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Prof. Stephen Cheuk-Fai Chow received his B.Sc. (Applied Chemistry, 1st class honor) and Ph.D. from the City University of Hong Kong in 2000 and 2005, respectively. After graduation, he obtained a Croucher Foundation Fellowship and did his post-doctoral fellowship with Nobel laureate Jean Marie Lehn at the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS), Strasbourg, France (2005-2007). His studies continued with Prof. Chi-Ming Che (The Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Prof. Michael Hon-Wah Lam at The University of Hong Kong (2007-2009) and The City University of Hong Kong (2009-2010), respectively. Prof. Chow joined the Department of Science and Environmental Studies of The Education University of Hong Kong as Assistant Professor in 2010 and became Associate Professor in 2013. Since 2014, he has taken up the Directorship of Knowledge Transfer at the University. He is now conferred with the Professor (Practice in Chemistry) title to recognize his leadership and academic excellence. Prof. Chow received The President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Research: (i) Early Career Research Excellence Award and (ii) Research Excellence Award from The Education University of Hong Kong in 2013 and 2016, respectively. He was a Topic Editor (Supramolecular Chemistry, 2020-2022) and is now an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Chemistry (IF 5.545, 2022- now). He was listed as the world's top 2% scientist in 2020 and 2022 (Stanford University under Organic Chemistry Field).

Ten Selected Publications:

(1) Shen C., Dagnaw W. M., Fong C. W., Lau K. C., Chow C. F. (COVER PAGE). Chemical Communications, 2022,58, 10627.

(2) Shen C., Tang Q., Gong C. B., Chow C. F. (COVER PAGE). Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2020,8, 5029-5035.

(3) Zheng A., Shen C., Tang Q., Gong C. B., Chow C. F. (COVER PAGE). Chemistry-a European Journal, 2019, 25, 9643-9649.

(4) Shen C., Zheng A., Huang, M., Tang Q., Gong C. B., Chow C. F. (COVER PAGE). Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2019, 7, 8585-8592.

(5) Chow, C. F., Ho, P. Y., Wong, W. L., Lu, Y. J., Tang, Q., Gong, C. B. Chemical Science, 2017, 8, 3812-3820.

(6) Chow, C. F., Ho, P. Y., Wong, W. L., Gong, C. B. (COVER PAGE). Chemistry-a European Journal, 2015, 21, 12984-12990.

(7) Che C. M., Chow C. F., Yuen M. Y., Roy V. A. L., Lu W., Chen Y., Chui S. S. Y., Zhu N. (COVER PAGE). Chemical Science, 2011, 2, 216-220.

(8) Chow C. F., Roy V. A. L., Zhou Y., Lam M. H. W., Lee C. S., Lau, K. C. (COVER PAGE). Journal of Materials Chemistry,2010, 2, 6245-6249.

(9) Chow C. F., Fujii S., Lehn J-M. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2007,46, 5007-5010.

(10) Chow C. F., Chiu B. K. W., Lam M. H. W., Wong W. Y. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2003, 125, 7802-7803.

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Research interests

Prof. Chow Cheuk Fai, Stephen’s research interests lie mainly in influential areas of supramolecular analytical chemistry, such as catalysts and chemosensors. Prof. Chow has been the Principal Investigator of various successful external research projects in environmental chemistry and education, with total funding of over HK$10 million. He was awarded 3 General Research Fund grants from the Research Grants Council in 2012, 2015, and 2016. He also obtained Knowledge Transfer Fund grants from the Hong Kong Government (ITC) in 2017 and 2023 and the PRC Guangdong Province and Ministry in 2013 to lead projects that aimed to detect toxic pollutants in food and drinking water sensitively and selectively. In 2016, he successfully received a grant of HK$3 million from the HSBC Foundation for transferring his research results into an environmental education project that aims to educate the next generation about the importance of plastic waste management. Over the past years, Prof. Chow has published over 100 international refereed journal papers/ book chapters/ books /conference papers, with more than half ranked within the top 10% in the SCI, SSCI, and SJR international databases. Several of his articles are highly recognized and highlighted as cover stories in Chemical Science, Chemical Communications, Journal of Material Chemistry, Chemistry-A European Journal, and Analyst. Also, he successfully filed seven patents by using his research in these areas from 2012-2021. To further enhance the impact of his research through knowledge transfer (KT), Prof. Chow has held the KT Directorship since July 2014 to facilitate the enhancement of university policies and initiatives on KT. His vision is to transfer his academic results to the community and support his University’s KT.

