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  • Physical and Mechanical Testing
  • Materials Testing Standards and Technology
  • Applied Chemistry
  • Statistics


  • PhD in Chemistry, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • MSc in Process Technology & Management, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • BSc in Chemistry, Chinese University of Hong Kong


2016 - Present Faculty of Science and Technology, the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong
2010 - 2015 Research & Development Associate at Eco Environmental Energy Research Institute (Hong Kong Towngas)
2006 - 2010 Research Chemist at Kanata Chemical Technologies Inc, Toronto, Canada
2006 Visiting Fellow at National Research Council Canada – Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technology, Ottawa, Canada
2001 - 2005 Postdoctoral Fellow at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada


  • FIET – Fellow Member and Professional Development Mentor of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, UK
  • MHKIE - Corporate Member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
  • R.P.E. - Registered Professional Engineers of Hong Kong
  • MInstMC - Member of the Institute of Measurement and Control, UK
  • Committee Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Environmentalists
  • CChem, CSci, CEnv, MRSC - Chartered Chemist, Chartered Scientist, Chartered Environmentalist & Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
  • CEng MIChemE - Chartered Chemical Engineer, Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK
  • CEng MEI - Chartered Energy Engineer, Energy Institute, UK
  • CEng MIMMM - Chartered Engineer, Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, UK
  • CEM® Certified Energy Manager - Senior Member of Association of Energy Engineer, US
  • CMVP® Certified Measurement & Verification Professional
  • Chartered Waste Manager (MCIWM) - Chartered Institution of Waste Management, UK
  • CMgr MCMI - Chartered Manager and Mentor of Chartered Management Institute, UK


  • Competence and Commitment Assessor for Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
  • Chartered Engineer Assessor for Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IMMM)
  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering - Wiley
  • Process Safety and Environmental Protection – Elsevier
  • Chemical Engineering Journal - Elsevier
  • ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering - ACS
  • Consultant – Heung Yee Kuk (Committee of the Environmental & Health Committee)
  • Technical Committee Member of the 2nd International Conference on Power and Energy Applications, 27-30 April 2019, Singapore
  • Technical Committee Member of the 3rd International Conference on Smart Grid and Energy, 24-26 April 2020, Busan, South Korea
  • Technical Program Committee Member of the 2020 International Conference on Green Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development 24-25 April 2020, Wuhan, China


  • Materials Testing & Recycling Technology
  • Environmental Testing
  • Biomass Energy
  • Greenhouse Gas: Mitigation & Prevention
  • New Nano-Materials for Energy Applications


  • Hydrogenation catalyst for preparation of alkanes from bio-oil, China Patent No.: CN 104722329, Application No.: CN 2015-10102771 (2015)
  • Non-sulfide catalyst and application in biological oil hydrogenation upgrading thereof, China Patent No.: CN 105749927, Application No.: CN2014-10806281 (2014)
  • Cationic palladium complexes comprising diamino carbene ligands and their use in catalysis, US Patent 20130053566; CA Patent 2796447; WO 2011127579 (2012)
  • Catalytic combustion catalyst containing composite oxide Ce1-x-yZrxPdyOd and preparation method thereof, China Patent No.: CN 103861585, Application No.: CN 2012-10533464 (2012)
  • Method for the production of hydrogen from the dehydrocoupling of ammonia borane, US Patent 9115249 (2015); US Patent 20110104046; CA 2757028; WO 2009137932 (2011)
  • Method for preparing a metal catalyst, US Patent 8716508 (2014); US Patent 20120046479; CA 2740500; WO 2010043027 (2011)
  • Preparation of cationic transition metal catalysts and their use as hydrogenation catalysts, AU 2014221245 (2014); US Patent 20100311975; WO 2009055912; CA 2703671; EP 2215101; IL 205346; IN 2010DN03599 (2010)
  • The generation of hydrogen from ammonia borane through catalytic hydrolysis, United States Patent 8518368 (2013); US 20110070152; WO 2008141439: AU 2008253561; CA 2687536; KR 1555070; EP 2158154; CN 101730656;  JP 5467998: IL 202140: TW I462875: BR 2008012362; EA 23749; IN 2009DN08245 (2010)
  • Polymerization of phosphaalkenes, US Patent US7728091(2010); WO 2004055098; CA 2508979; AU 2003292925 (2004)


