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Department of Construction Technology and Engineering

Academic Staff


  • Integrated Solid Waste Management
  • Carbon Management
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Environmental Policy and Legislations


  • PhD in Chemistry, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • MSc in Process Technology Management, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • BEng in Chemical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • BSc in Chemistry, Chinese University of Hong Kong


2016 - Present Faculty of Science and Technology, the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong
2010 - 2015 Research & Development Associate at Eco Environmental Energy Research Institute (Hong Kong Towngas)
2006 - 2010 Research Chemist at Kanata Chemical Technologies Inc, Toronto, Canada
2006 Visiting Fellow at National Research Council Canada – Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technology, Ottawa, Canada
2001 - 2005 Postdoctoral Fellow at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada


  • FIET – Fellow Member and Professional Development Mentor of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, UK
  • FIMMM – Fellow Member and Assessor of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, UK
  • MHKIE - Corporate Member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
  • R.P.E. - Registered Professional Engineers of Hong Kong
  • CChem, CSci, CEnv, MRSC - Chartered Chemist, Chartered Scientist, Chartered Environmentalist & Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
  • CEng MIChemE - Chartered Chemical Engineer, Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK
  • CEng MEI - Chartered Energy Engineer, Energy Institute, UK
  • CEM® Certified Energy Manager - Association of Energy Engineer, US
  • CAP Certified Carbon Auditor Professional - Association of Energy Engineer, US
  • Chartered Resource & Waste Manager (MCIWM) - Chartered Institution of Waste Management, UK
  • CMgr MCMI - Chartered Manager and Mentor of Chartered Management Institute, UK


  • Competence and Commitment Assessor for Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
  • Chartered Engineer Assessor for Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IMMM)
  • Consultant – Heung Yee Kuk (Committee of the Environmental & Health Committee)


  • Biomass Energy
  • Bio-renewable materials
  • Materials Testing
  • Recycling Technology


  • Hydrogenation catalyst for preparation of alkanes from bio-oil, China Patent No.: CN 104722329, Application No.: CN 2015-10102771 (2015)
  • Non-sulfide catalyst and application in biological oil hydrogenation upgrading thereof, China Patent No.: CN 105749927, Application No.: CN2014-10806281 (2014)
  • Cationic palladium complexes comprising diamino carbene ligands and their use in catalysis, US Patent 20130053566; CA Patent 2796447; WO 2011127579 (2012)
  • Catalytic combustion catalyst containing composite oxide Ce1-x-yZrxPdyOd and preparation method thereof, China Patent No.: CN 103861585, Application No.: CN 2012-10533464 (2012)
  • Method for the production of hydrogen from the dehydrocoupling of ammonia borane, US Patent 9115249 (2015); US Patent 20110104046; CA 2757028; WO 2009137932 (2011)
  • Method for preparing a metal catalyst, US Patent 8716508 (2014); US Patent 20120046479; CA 2740500; WO 2010043027 (2011)
  • Preparation of cationic transition metal catalysts and their use as hydrogenation catalysts, AU 2014221245 (2014); US Patent 20100311975; WO 2009055912; CA 2703671; EP 2215101; IL 205346; IN 2010DN03599 (2010)
  • The generation of hydrogen from ammonia borane through catalytic hydrolysis, United States Patent 8518368 (2013); US 20110070152; WO 2008141439: AU 2008253561; CA 2687536; KR 1555070; EP 2158154; CN 101730656;  JP 5467998: IL 202140: TW I462875: BR 2008012362; EA 23749; IN 2009DN08245 (2010)
  • Polymerization of phosphaalkenes, US Patent US7728091(2010); WO 2004055098; CA 2508979; AU 2003292925 (2004)


UGC/FDS25/E08/20 Hydrogen on Demand – Development of Hydrogel-Based Hydrogen Generator using Single Atom Strategy for Flexible Power Devices, funded (Principal Investigator). Funded amount: HK$ 992,841.
UGC/IDS(R)25/20 Establishment of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Food By-products Utilization (CIFU), funded (Team Member). Funded amount: HK$ 5,037,167.
UGC/IDS(C)14/B(E)01/19 Development of Renewable Energy for Decarbonizing and Modelling Sustainable Transport and Logistics Operations in Smart Cities of Greater Bay Area, on-going (Co-Principal Investigator). Funded amount: HK$ 3,015,000.
UGC/FDS25/E09/17 Treatment and Catalytic Upgrading of Mixed Oil Wastes and Wood/Paper Wastes to Transportation Fuels in Hong Kong, on-going (Principal Investigator) Funded amount: HK$ 1,040,000
UGC/FDS25/E10/17 Development of a Novel Photocatalytic Membrane System for Bacteria-Resistant Organics Oxidation in Wastewater, on-going (Principal Investigator) Funded amount: HK$ 920,100
SG1617105 (THEi Seed Grant) Bio-renewable Vehicular Fuels from Wood Waste in Hong Kong – a Novel Catalytic System, completed (Principal Investigator). Funded amount: HK$ 100,000
SG1617127 (THEi Seed Grant) Design and Synthesis of Luminescent Metal Complexes as Chemosensors for Environmental and Food Safety Monitoring, completed (Principal Investigator) Funded amount: HK$ 100,000


