• HKU Faculty of Dentistry

2024 Annual Scientific Meeting

Dean's Message
2024 Annual Scientific Meeting

Welcome to the 2024 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Faculty of Dentistry. The Annual Scientific Meeting provides a forum for students and staff to showcase their recent works. It is a great opportunity to strengthen our community, stimulate critical thinking, foster innovation, and reach out to everyone who is passionate about our vision of impact through innovation, interdisciplinarity and internationalization.

The 2024 ASM features a keynote presentation on Biomimetic Sensing Devices with Nanostructures by Professor Zhiyong Fan, Chair Professor of HKUST Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, and around 30 oral presentations by our Faculty staff and postgraduate students. I hope that you take advantage of the opportunity to make new friends, exchange ideas, and discuss potential collaborations to further our vision. I look forward to seeing you at the Meeting.

Professor Thomas Flemmig

Kingboard Professor in Advanced Dentistry
Dean, HKU Faculty of Dentistry

Professor Thomas Flemmig
Professor Zhiyong Fan

Keynote Presentation

Professor Zhiyong Fan

Chair Professor
Co-Director of State Key Laboratory of Advanced Displays and Optoelectronics Technologies
Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Biomimetic Optoelectronics and Sensors with Nanostructures

The evolution of nature for hundreds of millions of years has brought us a colorful biological world. Various micro-nano structures in biological organisms constitute organs with different functions. The various sensory organs have powerful information collection capabilities and adaptability, whose design can well inspire human beings to manufacture efficient functional devices. This talk will summarize our group's recent research on nanowire array based bionic eye devices and nanostructured electronic nose (E-nose) devices. The bionic retina utilizes an ultra-dense array of optoelectronic nanowires grown in a hemispherical porous template. Nanowires could mimic the visual perception cells in the human eye. The devices feature ultra-wide field of view, and can sense visible and mid-infrared light, as well as color distinguish capability. They can have potential applications for future robotics and autonomous systems. Meanwhile, the talk will also introduce our research on nanostructured chemical sensor arrays and high-performance smart bionic E-nose systems. By combining semiconductor nanotube sensor arrays and artificial intelligence algorithms, the identification of multiple gases can be achieved. This sensor system can meet the urgent needs of distributed environmental monitoring in smart homes, smart buildings and smart cities, and can also be used in mobile and wearable devices in the future.


Professor Zhiyong Fan is a Chair Professor at the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering and Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He received B.S. and M. S. degrees from Fudan University, PhD degree from University of California, Irvine in 2006 then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2007~2010. He joined Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 2010. Currently, he is the founding Director of Center on Smart Sensors and Environmental Technologies, Co-director of the State Key Laboratory of Advanced Display and Optoelectronics Technologies at HKUST. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of Optica, Senior Member of IEEE, and Founding Member of the Young Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong. He has won a number of awards, including 2022 Tencent Xplorer Prize, 2022 HKBOC Science and Technology Innovation Prize, Shandong Natural Science Second Prize, 2022 and 2020 Top 10 Research Progress on Semiconductors in China, HKUST SENG Young Investigator Award, Outstanding Research Award, etc. His research interest is focused on functional nanomaterials and structures for electronic, optoelectronic and bionic electronic devices. Till date, he has published over 250 peer reviewed papers in Nature, Nature Photonics, Nature Electronics, Nature Materials, Science Robotics, etc., with citations >28,000, H index 89. He also has over 31 Chinese and US patents.


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