UGC/IDS(C)14/B(E)01/19 Development of Renewable Energy for Decarbonizing and Modelling Sustainable Transport and Logistics Operations in Smart Cities of Greater Bay Area, on-going (Co-Principal Investigator). Funded amount: HK$ 3,015,000.
UGC/FDS25/E09/17 Treatment and Catalytic Upgrading of Mixed Oil Wastes and Wood/Paper Wastes to Transportation Fuels in Hong Kong, on-going (Principal Investigator) Funded amount: HK$ 1,040,000
SG1617105 (THEi Seed Grant) Bio-renewable Vehicular Fuels from Wood Waste in Hong Kong – a Novel Catalytic System, completed (Principal Investigator). Funded amount: HK$ 100,000
SG1617127 (THEi Seed Grant) Design and Synthesis of Luminescent Metal Complexes as Chemosensors for Environmental and Food Safety Monitoring, completed (Principal Investigator) Funded amount: HK$ 100,000
Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China Ten Thousand People's Scheme – Student exchange program with Shenzhen Polytechnic on Replacement of Single Use Batteries with Renewable Energy-powered Batteries, on-going (Co-Investigator). Funded amount: RMB 70,840.


  • Tsang, C.-W.*; Lu, X.-Y.; King, A.P.-Y.; Chu, W.-K.; Li, C.; Jin, S.; Guan, W.; Liang, C.; Wang, C. “Wood Waste Valorization - Sustainable Conversion of Lignin-Derived Model Compounds by Ni-Based Nano-Catalysts”, ACS Symposium on Energy Materials, Sept 2017, Dalian, China.
  • Chu, W.-K.; Lu, X.-Y.; King, A.P.-Y.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Li, C.; Jin, S.; Guan, W.; Liang, C. “Sustainable Biomass Conversion: Synthesis of Ni-Nb Nanocatalysts for Conversion of Lignin Model Compounds”, ACS Symposium on Energy Materials, Sept 2017, Dalian, China.
  • Lu, X.-Y.; Wang, B.; Chu, W.-K.; Tsang, C.-W. “Synthesis of Novel Cobalt-Materials for High Performance Lithium Ion Batteries”, Joint NSFC-RSC Symposium on Sustainable Chemistry and Processes, 4-5 Nov 2017, Beijing, China.
  • Lau, W. K.; Ho, K. M. K.; Lam, T. Y. M.; Chan, H. C. K.; Ma, T.; Wu, W. K. D.; Tsang, C.-W. “Age Composition and Survival of Public Housing Stock in Hong Kong”, School of the Build Environment International Research Conference 2017: Shaping Tomorrow’s Built Environment.
  • Tsang, C.-W.*; Chu, K.-K. Gary; Wang, Y.; Chau, Y. C.; Lu, X.-Y.; Wang, B.; Wang, B. “Carbon Footprint Analysis at the Operation Phase in a Student Residential Hall in Hong Kong” International Conference on Smart Grid and Energy, 7-9 Apr 2018, Hong Kong, China.
  • Lu, X.-Y.; Lin, X.; Mak, T.; Tang, Y.; Wang, B.; Tsang, C.-W.; Mao, Y. “Organic Acid Leaching of Lithium and Cobalt from Spent Lithium-Ion Batteries and Regeneration with Hydrothermal Synthesis” 3rd Green & Sustainable Chemistry Conference, 13-16 May 2018, Berlin, Germany.
  • Guan, W.; Li, C.; Chen, X.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Lu, X.-Y.; Liang, C. “Ni-Based Catalyst for the Conversion of Lignin-Derived Model Compound into Fuel Components” The 11th National Conference for the Environmental Catalysis and Environmental Materials, 20-23 July 2018, Shenyang, China.
  • Tsang, C.-W.*; Chu, K.-K. Gary; Fu, S.-W. Raymond; Lau, W.K.; Yip, K.Y.; Sung, T.-Y.; Wong, K.-C. “Forecasting the life Cycle Costing of a Biofuel Production Plant in Hong Kong” The 11th Advances in Power System Control, Operation and Management, 12-14 November 2018, IET International Conference, Hong Kong.
  • Fu, S.-W. Raymond; Tsang, C.-W.*; King, A.P.-Y.; Chow, H.-F.; Tsang, K.-Y.; Cheung, M.-T. “The Policy and Implementation of the Feed-In Tariff Scheme for Solar Power System in Hong Kong” The 11th Advances in Power System Control, Operation and Management, 12-14 November 2018, IET International Conference, Hong Kong.
  • Fu, S.-W. Raymond; Tsang, C.-W.*; Chu, K.-K. Gary; Pang, T.-C.; Wong, W.-F. “Prediction of Future Materials, Maintenance and Waste Recovery Costs on Photovoltaics Solar Panels” The 11th Advances in Power System Control, Operation and Management, 12-14 November 2018, IET International Conference, Hong Kong.
  • Tsang, C.-W.*; Liang, C.; Yan, D.Y.S. Keynote Speech on “Catalytic Hydrodeoxygenation of Lignin Derived Model Compounds for Fuel and Chemical Productions” Southeast Asia Catalysis Conference 2019, 23-24 May 2019, Singapore Catalysis Society, Singapore.
  • Ho, S.-K.; Chu, K.-K.; Tsang, C.-W.* “Energy efficiency improvement of water pump system using balanced wave technology at a petrochemical production plant” Applied Education, Technology and Innovation Conference (AETI) 16-18 Apr 2019, THEi, Hong Kong.


