- Fellowship in 2018 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Wai Chung received his B.Sc. (honours) in chemistry from Hong Kong Baptist University and earned his PhD at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (with Professor Fuk Yee Kwong). His graduate studies focused on development of phosphine ligands and palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions. Following a Croucher Postdoctoral Fellowship at MIT (with Professor Timothy F. Jamison), he returned to Hong Kong and became a research assistant professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2020. In 2023, He was appointed as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at City University of Hong Kong. His current research interests include synthetic methodologies, and the discovery and application of new chemical reactions in continuous flow.
Here at FU research group, we are using flow chemistry to address synthetic challenges and to create a sustainable future. The core element of our research program is the discovery and application of new organic reactions and catalytic methods under continuous flow conditions. We seek to employ the many attributes of flow chemistry to enable reactions which would otherwise be difficult or improbable to achieve under regular batch conditions. One of our current focuses is the transformation of greenhouse gases into valuable fine chemicals, such as active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), through gas/liquid reactions in continuous flow. Instead of using a round bottom flask in traditional organic synthesis, reaction mixtures in flow are driven through small channels of microreactors. The many attributes of flow, such as efficient heat/mass transfer, limited head space, controlled introduction of gas molecules and many other advantages, are perfect and effective in gas/liquid reactions.