Chow Cheuk Fai Stephen 周卓輝

  • Fellowship in 2005 at University of Louis Pasteur

Prof Stephen Cheuk-Fai Chow received his BSc (Applied Chemistry, First Class Honours) and PhD from the City University of Hong Kong in 2000 and 2005 respectively. After graduation, he was awarded a Croucher Fellowship at Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS), Strasbourg, France (2005-2007) to do a post-doctorate with Nobel laureate Jean Marie Lehn. Returning to Hong Kong, he continued his studies with Prof Chi-Ming Che (The Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Prof. Michael Hon-Wah Lam at The University of Hong Kong (2007-2009) and The City University of Hong Kong (2009-2010) respectively. 

Prof. Chow joined the Department of Science and Environmental Studies of The Education University of Hong Kong as Assistant Professor in 2010 and became Associate Professor in 2013. Starting from 2014, he has taken up the directorship of the knowledge transfer sub-office at the University. He is now conferred with a Professor title to recognize his leadership and academic excellence over the years. Prof. Chow received The President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Research: (i) Early Career Research Excellence Award and (ii) Research Excellence Award from The Education University of Hong Kong in 2013 and 2016, respectively. He was a Topic Editor (Supramolecular chemistry, 2020-2022), and he is now an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Chemistry (IF 5.545, 2022- now). He was listed as the world's top 2% scientist (Stanford University, 2020, under Organic Chemistry Field). 


Prof Chow Cheuk Fai, Stephen’s research interests lie mainly in developing bimetallic chemosensors and metal-oxo catalysts. Prof Chow has been the Principal Investigator of various successful external research projects in the area of chemical science and environmental education, with total funding of over HK$20 million. He published over 100 international refereed journal papers/ book chapters/ books /conference papers with more than half ranked within the top 10% in the SCI, SSCI, and SJR international databases. Some of his articles are recognized as cover stories in Chemical Science, Chemical Communications, Journal of Material Chemistry, Chemistry-A European Journal, and Analyst. Also, he successfully filed seven patents by using his research in these areas from 2012-2021.

Research Areas    

  1. Supramolecular chemosensors/catalysts for biological, environmental, and food contaminant monitoring.
  2. C-H activation and functionalization (oxidation, halogenation, azidation, etc).
  3. Bimetallic complexes: MD-bridge-MA [MD = Fe(II), Ru(II), Os(II), Re(I); bridge = CN, N3, NCS; MA = Fe(II), Fe(III), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II), Pt(II), and Ln(III)].
  4. Smart materials – molecular imprinting polymers, supramolecular polymers, dynamic polymers.
  5. Plastic wastes environmental education/science.