  • Guan, W.; Chua, S.-Y.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Chen, X.; Lin, C.S.K.; Fu, S.-W.; Hu, H.; Liang, C. “Economic Feasibility of a Gasoline Production Plant from Lignocellulosic Feedstocks”, BMC Chemical Engineering 2019, under revision.
  • Chan, M.H.E.; Chu, K.-K.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Chow, H.-F.; Ho, C.K.D.; Ho, S.-K. “Improving the Energy Efficiency of Petrochemical Plant Operations: A Case Study using Balanced Wave Optimizer”, Energies 2019, under revision.
  • Guan, W.; Tsang, C.-W.; Lin, C.S.K.; Len, C.; Hu, H.; Liang, C. “High Catalytic Efficiency of Solid Acid Catalysts for Lignin Valorization”, Bioresource Technology 2019, under revision.
  • Li, C.; Chao, C.; Wu, X.; Tsang, C.-W.; Mou, J.; Bai, Z.; Yan, J.; Liu, Y.; Lin, C.S.K. “Recent Advancement in Lignin Biorefinery: with Special Focus on Enzymatic Degradation and Valorization” Bioresource Technology 2019, 291, 121898.
  • Li, C.; Zhang, X.; Chen, X.; Peng, Z.; Tsang, C.-W.; Liang, C. “NiMoAl catalysts derived from heptamolybdate-intercalated layered double hydroxides for hydrodeoxygenation of Anisole” BMC Chemical Engineering 2019, 1(14).
  • Chen, X.; Guan, W.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Hu, H.; Liang, C. “Lignin Valorizations with Ni Catalysts for Renewable Chemicals and Fuels Productions” Catalysts 2019, 9(6), 488. doi: 10.3390/catal9060488.
  • Guan, W.; Li, C.; Chen, X.; Lu, X.-Y.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Hu, H.; Qi, H.; Liang, C. “Tuning the Acidity of Pt/CNTs Catalysts for Hydrodeoxygenation of Diphenyl Ether” Journal of Visualized Experiments 2019, (150), e59870, doi:10.3791/59870.
  • Wang, B.; Wang, S.; Tang, Y.; Tsang, C.-W.; Dai, J.; Leung, M.K.H.; Lu, X.-Y. “Micro/nanostructured MnCo2O4.5 anodes with high reversible capacity and excellent rate capability for next generation lithium-ion batteries”, Applied Energy 2019, 252, 113452.
  • Guan, W.; Chen, X.; Li, C.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Zhang, J.; Hu, H.; Liang, C. “Nb(Ta)-based solid acid modified Pt/CNTs catalysts for hydrodeoxygenation of lignin-derived compounds”, Molecular Catalysis 2019, 467, 61-69.
  • Wang, B.; Tsang, C.-W.; Li, K.H.; Tang, Y.; Mao, Y.; Lu, X.-Y. “Synthesis of Sea Urchin-Like NiCo2O4 via Charge-Driven Self-Assembly Strategy for High Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries”, Nanoscale Research letters 2019, 14:6.
  • Wang, N.-X.; Lu, X.-Y.; Tsang, Y.F.; Mao, Y.; Tsang, C.-W.; Au Yeung, V. “A comprehensive review of anaerobic digestion of organic solid wastes in relation to microbial community and enhancement process” Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 2018 doi: 10.1002/jsfa.9315.
  • Chen, Y.; Wang, L.; Zhang, M.; Tsang, C.-W.; Liang C. “Synthesis and Characterization of Iron-Substituted ZSM-23 Zeolite Catalysts with Highly Selective n-Hexadecane Hydroisomerization”, Industrial Engineering and Chemistry Research 2018, 57(41), 13721-13730.