  • Kang, X.; Fu, G.; Wang, X.; Shao, L.; Li, W.; Tsang, C.-W.; Lu, X.-Y.; Fu, X.-Z.; Luo, J.-L. “Copper-cobalt-nickel oxide nanowire arrays on copper foams as self-standing anode materials for lithium ion batteries” Chinese Chemical Letters 2020, in press.
  • Khodadadi, M.R.; Malpartida, I.; Tsang, C.-W.; Lin, C.S.K.; Len, C. “Recent advances on the catalytic conversion of waste cooking oil” Molecular Catalysis 2020, 494, 111128.
  • Li, Y.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Chan, M.H.E.; Wong, E.Y.C.; Ho, C.K.D.; Lu X.-Y.; Liang, C. “Sustainable option for hydrogen production – Mechanistic study of the interaction between cobalt pincer and ammonia borane” Catalysts 2020, 10(7), 723; doi: 10.3390/catal10070723.
  • Zhang, J.; Zhao, C.; Li, C.; Li, S.; Tsang, C.-W.; Liang, C. “The role of oxophilic Mo species in Pt/MgO catalysts as extremely active sites for enhanced hydrodeoxygenation of dibenzofuran” Catalysis Science & Technology 2020, 10(9), 2948-2960.
  • Guan, W.; Chen, X.; Hu, H.; Tsang, C.-W.; Zhang, J.; Lin, C.S.K.; Liang, C. “Catalytic hydrogenolysis of lignin β-O-4 aryl ether compound and lignin to aromatics over Rh/Nb2O5 under low H2 pressure” Fuel Processing Technology 2020, 203, 106392.
  • Zhang, J.; Li, C.; Guan, W.; Chen, X.; Chen, X.; Tsang, C.-W.; Liang, C. Promotional effect of Co and Ni on MoO3 catalysts for hydrogenolysis of dibenzofuran to biphenyl under atmospheric hydrogen pressure, Journal of Catalysis 2020, 383, 311–321.
  • Zhang, J.; Li, C.; Guan, W.; Chen, X.; Chen, X.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Liang, C. "Deactivation and Regeneration Study of Co Promoted MoO3 Catalyst in Hydrogenolysis of Dibenzofuran", Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2020, DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.9b06442.
  • Guan, W.; Tsang, C.-W.; Lin, C.S.K.; Len, C.; Hu, H.; Liang, C. “A Review on High Catalytic Efficiency of Solid Acid Catalysts for Lignin Valorization”, Bioresource Technology 2020, 298, 122432.
  • Wang, H.; Tsang, C.-W. (co-1st-author); To, M. H.; Kaur, G.; Roelants, S.L.K.W.; Stevens, C. V.; Soetaert, W.; Lin, C.S.K. “Techno-economic Evaluation of a Biorefinery Applying Food Waste for Sophorolipid Production - A Case Study for Hong Kong”, Bioresource Technology 2020, 303, 122852.
  • Chan, M.H.E.; Chu, K.-K.; Chow, H.-F.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Ho, C.K.D.; Ho, S.-K. “Improving the Energy Efficiency of Petrochemical Plant Operations: A Measurement and Verification Case Study Using a Balanced Wave Optimizer”, Energies 2019, 12(21), 4136.
  • Guan, W.; Chua, S.-Y.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Lin, C.S.K.; Fu, S.-W.; Liang, C. “Economic Feasibility of a Gasoline Production Plant from Lignocellulosic Feedstocks”, BMC Chemical Engineering 2019, 1(24).
  • Li, C.; Chao, C.; Wu, X.; Tsang, C.-W.; Mou, J.; Bai, Z.; Yan, J.; Liu, Y.; Lin, C.S.K. “Recent Advancement in Lignin Biorefinery: with Special Focus on Enzymatic Degradation and Valorization” Bioresource Technology 2019, 291, 121898.
  • Li, C.; Zhang, X.; Chen, X.; Peng, Z.; Tsang, C.-W.; Liang, C. “NiMoAl catalysts derived from heptamolybdate-intercalated layered double hydroxides for hydrodeoxygenation of Anisole” BMC Chemical Engineering 2019, 1(14).
  • Chen, X.; Guan, W.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Hu, H.; Liang, C. “Lignin Valorizations with Ni Catalysts for Renewable Chemicals and Fuels Productions” Catalysts 2019, 9(6), 488. DOI: 10.3390/catal9060488.
  • Guan, W.; Li, C.; Chen, X.; Lu, X.-Y.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Hu, H.; Qi, H.; Liang, C. “Tuning the Acidity of Pt/CNTs Catalysts for Hydrodeoxygenation of Diphenyl Ether” Journal of Visualized Experiments 2019, (150), e59870, doi:10.3791/59870.
  • Wang, B.; Wang, S.; Tang, Y.; Tsang, C.-W.; Dai, J.; Leung, M.K.H.; Lu, X.-Y. “Micro/nanostructured MnCo2O4.5 anodes with high reversible capacity and excellent rate capability for next generation lithium-ion batteries”, Applied Energy 2019, 252, 113452.
