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Chinese Name: 周卓輝

Variants: Chow, C. F., Chow, C.-F. S.

Dr. Stephen Cheuk-Fai Chow received his B.Sc. (Applied Chemistry, 1st class honour) 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 University of 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. Dr. 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. Starting from 2014, he has taken up the directorship of knowledge transfer unit in the University. Dr. 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. 

Research interests

Dr Chow Cheuk Fai, Stephen’s research interests lie mainly in influential areas of supramolecular analytical chemistry such as sensors and catalysts, which contribute to the field of environmental studies.


Dr Chow has been the Principal Investigator of various successful external research projects in the area of analytical chemistry and environmental 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 the PRC Guangdong Province and Ministry in 2013 to lead projects that aimed to detect toxic pollutants in food and drinking water in a sensitive and selective way. 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 our next generation about the importance of plastic waste management. 

Over the past years, Dr Chow has published over 60 international refereed journal papers with more than half ranked within the top 10% in the SCI, SSCI and SJR international databases. Five articles on sensing or molecular recognition are highly recognised and highlighted as the cover stories in Analyst, Chemical CommunicationsChemical Science, Journal of Material Chemistry, Chemistry-A European Journal,  (all ranked in the top 10%). In addition, he successfully filed two patents by using his research in these areas in 2012 and 2015 respectively.

To further enhance the impact of his research through knowledge transfer (KT), Dr Chow has held the KT Directorship since July 2014 to facilitate the enhancement of university policies and initiatives on KT. His vision is to not only transfer his academic results to the community, but also to support his university’s KT at-large.


  1. C-H and C-C activation and oxidation of plastic wastes.

  2. Indicator/Catalyst Displacement Assay – Molecular sensors/catalysis for biological, environmental and food contaminant monitoring.

  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. Environmental education.

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