  • Tsang, C.-W.*; Chu, K.-K. Gary; Wang, Y.; Chau, Y. C.; Lu, X.-Y.; Wang, B.; Wang, B. “Carbon Footprint Analysis at the Operation Phase in a Student Residential Hall in Hong Kong”, IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Sciences 2018, 168, 012037.
  • Li, C.; He, B.; Yu, L.; Tsang, C.-W.; Liang, C. “Glycerol Hydrogenolysis to n-Propanol over Zr-Al Composite Oxide Supported Pt Catalysts”, Chinese Journal of Catalysis 2018, 39, 1121-1128.
  • Wang, B.; Lu, X.-Y.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Wang, Y.; Au, W. K.; Guo, H. “Charge-Driven Self-Assembly Synthesis of Straw-Sheaf-Like Co3O4 with Superior Cyclability and Rate Capability for Lithium-Ion Batteries” Chemical Engineering Journal 2018, 338, 278-286.
  • Li, C.; Jin, S.; Guan, W.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Chu, W.-K.; Lau, W. K.; Liang, C. “Chemical Precipitation Method for the Synthesis of Nb2O5 Modified Bulk Nickel Catalysts with High Specific Surface Area” Journal of Visualized Experiments 2018, 132, e56987.
  • Zhu, W.; Jin, J.; Chen, X.; Li, C.; Wang, T.; Tsang, C.-W.; Liang, C. “Enhanced Activity and stability of La-doped CeO2 Monolithic Catalysts for Lean-oxygen Methane Combustion” Environmental Science and Pollution Research 2017, doi:10.1007/s11356-017-0934-x.
  • Guan, W.; Chen, X.; Jin, S.; Li, C.; Tsang, C.-W.; Liang, C. “Highly stable Nb2O5-Al2O3 composite as solid Lewis acid supported Pt catalyst for upgrading of diphenyl ether” Industrial Engineering and Chemistry Research 2017, 56(47), 14034-14042.
  • Jin, S.; Guan, W.; Tsang, C.-W.*; Yan, D.Y.S.; Chan, C.-Y.; Liang, C. “Enhanced hydroconversion of lignin-derived oxygen-containing compounds over bulk nickel catalysts though Nb2O5 modification” Catalysis Letters 2017, 147(8), 2215-2224.
  • Jin, S.; Chen, X.; Li, C.; Tsang, C.-W.; Lafaye, G.; Liang, C. “Hydrodeoxygenation of Lignin-derived diaryl ethers to aromatics and alkanes using Nickel on Zr-doped niobium phosphate” ChemistrySelect 2016, 1, 4949-4956.
  • Zhang, M.; Li, C.; Chen, Y.; Tsang, C.-W.; Zhang, Q.; Liang, C. “Hydroisomerization of hexadecane over platinum supported on EU-1/ZSM-48 intergrowth zeolite catalysts” Catalysis Science & Technology 2016, 6, 8016-8023.
  • Zhang, M.; Chen, Y.; Wang, L.; Tsang, C.-W.; Zhang, Q.; Liang, C. “Shape Selectivity in Hexadecane to iso-Hexadecane over 10-Ring Zeolites: ZSM-22, ZSM-23, ZSM-35 and ZSM-48” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016, 55(55), 6069-6078.
  • Jin, J.; Li, C, Tsang, C.-W.; Xu, B.; Liang, C. “Catalytic Combustion of Methane over Pt-Ce Oxides under Scarce Oxygen Condition” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016, 55(8), 2293-2301.
  • Jin, J.; Li, C, Tsang, C.-W.; Xu, B.; Liang, C. “Catalytic Combustion of Methane over Pd/Ce-Zr Oxides Washcoated Monolithic Catalysts under Oxygen-lean Conditions” RSC Advance 2015, 5, 102147-102156.
