat-sen University, China, 2018
M.Sc., Chemistry, University of Houston, U.S., 2014
B.Sc., Applied Chemistry, Sun Yat-sen University, China, 2014

Zhiqi Zhang

PostDoctoral Scholar, HKUST, since 2019
Ph.D., School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University, China, 2018
M.Eng., Nonferrous Metallurgy, Northeastern University, China, 2011
B.Eng., Metallurgical Engineering, Northeastern University, China, 2009

    Zheng Wang
    PostDoctoral Scholar, HKUST, since 2020
    Postdoctoral researcher, School of Chemical Biology and Biotechnology, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School, 2017-2019
    Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, HKUST, 2013-2017
    B.Sc., Department of Chemistry, Harbin Institute of Technology, 2009-2013

    Jiapeng Liu
    PostDoctoral Scholar, HKUST, since 2020
    Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2020
    B.Eng., Northwestern Polytechnical University.

    Research interest: theoretical study of energy-related materials using density functional theory as well as machine learning techniques

    Stephen Kwok
    Research Associate, HKUST, since 2015
    Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2015
    B.Eng., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2007

    Graduate Students

    Ting Hei Wan
    Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2020
    M.Phil., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2015
    B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering (first class honors), HKUST, 2013

    Awards:

    • Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme, Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong, 2015
    • Simatelex Charitable Foundation Scholarship, 2013
    • The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Prize, 2013
    • The Hongkong Electric Co Ltd Scholarship, 2012
    • Dean’s List, 2010-13

    Junxiong Wu
    Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2020
    M.Eng., Material Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2016
    B.Eng., Material Science and Engineering, Fuzhou University, 2013

    Awards:

    • Best Poster Award, International Forum on Graphene, 2015
    • Excellent Graduate of Fuzhou University, 2013
    • National Scholarship, 2012

    Jing YU
    Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2021 expected
    M.Phil., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2018
    B.Eng., Chemical Engineering and Technology, Nanjing Tech University, China, 2008

    Alessio Belotti
    Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2021 expected
    M.Sc., Energy Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 2014
    B.Sc., Mechanical Design Manufacture and Automation, Tongji University, China, 2015
    Dual B.Sc., Mechanical and Production Engineering, Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino, Italy, 2010

    Awards:

    • Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, 2018-21
    • Long Life Program scholarship for European ERASMUS students, MIUR, 2011
    • PoliTong Sino-Italian Campus scholarship, MIUR, 2008-09

    Emanuele Quattrocchi
    Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2021 expected
    M.Phil., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2018
    M.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 2006
    B.Sc., Chemical Engineering

    Awards:

    • Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, 2018-21
    • 2nd year M.Sc. Scholarship Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 2004
    • 2nd year B.Sc. Scholarship Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 2001

    Antonino Curcio
    Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2021 expected
    M.Sc., Energy Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 2017
    B.Sc., Mechanical Design Manufacture and Automation, Tongji University, China, 2018
    Dual B.Sc., Mechanical and Production Engineering, Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino, Italy, 2015

    Awards:

    • Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, 2019-22
    • European Engineering Team ERASMUS+ Grant Program, MIUR, 2017
    • PoliTong Sino-Italian Campus scholarship, MIUR, 2013-14

    Simona Pepe
    Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2021 expected
    M.Sc., Energy Engineering Power Production, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 2016
    B.Sc., Energy Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 2013

    Awards:

    • Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, 2019
    • Long Life Program scholarship for European Erasmus students, MIUR, 2013
    • Gran Sasso – Princeton Physics Summer Camp, INFIN, 2010

    Md Raziun Bin Mamtaz
    M.Phil., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2020
    B.Eng., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2017
    B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering (Exchange), Georgia Tech, 2015

    Awards:

    • Postgraduate Studentship (PGS) 2018-20
    • President’s Cup (Honorary) 2017
    • Outstanding Engineering Project Award 2017
    • Dean’s List 2016
    • World Highest in Mathematics (GCE Cambridge) 2011-13

    Yuhao Wang
    Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2023 expected
    M.Sc., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, HKUST, 2019
    B.Eng., Chemical Engineering and Technology, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing (CUMTB), China, 2017

    Complete CV: http://yuhao.wang

    Awards:

    • CUMTB Excellent Student Scholarship, CUMTB, 2014/2015/2016
    • CUMTB Excellent Undergraduate Graduation Design (Thesis), CUMTB, 2017

    Guodong Zhou
    Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2023 expected
    M.Eng., Polymer Materials, Zhejiang University, China, 2019
    B.Eng., Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 2016

    Awards:

    • Outstanding Graduates of Zhejiang University, 2016, 2019
    • Excellent League Cadre of Zhejiang University, 2014
    • Second-Class Scholarship for Outstanding Students, 2013, 2014

    Ho Mei Law 
    M.Phil., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2021 expected
    B.Eng. (Hons), Materials Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, 2016
    Summer Internship, Electronic Engineering, The University of York, UK, 2015

    Former members

    Dengjie Chen
    PostDoctoral Scholar, HKUST, 2013-15

    Hong Zhao
    PostDoctoral Scholar, HKUST, 2014-15

    Chi Chen
    Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2013-16  

    Mattia Saccoccio
    Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2013-17

    Yang Gao
    Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST,  2014-17

    Ziheng Lu
    Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST,  2015-18 

    Jian Wang
    Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2015-18 

    Yu-Qi Lyu
    Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2016-19 

    Zarah Medina Baiyee
    M.Phil., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2014-15 

    Kwun Yu Lam
    M.Phil., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2016-17 

    Louis You
    M.Phil., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST, 2016-17 

    Lin Nan
    M.Phil., Chemical Engineering, HKUST, 2013 (thesis)

    Yuyang Xie
    B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering (first class honors), HKUST, 2014

    Zezhi Zeng
    B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering (first class honors), HKUST, 2014

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