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Chinese Name : 楊友源

Professor Yeung is a multidisciplinary scholar in two distinct academic disciplines, namely science and education. As a scientist, his research areas have been mainly related to the atomic spectroscopy of transition metal and rare earth elements, computational science and materials science. As a teacher educator, he actively conducts research in various fields of information technology and science education. The foci of his current research interest include energy technology in luminescent materials, crystal field theory, molecular dynamics simulation, science/STEM education, technology-enhanced learning (including 3D visualisation, virtual reality, remote-controlled experiments) and social network analysis in education. Apart from the full-time post at EdUHK, he is a visiting professor at the Sichuan Normal University (Chengdu, China) and an adjunct professor at Xinjiang Normal University (Urumqi, China) and has been an adjunct professor in the East China Normal University (Shanghai, China) during 2008-2011. He was the Head/Acting Head in the Department of Science in 2001-2002 and was the associate head of the Department of Science and Environmental Studies during 2010-2015.  Currently, he is the Coordinator for the Science Education and Education for Sustainability Specialisation of the Doctor of Education Programme.  Formerly, he was the Programme Leader of the Bachelor of Science Education (Science & Web Technology) Programme and the Chair for the Programme Development Committee of the new dual major Bachelor of Education in Science programme. He has been serving as the supervisor and external examiner for a number of PhD candidates over the last few years.   He served as the Secretary and Council Member of the Asia-Pacific EPR/ESR Society during 1997-2004 and then was conferred with the Distinguished Service Award.  He is a senior member of The Association for Computing Machinery (New York, USA) since 2007. Over the last 20 years, he has been leading or participating in more than 70 funded projects in research, teaching development, knowledge transfer and consultancy work with more than 200 pieces of academic publications or output, including over 110 refereed journal papers, 70 presentations in local or international conferences and around 50 book/monograph chapters, professional articles/reports, or computer software etc. In addition to teaching and research, he has been extensively promoting public understanding of science, technology and environment to the young children, teenagers, adults, corporates and elderly through founding  the open-access journal called “Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching” (ISSN 1609-4913) of which he has been the Chief Editor since 2000 and actively serving in various government and NGO committees, functions (including being invited speaker for delivering talks, seminars, exhibitions and workshops) or competition activities (as advisor, judge, adjudicator and/or mentor).  Besides, he has served as vice chair, chair or executive chairperson in organising a number of international conferences. His latest adventure was to serve as the chair of the organising committee for the Hong Kong STEM Olympiad 2016. Recently, he won a Gold Medal Award and a Special Inventor Award in the 2017 International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada for the invention and innovation of a new educational device called Mobile Logger for effective learning and teaching of science and environmental studies. The invention was further converted into a STEM education kit which was conferred with a Silver Medal in the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva 2018. He also got the  President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Knowledge Transfer (Individual Award) from The Education University of Hong Kong in 2018.  He was conferred with a Gold Medal and a Special Prize (from The Association of Thai Innovation and Invention Promotion) in the 2018 International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada for the invention of an innovative method for easy and rapid development of online experiments to facilitate effective STEM education.

Research interests

  • Physics (condensed matter physics, materials science, atomic spectroscopy of rare earths and transition metals, energy technology, crystal field theory)
  • Computational Science (atomic physics, molecular dynamics simulation, learning theory)
  • Science Education, Physics Education and STEM education (informal science learning, remote-controlled experiments, affective domain of science learning, social network analysis in education)
  • Technology Enhanced Learning (also known as Information and Communications Technology in Education) (Web-based learning, ICT-mediated experiments, mobile learning, virtual reality & 3D visualization)

Professional information

Scopus ID : 7006608750

ORCID : 0000-0002-3605-0988

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science Social Sciences
Hong Kong Social Sciences
crystal field theory Physics & Astronomy
learning Social Sciences
Ions Chemical Compounds
education Social Sciences
Crystals Chemical Compounds
teacher Social Sciences

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Research Outputs 1985 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

Deciphering the microstructure and energy-level splitting of Tm³⁺-doped yttrium aluminum garnet

JU, M., ZHONG, M., LU, C. & YEUNG, Y. Y., 2019, In : Inorganic Chemistry. 58, 2, p. 1058-1066

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

yttrium-aluminum garnet
Electron energy levels
energy levels

First-principles calculations of photoluminescence and defect states of Ce³⁺-doped (Ca/Sr)₂B₅O₉Cl

CAI, J., JING, W., CHENG, J., ZHANG, Y., CHEN, Y., YIN, M., YEUNG, Y. Y. & DUAN, C-K., Mar 2019, In : Physical Review B. 99, 12, 125107.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Excited states

Mismanaged plastic waste: Far side of the moon

FOK, L., CHENG, N. Y. I. & YEUNG, Y. Y., 2019, Environmental sustainability and education for waste management: Implications for policy and practice. SO, W. W. M., CHOW, C. F. & LEE, J. C. K. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 57-71

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

plastic waste
health risk
waste management
1 Citation (Scopus)

New theoretical insights into the crystal-field splitting and transition mechanism for Nd³⁺-doped Y₃Al₅O₁₂

JU, M., XIAO, Y., ZHONG, M., SUN, W., XIA, X., YEUNG, Y. Y. & LU, C., 2019, In : ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 11, 11, p. 10745-10750

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Rare earths
Rare Earth Metals
Crystal lattices


李揚津, 鄧權隱, 羅家駒, 李海洋, 李文樂, 陳文豪, 蔣志超, 郭炳偉, 何詠基, 李凱雯, 李偉展, 曾耀輝, 楊志豪, 楊友源, 陳萬德, 鍾愛蓮, 黃志堅, 龍潔盈, 黃皓麟, 黃兆良 & 2 others, 利諾怡 & 李彥霆, 2019, 香港: 香港教育大學.

Research output: Book/ReportBook