  • Jin, J.; Tsang, C.-W.; Xu, B.; Liang, C. “Solid-state Method toward PdO-CeO2 Coated Monolith Catalysts for Oxygen Elimination under Excess Methane” Catalysis Letters 2014, 144(12), 2052-2064.
  • Tsang, C.-W.; Chen, X.; Guo, R.; Jia, W.; Lu, S.-M.; Ewart, C.B.; Sui-Seng, C., Amoroso, D.; Abdur-Rashid, K. “Quaternized Aminophosphines – A Stable and Convenient Entry to Valuable Catalysts” Chemistry Today 2010, 28, XVIII – XXII.
  • Graham, T. W.; Tsang, C.-W.; Chen, X.; Guo, R.; Jia, W.; Lu, S.-M.; Sui-Seng, C.; Ewart, C. B.; Lough, A.; Amoroso, D.; Abdur-Rashid, K. “Catalytic Solvolysis of Ammonia Borane” Angewandte Chemie International Edition English 2010, 49, 8708-8711.
  • Guo, R.; Lu, S.-M.; Chen, X.; Tsang, C.-W.; Jia, W.; Sui-Seng, C.; Amoroso, D.; Abdur-Rashid, K. “Synthesis of Chiral Aminophosphines from Chiral Aminoalcohols via Cyclic Sulfamidates” Journal of Organic Chemistry 2010, 75(3), 937-940.
  • Amoroso, D.; Graham, T. W.; Guo, R.; Tsang, C.-W.; Abdur-Rashid, K. “Aminophosphine Catalysts in Modern Asymmetric Synthesis” Aldrichimica Acta 2008, 41, 15-26.
  • Yam, M.; Chong, J. H.; Tsang, C.-W.; Patrick, B. O.; Lam, A. E.; Gates, D. P. “Scope and Limitations of the Base-Catalyzed Phospha-Peterson P=C Bond Forming Reaction“ Inorganic Chemistry 2006, 13, 5225-5234.
  • Tsang, C.-W.; Rohrick, C. A.; Saini, T. S.; Patrick, B. O.; Gates, D. P. “The Destiny of Transient Phosphenium Ions Generated by the Addition of Electrophiles to Phosphalkenes: Intramolecular C-H Activation, Adduct Formation and Linear Oligomerization” Organometallics 2004, 23, 5913-5923.
  • Tsang, C.-W.; Baharloo, B.; Riendl, D.; Yam, M.; Gates, D. P. “Radical Copolymerization of a Phosphaalkene with Styrene: New Functional Hybrid Inorganic-Organic Macromolecules and their Use in Polymer-Supported Catalysis” Angewandte Chemie International Edition English 2004, 43, 5682-5685.
  • Yam, M.; Tsang, C.-W.; Gates, D. P. A “Convenient Synthesis of New Isolable Phosphaalkenes Using the Base-Induced Rearrangement of Secondary Vinylphosphines” Inorganic Chemistry 2004, 43, 3719-3723.
  • Gates, D.P.; Tsang, C,-W.; Wright, V.A.; Yam, M. “New Functional Inorganic Polymers Containing Phosphorus” Macromolecular Symposium 2003, 196, 271-278.
  • Tsang, C.-W.; Yam, M.; Gates. D. P. “The Addition Polymerization of a P=C Bond: A Route to New Phosphine Polymers” Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2003, 125, 1480-1481.
  • Tsang, C.-W.; Yang, Q.; Mak, T. C. W.; Xie, Z. “Synthesis and Crystal Structure of Silver and Argentate Complexes of Mixed Halocarborane Anions” Applied Organometallic Chemistry 2003, 17, 449-452.
  • Tsang, C.-W; Rohrick, C. A.; Saini, T. S.; Patrick, B. O.; Gates, D. P. “Reactions of Electrophiles with the Phosphaalkene Mes*P=CH2: Mechanistic Studies of a Catalytic Intramolecular C-H Bond Activation Reaction” Organometallics 2002, 21, 1008-1010.