Seminar: Innovations along microscaled liquid-liquid interfaces


Tuesday, May 14, 2024 - 15:00 to 16:00


Center Building C209



Innovations along microscaled liquid-liquid interfaces: Research, translation and commercialization in Hong Kong


Event Details:
Date: Tues, May 14, 2024
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: C209 Center Bldg

Coffee and light snacks will be provided



Microscaled droplets have been demonstrated as important platform for analyses that require high precision: For example, droplet-based biotechnologies have revolutionized how genomic analyses and sequencing are performed. The liquid-liquid interfaces between the droplet phase and the continuous phase enable compartmentalization of target components that can range from single molecules to single cells. Liquid-liquid interfaces are ubiquitous in Nature, and can serve as a platform for assembling functional components, such as membranes. In this talk, I will discuss our work in forming and applying microscaled liquid-liquid interfaces. In addition to academic research, I will also introduce our research centre and efforts in building an ecosystem that facilitates translation and commercialization of academic research results. I will also share opportunities available in Hong Kong for collaborating in innovation and technology in general.



About Professor Shum

Prof. Anderson Ho Cheung Shum received his B.S.E. degree, summa cum laude, in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, S.M. and Ph.D. in applied Physics from Harvard University. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a core member in the Biomedical Engineering Programme at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He is currently serving as Associate Vice President (Research and Innovation) at HKU. Previously, he served as an Associate Head (2020-2021) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and an Assistant Dean (2018-2020) in the Faculty of Engineering at HKU.

His research interests include emulsions, biomicrofluidics, biomedical engineering and soft matter. Prof. Shum received HKU Outstanding Researcher Award in 2022, Rising Start Award by Ton Duc Thang University (Vietname), NSFC Excellent Young Scientist Fund (優青(港澳)/优青(港澳)) in 2019, Young Scientists Award in Microsystems and Nanoengineering Summit 2019, Silver Medals in the 46th and 47th International Exhibition of Inventions (Geneva, Switzerland) in 2018 and 2019, IEEE Nanomed New Innovator 2018, HKU Outstanding Young Researcher Award 2016-17, HKU Research Output Prize 2017, the Early Career Award by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong in 2012, Graduate Student Silver Award from the Materials Research Society in Spring 2010, Robert L. Wallace Prize Fellowship from Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in 2006-2007, as well as Notable mention in Art of Competition, Award for Overall Excellence in Chemical Engineering, Proctor & Gamble (P&G) Award for Outstanding Design Project, and Ticona Award for Outstanding Student Thesis from Princeton University in 2005. He was nominated by HK for the 2017 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE Prize).

First in Hong Kong, Prof. Shum has been proudly selected as Global Young Academy Member since 2021. He was also selected to join the Croucher Senior Research as a fellow in 2020, Young Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong as a president in 2021 and founding member in 2018, and the Royal Society of Chemistry as a fellow in 2017. He is a top 1% scholar by Essential Science Indicators in 2018. He serves as an associate editor for Biomicrofluidics (AIP), editorial board member for Scientific Reports (Springer Nature) and an editorial advisory board member for Lab-on-a-Chip (RSC).

Event sponosred by OIST Innovation and the Office of the Provost


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