The research reputation of the School is built upon the strengths of its faculty members, who are renowned experts in multiple fields of science working in world-class research facilities.

Our Faculty has propelled the School to the forefront of innovative science and established internationally recognized research institutes and centers here at HKUST. 

They have an excellent track record of securing external funding, most notably the General Research Fund, Collaborative Research Fund, Area of Excellence Scheme, and Theme-based Research Scheme Program of the Research Grants Council as well as the Innovation and Technology Fund. 

Individual faculty members have received awards and honors for their research achievements and have been appointed as editors and members of editorial boards. Their research is continually published in top-tier scientific journals. 

Neuroscience
The brain is the most complex organ, comprising billions of neurons and glial cells. Neurons store and transmit information via synapses, and form neural circuits that change continuously throughout life.
Materials Chemistry
Materials chemistry provides the intellectual foundation to understand and develop new forms of matter with cutting-edge technology which brings a wide range of scientific and societal impacts. It is one of the major research focuses in the Department of Chemistry.
Scientific Computing and Data Science
Scientific computing involves the development of reliable, accurate and efficient computational algorithms. Data science stresses the development of tools designed to find trends within datasets.
Wave Functional Materials
Metamaterials and photonic crystals are designed structures with properties and material parameters that go beyond those given by natural or composite materials. They are used as a platform to study non-Hermitian and topological physics.
Ocean Science and Technology
OCES specializes research topics ranging from microbial and plankton ecology in the coastal waters of Hong Kong, marine biotechnology (bioactive compounds), marine molecular ecology, ocean circulation and biogeochemical cycling.