- Fellowship in 2003 at BASF Aktiengesellschaft
Prof. NGAI is now a Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Assistant Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Science at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). He obtained his B.Sc. degree with first class honours and Ph.D. in Chemistry from CUHK in 1999 and 2003, respectively. He then pursued his postdoctoral training at BASF in Germany and Minnesota, USA before joining CUHK as a Research Assistant Professor in 2006. His current research interests centre on various areas of surface, colloid science and polymer.
Prof. NGAI is currently the Director cum Chief Scientific Advisor of O-Spheres Limited. The start-up was founded by Prof. NGAI in January 2022 under the support of the Innovation and Technology Commission “Technology Start-up Support Scheme for Universities (TSSSU)” to transfer technologies originated in CUHK into the market. The company is dedicated to providing customised eco-solutions across a broad spectrum for tackling the world’s environmental challenges through sustainability-driven innovation in materials science. Recently, the company has entered the HKSTP Incubation programme to advance productisation and go-to-market opportunities..
His research interests centers on the design of colloidal materials, synthesis of their macromolecular and colloidal building blocks through combination of colloid science, polymer chemistry and soft matter physics. He also focuses on the developing and applying single-particle force and fluorescence microscopy to understand the nanofunctional structures, dynamics and biomolecular interactions.