Croucher Foundation News

Professor Dennis Lo receives the Lasker Award 29 September 2022

Professor Dennis Lo FRS (2006 Croucher Senior Medical Research Fellowship), has been announced as a winner of the Lasker–DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award.

Q&A with Professor Tim Cheng on designing better AI computer chips 28 September 2022

Croucher caught up with Professor Tim Cheng to learn more about how ACCESS is revolutionising AI chip design.

Undiscovered ancient Martian lakes could contain critical insights into past climates 27 September 2022

Scientists have shown that Mars contains evidence of ancient lakes that existed billions of years ago.

Making the perfect sound absorbers using metamaterials 26 September 2022

Metamaterials are starting to live up to their promise with customisable sound absorbers making their way from theoretical principles to commercial products.

Investigating evolution in the birthplace of humanity 30 August 2022

A study of fossils in Africa seems to rule out one driver of evolution in mammals – potentially including humans.

Sea urchin’s secret to surviving marine heatwaves 10 August 2022

A research team at The Swire Institute of Marine Science experimentally assessed whether adult sea urchins that are exposed to marine heatwaves could pass beneficial protective mechanisms onto their offspring, thus ensuring the survival of the next generation.

Researchers develop rechargeable alkaline zinc batteries 25 July 2022

A research team at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has developed a new electrode design that gives recharging capabilities to alkaline zinc batteries, one of the most common types of non-rechargeable batteries used.

New low-cost hydrogen fuel cell also most durable to date 6 July 2022

Researchers have developed a more durable and cost-effective hydrogen fuel cell, offering promising applications to green energy.

Q&A with Dr Zhang Rui on advancing local research on soft matter 28 June 2022

Dr Zhang Rui has shown for the first time how liquid crystals could form the basic elements needed for logic operations. Zhang developed this theoretical approach while he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. He joined the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2020. Croucher caught up with Zhang to learn more about the research group he set up here.

Novel chipscope enables label-free monitoring of live cell activities 16 June 2022

The new chipscope allows real-time monitoring of cells inside incubators.

Plant-inspired origami microfluidic device 13 June 2022

Engineers have developed an origami microfluidic device that can respond to changes in the environment.

​​New metabolic route explains liver cancer cell adaptability 10 June 2022

The study shows how liver cancer cells can grow without a sufficient supply of oxygen.

First myriapod genome bank explains divergent evolutionary trajectories 31 May 2022

Biologists have sequenced the genome of nine centipede and millipede species.

New advanced vision sensors emulate human visual adaptability 31 May 2022

Future autonomous vehicles and industrial cameras could have human-like vision.

Researchers identify a new regulator of satiety signals 30 May 2022

The reported enzyme can control weight gain by intervening signalling mechanism.

CUHK joins university climate alliance 26 May 2022

CUHK will collaborate with universities globally to address the challenge of climate change.

Quantum physicists take a cold hard look at atoms 19 May 2022

Dr Jo Gyu-Boong is interested in just how close an atom can get to absolute zero.

Dual-comb photothermal spectroscopy allows for rapid multi-gas detection 18 May 2022

New sensing technique to drastically improve gas sensing technology.

Croucher Scholar reimagines the water droplet 11 May 2022

Professor Anderson Shum is harnessing the physical properties of water droplets.

Robotic slime: a moving, shape-shifting game changer 10 May 2022

A popular child’s toy inspired Dr Li Zhang to create a magnetic slime robot.