Keynote Speaker (1)

Dr. Kwun Nam Hui

Institute of Applied Physics and Materials Engineering

University of Macau

Introduction of Dr. Kwun Nam HUI

Dr. Kwun Nam HUI is currently an Associate Professor at the Institute of Applied Physics and Materials Engineering, University of Macau, Macau SAR, China. Before this, he was Associate Professor at Pusan National University, Republic of Korea. His current research focuses on the synthesis of hierarchical carbon/graphene materials as well as on the development of 3D hierarchical layered double hydroxide materials as advanced electrode materials for energy storage and conversion applications. He has published more than 150 journal articles with a citation of over 3400 times and an h-index of 37.

Topic: Nanomaterials for energy storage devices

With the rapid development of electronic technology, wearable and flexible devices such as roll-up displays, biomedical sensors, and wearable devices, have drawn considerable attention. Developing high energy density flexible supercapacitors hold the promise to provide a safe, fast charge/discharge rate, and long-life flexible energy storage devices. However, the intrinsically poor electrical conductivity and an insufficient number of electrochemically active sites of transition-metal oxides hamper their wide application in energy storage devices. Accordingly, hybridizing pseudocapacitive metal oxide materials with carbon-based materials such as CNT and graphene has become an appealing strategy in increasing the specific capacitance and energy density of film electrodes for flexible supercapacitors. In this talk, the speaker will present his recent work in the development and application of nanomaterials for flexible supercapacitors. Several strategies, including the morphology control, core/shell architecture, and defect engineering, will be discussed to improve the electron transports, electrolyte ions diffusion kinetics, and electrical conductivity of electrodes. In particular, the heteroatoms doping approach is demonstrated to lower the diffusion barrier of electrolyte ions in intercalated supercapacitors. Experimental analyses and theoretical calculations reveal that the electronic structure of metal oxides can be efficiently modulated by incorporating heteroatoms and oxygen vacancies, thereby simultaneously reducing the energy band gap and increasing electrical conductivity.

2019 Keynote Address (2)

Joseph Lau (MSc, BSc, FSTLA, CMILT, Member of Institute of Seatransport)

Lecturer and Assistant Programme Leader (AD in Logistics and Supply Chain Management)

Introduction of Mr. Joseph

Mr Lau Yui Yip, Joseph graduated from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and received a BSc (Hons) in International Shipping and Transport Logistics in 2007. He was placed on the Dean List because of his outstanding academic performance during his bachelor degree studies. He received his Master of Science in International Shipping and Transport Logistics from PolyU in 2009.

Until now, Mr Lau has published more than 130 research papers in international journals and professional magazines, and contributed book, book chapters and presented numerous papers in international conferences. He has collaborated with scholars from more than 20 countries and regions spreading over five continents on research projects. He has also secured over HK$ 5.7 million research grants. Recently, he has been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Institute of Seatransport in recognition of his outstanding performance on research, the Best Paper Award in international leading conferences and Dean Award for Outstanding Research-Scholarly Performance by College of Professional and Continuing Education, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In addition, he has participated in different consultancy projects with various (inter-)governmental organisations, academic institutions and industrial associations, e.g. Trade and Industry Department, China Communications & Transport Association (CCTA), The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the Institute of Seatransport, Hong Kong Sea Transport and Logistics Association (HKSTLA), and PolyU. In addition, he has been appointed as Associate, University of Manitoba, Transport Institute, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Visiting Scholar at East China Normal University; Researcher at Constanta Maritime University. His
research interests are Transport History, Maritime Transport, Air Transport, Port Planning, Supply Chain Management, Green Transport, Maritime Law, Public Transport, Maritime Education and Human Geography.

Topic: Higher Education in a Transdisciplinary World – Hong Kong Case

Hong Kong higher education stemmed from the late 19th century. Hong Kong has undergone different waves of educational reform in response to the transition of political sovereignty, the alignment with international higher education development, the knowledge economy, societal developments, accountability and globalization. Prior 1st July 1997, Hong Kong was under a colony of the British Empire. To this end, the higher education system was then completely based on the English model. Thanks to globalization, Hong Kong higher education institutions introduced neo-liberal market model. Through marketization and privatization concept, Hong Kong higher education institutions fundamentally changed education policy and governance in higher education sector. Consequently, regional education hub, self-financing tertiary education and quality assurance system arise in a transdisciplinary world. The study provides important insights to educators to explore the ways in developing effective adaptation plans and practice for higher education institutions and other sectors. Academic and managerial implications of the study are also given.