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Roles and responsibilities

Director of Study, 1st year MEng/BEng Chemical Engineering Programmes (Overseas Campuses)

Course Leader for B48BA Process Industries C

Lecturer for B47AB Process Industries B and B49CB Business Awareness, Safety and Sustainability


Dr. Yiu’s research interest focuses on the design and synthesis of multifunctional nanomaterials with applications in biomedicine, environment and catalysis. In particular, magnetic nanoparticles with multifunctional surface have been developed for gene therapy, drug delivery, MRI/fluorescence biomodal imaging for cancer cells, and enzyme immobilization. Other research activities include polymeric materials for antimicrobial uses, nanoporous carbon for energy applications, and nanoplatform for neurosceinces.   


Funded projects:

•              A Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) Sensor System using Molecular Imprinted Polymer-Nanoparticle composites for Ultrasensitive detection of Pharmaceutical Emerging Contaminants in Fresh Water Sources (funded by the Royal Society, 2015-2018)

•              Enzymatic Carbon Capture (funded by Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage programme SCCS, 2013-2016)

•              CO2 utilisation for the synthesis of fine chemicals (funded by the Royal Society, 2013-2014)

•              AMP-Gas consortium (funded by EPSRC, EP/J02077X/1, 2012-2015)

Selected publications

Up-to-date publications are listed on this research profile.


Dr. Yiu joined Heriot-Watt University (UK) as a lecturer in Chemical Engineering in 2010. He received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Hong Kong, his M.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry from University of Salford (UK), and his Ph.D. in heterogeneous catalysis from University of Huddersfield (UK). He also worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of St. Andrews, Keele University, and University of Liverpool.