  1. Supramolecular chemosensors/catalysts for biological, environmental, and food contaminant monitoring.
  2. C-H activation and functionalization.
  3. Bimetallic complexes: MD-bridge-MA [MD = Fe(II), Ru(II), Os(II), Re(I); bridge = CN, N3, NCS; MA = Fe(II), Fe(III), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II), Pt(II), and Ln(III)].
  4. Smart materials – molecular imprinting polymers, supramolecular polymers, dynamic polymers.
  5. Plastic wastes environmental education/science.

External Appointments

Prof. Chow is a visiting professor at South China Normal University (2012-now) and Southwest University (2015-now). Because of his research background on plastic waste management, he has been serving as the honorable adviser of the Hong Kong Recycling Chamber of Commerce (2018-now), the adviser of the Committee of Environmental Sustainability and Social Distinct Development under the Shatin Woman's Association (2022-2024), and the member of the Climate Action Recognition Scheme of Hong Kong SDG Hub, Wofoo Social Enterprises (2021-now). Using his knowledge transfer background, Prof Chow serves as the assessor of the Enterprise Support Scheme (ESS) Assessment Panel for ITF, HKSAR (2021-now). He was a member of the HKDSE-Chemistry Subject Committee, Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (2012-2018), and a member of CDC-HKEAA Committee on Chemistry, Curriculum Development and Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (2013-2019), the Environmental and Conservation Fund Waste Reduction Project Vetting Subcommittee, EPD, HKSAR (2016-2022). He was a Topic Editor (Supramolecular Chemistry, 2020-2022), and he is now an Associate Editor (2022-now) of Frontiers in Chemistry (IF 5.45).

Professional information

ORCID: 0000-0003-2547-0351

ResearcherID: A-6461-2010


Molecular Heterobimetallic Chemodosimetric Sensor for the Detection of Biogenic Amines (US8288165B2)
The invention relates to heterobimetallic coordination polymers and their uses as chemodosimeters for sensing and screening of specific biogenic amines.
Date of grant: 16/10/2012

8-Compartment Plastic Recycling Bin (HK1500153.0)
The invention relates to a 8-compartment plastic recycling bin designed to facilitate collection of different plastic recyclables (PET, HDPE, PVC, LDPE, PP, PS, Others, and Blend polymers).
Date of grant: 22/1/2015

A Method for Preparing a Food Sensing Solution through the Use of Gold Nanoparticles (HK1257474)
A colorimetric probe based on AuNP-based sensor for meat/fish spoilage is developed.
Date of grant: 21/2/2019

Method for Assessing Oil Content of Jatropha Seeds (HK1210909)
Method for Assessing Oil Content of Jatropha Seeds
Date of grant: 17/9/2015

Method for Preparing Biodiesel and Ionic Liquid Catalyst (HK1212547)
Method for Preparing Biodiesel and Ionic Liquid Catalyst
Date of grant: 18/12/2015

Bimetallic Complex for Monitoring Sulfur-containing VOC Content (HK1261902)
A colorimetric probe based on bimetallic-based sensor for meat/fish spoilage is developed.
Date of grant: 18/4/2019

一种利用金纳米粒子的食品感测溶液的制 备方法及其应用 (CN 109724971 A)
Date of grant: 7/5/2019

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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