- Senior Research Fellowship in 2009 at the The University of Hong Kong
- Fellowship in 1992 at the University of Oxford
- Scholarship in 1991 at Birmingham University
Professor Alfonso NGAN Hing Wan is a leading authority on deformation mechanisms of materials. He has performed pioneer work on viscoelastic effects in nanoindentation, and statistical theories for deformation of micro-crystals and materials with random microstructures. He is the only Chinese so far to have received the prestigious Rosenhain Medal of the Institute of Materials , Minerals and Mining, and he holds a Higher Doctorate (DSc) from the University of Birmingham.
Nature and effects of small forces and deformations in synthetic materials, biological and natural systems, chemical reactions, etc., nanomechanics and bio-nanomechanics, fundamentals of crystal plasticity including dislocation-density based modeling of metal deformation, oscillatory stress effects on group behaviour of dislocations, etc.