Croucher Foundation News

Building bridges to deeper machine learning 5 October 2021

Speeding up the performance of computers used in machine learning is important for many data-driven applications including advanced drone navigation, self-driving cars and credit card fraud detection.

Croucher Fellow awarded IEEE medal 29 July 2021

Professor Raymond Yeung Wai-ho has received the IEEE 2021 Richard W Hamming Medal for his contributions to network communication and pioneering development of the BATS code.

Teaching students to tell the stories of science 17 July 2021

Over some 20 years as an inspirational science teacher and, later, as panel head of the Science Research Department at Maryknoll Fathers’ School in Hong Kong, To Yuen-man has developed an impressive track record as an effective science educator.

From environmental communication to action 18 June 2021

During the second year of Smriti Safaya's Master of Philosophy degree in Earth Science at the University of Hong Kong, while researching earthquakes in central Tibet, she had, if not a eureka moment, certainly one that changed the direction of her life.

2D perovskite discovery delivers greater LED efficiency 4 June 2021

A research team led by Chair Professor Andrey Rogach at City University of Hong Kong has created a new type of 2D perovskite material that improves the efficiency of perovskite nanocrystals, boosting the brightness of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) using this material.

Croucher Ecology Issue Four: Climate Change 31 May 2021

For the final issue of Croucher Ecology we are examining the impact of climate change on the ecology and biodiversity of Hong Kong.

Biohybrid microrobots add novel enabling technology for minimally invasive procedure 25 May 2021

Several key challenges exist for medical microrobots to navigate inside a human body, including multi-functionality and safety, adaptivity in a dynamic physiological environment with biological barriers, and real-time imaging and control.

Repulsion, not attraction, found to be the force in metal-metal interaction 20 May 2021

Chemists have resolved a long-standing fundamental problem in the field of metal-metal closed-shell interaction.

Making a story of psychology 18 May 2021

Dr Suzanne So was the first clinical psychologist in HK to offer early assessment for young people with psychosis.

Hong Kong scientists uncover key protein in strengthening cerebrospinal fluid barrier 13 May 2021

A team of researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), led by Associate Professor Kwan Kin-ming (Croucher Scholarship 1991), has solved a mystery concerning the human brain and spinal cord that lays the groundwork for developing novel therapeutic strategies for preventing and treating neurodevelopmental disorders, including some COVID-19 complications.Our brain and spinal cord are...

Diving into life before birth 20 April 2021

From probing the mysteries of a sunken submarine aircraft carrier, resting upright more than 30 metres under the waters off the coast of Plymouth, UK, to attempting to apply machine learning for estimating the age of a fetus in the womb, Lok Hin Lee seeks the challenge of the new.

Welcome Class of 2020 11 December 2020

24 outstanding young scientists have been awarded the 2020 Croucher Scholarships and Fellowships.

Croucher Innovation Awards 2020 and Senior Research Fellowships 2021 11 December 2020

The Croucher Foundation has presented Croucher Innovation Awards 2020, Croucher Senior Research Fellowships 2021 and Croucher Senior Medical Research Fellowships 2021 to six distinguished scholars from local universities for their excellent scientific research achievements.

Flow chemist enhances drug synthesis to assist medical treatments 2 December 2020

Many people imagine chemists as goggle-adorned scientists swirling round-bottom flasks. However, this is not the case with Dr Wai Chung Fu and his chemistry lab, where he is pioneering the use of automated robotic technology.

Novel imaging technology sheds light on deep brain interactions 25 November 2020

A new imaging technology – adaptive optics two-photon endomicroscopy that enables in vivo imaging of deep brain structures at high resolution

Setting AI to work for the good of human health 17 November 2020

In science fiction, machines are often a force for evil: invading, conquering, and killing. But at BenevolentAI in London, Dr Ngai Yi Mok and his colleagues are harnessing the power of machines for good, using AI in their efforts to counter diseases through drug discovery and development.

Croucher engineer develops miniaturised organic semiconductor for flexible electronics 11 November 2020

Be it foldable phones or bendable televisions, electronics manufacturers see enormous potential market appeal in “flexible electronics”.

Croucher engineers shine in Guanghua Engineering Science and Technology Prize 27 October 2020

Two Croucher scholars have been named as awardees of the 13th Guanghua Engineering Science and Technology Prize by the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

When time began: mapping the earliest moments of our universe 21 October 2020

Dr Sam Wong's research extends from the smallest known particles in existence to the massive system they have created: our entire universe.

Wang Yao honoured by American Physical Society 16 October 2020

Professor Wang Yao (Croucher Senior Research Fellowship 2020, Innovation Award 2013), Chair Professor of Physics, University of Hong Kong, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his contributions to the advancement of the field.The American Physical Society was founded in 1899, with a mission to advance and diffuse knowledge of physics through journal publications, scien...