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Department of Construction Technology and Engineering

Academic Staff


  • Environment, Development & Sustainability
  • Materials Science & Recycling Technology
  • Engineering Statistics
  • Carbon & Energy Management


  • 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


  • CEng MIChemE - Chartered Chemical Engineer, Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK
  • P.Eng (UK) & Fellow Member - Society of Professional Engineers, UK
  • CEM® Certified Energy Manager - Senior Member of Association of Energy Engineer, US
  • CAP - Carbon Auditor Professional - Association of Energy Engineer, US
  • CChem, CSci, CEnv, MRSC - Chartered Chemist, Chartered Scientist, Chartered Environmentalist & Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
  • PMP - Project Management Professional at Project Management Institute, US
  • CBAP - Certified Business Analysis Professional at International Institute of Business Analysis, Canada
  • MEI – Member of the Energy Institute, UK
  • MSEE – Member of the Society of Environmental Engineers, UK


  • 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)


  • Environmental & Recycling Technologies
  • Renewable Biomass Energy
  • Greenhouse Gas: Mitigation & Prevention
  • New Nano-Materials for Energy Applications
  • Downstream Petrochemical Process Intensification


  • 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, Advance Article.
  • Zhang, M.; Chen, Y.; Wang, L.; Tsang, C.-W.; Zhang, Q.; Liang, C. “Shape Selectivity in Hydroisomerization of Hexadecane over Pt-supported on 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” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 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” J. Org. Chem. 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“ Inorg. Chem. 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” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. >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” Inorg. Chem. 2004>, 43, 3719-3723.
  • Gates, D.P.; Tsang, C.-W.; Wright, V.A.; Yam, M. “New Functional Inorganic Polymers Containing Phosphorus” Macromol. Symp. 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” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 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” Appl. Organomet. Chem. 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.
  • Tsang, C.-W.; Yang, Q.; Mak, T. C. W.; Xie, Z. “Synthesis and Structure of Solvated Protons incorporating Weakly Coordinating Anions. Precursors of Superacids” Chinese Journal of Chemistry 2002, 20, 1241-1248. (Paper written in English)
  • Tsang, C.-W.; Xie, Z. “A Novel Synthetic Route to Peralkylated Carborane Anions, 1-H-CB9Me9- and 1-H-CB11R11- (R = Me, Et)” Chem. Commun. 2000, 19, 1839-1840.
  • Tsang, C.-W.; Sun, J.; Xie, Z. “Monomeric and Polymeric Structures of Silver Salts of Cobalt(III) bis(dicarbollide) ions” J. Organomet. Chem. 2000, 613(1), 99-104.
  • Tsang, C.-W.; Yang, Q.; Sze, E. T.-P.; Mak, T. C. W.; Chan, D. T. W.; Xie, Z. “Weakly Coordinating Nature of a Carborane Cage Bearing Different Halogen Atoms. Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Mixed-Halo Icosahedral Carborane Anions, 1-H-CB11Y5X6-Inorg. Chem. 2000, 39, 5851-5858.
  • Tsang, C.-W.; Yang, Q.; Sze, E. T.-P.; Mak, T. C. W.; Chan, D. T. W.; Xie, Z. “Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Highly Chlorinated, Brominated, Iodinated, and Methylated Carborane Anions, 1-H-CB9X9-, 1-NH2-CB9X9- (X = Cl, Br, I), and 1-H-CB9(CH3)9-Inorg. Chem. 2000, 39, 3582-3589.
  • Xie, Z.; Tsang, C.-W.; Xue, F.; Mak, T.C.W. “Synthesis and Structural Characterization of New Weakly Coordinating Anions. Crystal Structure of Ag(1-CH3-CB11H5X6) (X = H, Cl, Br, I)” J. Organomet. Chem. 1999, 577, 197-204.
  • Xie, Z.; Tsang, C.-W.; Sze, E. T.-P.; Yang, Q.; Chan, D. T. W.; Mak, T. C. W. “Highly Chlorinated, Brominated, and Iodinated Icosahedral Carborane Anions. 1-H-CB11X11-, 1-CH3-CB11X11- (X = Cl, Br, I) and 1-Br-CB11Br11-Inorg. Chem. 1998, 37, 6444-6451.
  • Xie, Z.; Tsang, C.-W.; Xue, F.; Mak, T. C. W. “Chlorination of Icosahedral Carborane Anions. X-ray Crystal Structure of [Me3NH][CH3-1-CB11Cl11]” Inorg. Chem. 1997, 36, 2246-2247.