Croucher Foundation News

Enhancing the electron highway for solar-to-hydrogen power 26 January 2023

Catalysts that use light to split water and produce hydrogen fuel can be made more efficient by manipulating their electrons, bringing the promise of green hydrogen closer to reality. This discovery may open up a new line of thinking in the future design of photocatalysis.

Small molecule’s big potential for restoring vision 16 January 2023

New therapeutic approach offers hope for patients with optic nerve damage.

Reward and punishment systems in coral-algae relationship 15 January 2023

The complex dynamics of resource-sharing symbiosis in the reef environment.

Ecological risks of microplastics are far worse than previously thought 12 January 2023

The co-occurrence of organic chemicals magnifies their ecotoxicological effects.

Rise of the aquabots 12 January 2023

A novel class of ultrasoft water-soluble robots can adapt their shape to navigate through narrow vascular channels. Their ability to grip and transport objects may have potential applications, such as medical micromanipulation, targeted cargo delivery, and biomimetics. 

Converting temperature fluctuations into clean energy  11 January 2023

Efficient pyro-catalytic reaction advances towards greater practical application.

New therapeutic target for irritable bowel syndrome 4 January 2023

Human gut bacterium Ruminococcus gnavus found as a major trigger factor.

Fish fins inspire soft material 30 December 2022

Researchers have developed new technology which breaks through  limitations on bending soft materials.

Food heritage: recovering Hong Kong’s rice varieties 22 December 2022

Old local staples return to dinner tables through genetic technology.

Insights on flight origins and how winged dinosaurs lived 21 December 2022

Analysis of fossils reveal lifestyles of flyers from the Early Cretaceous.

Record-breaking efficiency for organic photovoltaics achieved 20 December 2022

Performance suggests future organic photovoltaics may reach their full promise.

Microbial teamwork: bacteria observed creating ‘canals’  15 December 2022

Bacteria can build channel networks for delivery of materials across long distances.

Mechanism found to boost axon regeneration in the nervous system 11 December 2022

A phosphatase-coding gene may be the key to prompting axons to regrow. 

T-cell protein, a step forward in liver cancer immunotherapy 9 December 2022

Researchers at the University of Hong Kong reveal why a molecular mechanism in immune checkpoint blockade therapy has been unsuccessful against hepatocellular carcinoma while also locating a novel target in the fight against liver cancer.