  • Guan, W.; Chen, X.; Li, C.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Zhang, J.; Hu, H.; Liang, C. “Nb(Ta)-based solid acid modified Pt/CNTs catalysts for hydrodeoxygenation of lignin-derived compounds”, Molecular Catalysis 2019, 467, 61-69.
  • Wang, B.; Tsang, C.-W.; Li, K.H.; Tang, Y.; Mao, Y.; Lu, X.-Y. “Synthesis of Sea Urchin-Like NiCo2O4 via Charge-Driven Self-Assembly Strategy for High Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries”, Nanoscale Research letters 2019, 14:6.
  • Wang, N.-X.; Lu, X.-Y.; Tsang, Y.F.; Mao, Y.; Tsang, C.-W.; Au Yeung, V. “A comprehensive review of anaerobic digestion of organic solid wastes in relation to microbial community and enhancement process” Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 2018 DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.9315.
  • Chen, Y.; Wang, L.; Zhang, M.; Tsang, C.-W.; Liang C. “Synthesis and Characterization of Iron-Substituted ZSM-23 Zeolite Catalysts with Highly Selective n-Hexadecane Hydroisomerization”, Industrial Engineering and Chemistry Research 2018, 57(41), 13721-13730.
  • Tsang, C.-W.; Chu, K.-K. Gary; Wang, Y.; Chau, Y. C.; Lu, X.-Y.; Wang, B.; Wang, B. “Carbon Footprint Analysis at the Operation Phase in a Student Residential Hall in Hong Kong”, IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Sciences 2018, 168, 012037.
  • Li, C.; He, B.; Yu, L.; Tsang, C.-W.; Liang, C. “Glycerol Hydrogenolysis to n-Propanol over Zr-Al Composite Oxide Supported Pt Catalysts”, Chinese Journal of Catalysis 2018, 39, 1121-1128.
  • Wang, B.; Lu, X.-Y.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Wang, Y.; Au, W. K.; Guo, H. “Charge-Driven Self-Assembly Synthesis of Straw-Sheaf-Like Co3O4 with Superior Cyclability and Rate Capability for Lithium-Ion Batteries” Chemical Engineering Journal 2018, 338, 278-286.
  • Li, C.; Jin, S.; Guan, W.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Chu, W.-K.; Lau, W. K.; Liang, C. “Chemical Precipitation Method for the Synthesis of Nb2O5 Modified Bulk Nickel Catalysts with High Specific Surface Area” Journal of Visualized Experiments 2018, 132, e56987.
  • Zhu, W.; Jin, J.; Chen, X.; Li, C.; Wang, T.; Tsang, C.-W.; Liang, C. “Enhanced Activity and stability of La-doped CeO2 Monolithic Catalysts for Lean-oxygen Methane Combustion” Environmental Science and Pollution Research 2017, DOI:10.1007/s11356-017-0934-x.
  • Guan, W.; Chen, X.; Jin, S.; Li, C.; Tsang, C.-W.; Liang, C. “Highly stable Nb2O5-Al2O3 composite as solid Lewis acid supported Pt catalyst for upgrading of diphenyl ether” Industrial Engineering and Chemistry Research 2017, 56(47), 14034-14042.
  • Jin, S.; Guan, W.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Yan, D.Y.S.; Chan, C.-Y.; Liang, C. “Enhanced hydroconversion of lignin-derived oxygen-containing compounds over bulk nickel catalysts though Nb2O5 modification” Catalysis Letters 2017, 147(8), 2215-2224.
  • Jin, S.; Chen, X.; Li, C.; Tsang, C.-W.; Lafaye, G.; Liang, C. “Hydrodeoxygenation of Lignin-derived diaryl ethers to aromatics and alkanes using Nickel on Zr-doped niobium phosphate” ChemistrySelect 2016, 1, 4949-4956.
  • Zhang, M.; Li, C.; Chen, Y.; Tsang, C.-W.; Zhang, Q.; Liang, C. “Hydroisomerization of hexadecane over platinum supported on EU-1/ZSM-48 intergrowth zeolite catalysts” Catalysis Science & Technology 2016, 6, 8016-8023.
  • Zhang, M.; Chen, Y.; Wang, L.; Tsang, C.-W.; Zhang, Q.; Liang, C. “Shape Selectivity in Hexadecane to iso-Hexadecane over 10-Ring Zeolites: ZSM-22, ZSM-23, ZSM-35 and ZSM-48” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016, 55(55), 6069-6078.
  • Jin, J.; Li, C, Tsang, C.-W.; Xu, B.; Liang, C. “Catalytic Combustion of Methane over Pt-Ce Oxides under Scarce Oxygen Condition” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016, 55(8), 2293-2301.