Oscar K.S. Hui received his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 2008. HKUST ranks #47 in THE world ranking 2020.

He is a reader in mechanical engineering in School of Engineering at UEA. Prior to that, he was a lecturer in the department of systems engineering and engineering management of the City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Aug 2008 - Feb 2013), an Assistant/Associate Professor in the department of mechanical engineering at Hanyang University, South Korea (Mar 2013 – Aug 2016), and a lecturer in mechanical engineering in School of Mathematics, University of East Anglia, UK (Sep 2016 – Jul 2019). 

As PI, he has secured GBP 1.1  million to conduct research projects (GBP 2.4 million as both PI and Co-I). The funding is from General Research Fund of Hong Kong, Innovation and Technology Fund of Hong Kong, National Research Foundation of Korea, The Science and Technology Development Fund of Macau, Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd., Hysan Development Company Ltd., ASA Innovation & Technology Limited, among others.

He has over 18 years of experience in the study of nanostructured catalytic materials for energy and environmental applications and has published work in over 199 SCI papers (WOS: 49; citations: 6074). He has 1 United States (US) patent (US9040007B2) and licensing to 3 companies in Hong Kong.

He has so far supervised 18 PhD and 26 MPhil students, 17 PDRAs and 13 RAs. Many of the ex-members are engineers in the industry and hold faculty positions at Universities in China. He has been maintaining a large consortium to better understand and address the research problems, including partners from international-leading universities:  MIT, UCLA, Uni. of Western, Cambridge, Leeds, Kent, Cardiff, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shandong Uni., Xiamen, Uppsala, Hanyang Uni., among others. 

His recent research projects include (i) theoretical and experimental studies of heterogeneous catalytic reaction kinetics and mechanisms; (ii) rational design and synthesis of single-atom Co/carbon and porous graphene materials for energy storage and conversion; (iii) density functional theory (DFT) calculations of structural and electronic properties of catalysts, modulated by dopants, in electrochemical/electrocatalysis performance; (iv) process modelling and optimisation of methanol steam reforming for hydrogen production; and (v) hybrid sodium-air batteries (HSABs), zinc-air batteries, and solid-state flexible Li/Na-ion batteries.

He has served as

  • a Topic Editor in “Electrolytes for Non-Lithium Based Rechargeable Batteries and Ionic Capacitors”, Frontiers, 2019. link;
  • a Guest Editor in Special Issue "Recent Advance in Porous Materials in Catalysis" in Catalysts (IF 3.520), MDPI, Switzerland, 2020. link;
  • a Guest Editor in Special Issue "Development of Novel Nanomaterials for Metal-Air Batteries" in Nanomaterials (IF 4.324), MDPI, Switzerland, 2021. link;
  • a Section Editor, in Catalytic Materials Section, Catalysts (IF 3.520), MDPI, Switzerland, 2021. link
  • an Associated Editor in Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology Open Access, Medwin Publishers, 2019. link

More information about his research can be found in Energy and Environment Laboratory



  1. Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK. Recognition reference: PR139512; Date of recognition: 18/12/2017 link
  2. Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (PGCERT), HEA, UK, 2017 link
  3. Conscientious supervision of Dr. Luojiang Zhang (Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea), the China Scholarship Council, China, 2017
  4. Plaque of appreciation (24K Fine Gold, 3.75 gram), Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Hanyang University, 2016
  5. HY Get Together Program (organized activities with students from Malaysia, Sweden and South Korea), 2015
  6. Excellent Research Professor, Hanyang University, 2015 (based on the numbers of published SCI papers from 2013-2015; total: 47)
  7. Researcher of the month, Hanyang University, April 2014, “Greener Nano-particles for the Future”
  8. Best Poster Presentation Award, CSE Student Project Exhibition 2011, Microwave-assisted Acid-catalyzed Hydrolysis of Rice Husk into Xylose, CityU, 31 May 2011
  9. Best Paper Award, Finalist, [ICAE 033], International Conference on Applied Energy 2010, Energy Solutions for a Sustainable World, Singapore, 21-23 April 2010
  10. Certificate (among 3 out of 220 participants were awarded), Strategic Teaching Enhancement Programme (STEP 2008-09), Education Development Office, CityU link
  11. The Best Teaching Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, HKUST, Fall Semester, 2005-06
  12. DaimlerChrysler Scholarship, 2003

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