Introduction
Founded in 1956, Hong Kong Baptist University is currently a government-funded institution of higher learning offering a diverse undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. At present, about 11,000 students are studying in various degree programmes offered under seven academy/faculties/schools: Arts, Business, Chinese Medicine, Communication, Science and Social Sciences and Visual Arts. The Science Faculty is composed of five departments: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics.



Undergraduate and Post Graduate Programme  
The Department of Chemistry comprises of 22 full-time faculty members supporting five academic programmes.  We are strongly committed to excellence in teaching and research.  We offer two undergraduate programmes in Chemistry as well as in Analytical and Testing Sciences (ATS), leading to a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree.  The multidisciplinary Analytical and Testing Sciences programme, which took in its first student cohort in 2013, is designed to provide professional training in chemical testing, certification and quality assurance of manufacturing products as well as in the monitoring of the environment, food sources, drugs and consumer products to meet the demands in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta region.  Currently, we have an enrollment of about 175 students majoring in these two programmes.
 
We also offer a postgraduate (by research) programme leading variably to an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. degree in various areas of basic and applied chemistry.  At present, we have an enrollment of 56 research postgraduate students.  The Department has been offering a taught MSc degree programme in Analytical Chemistry since 1992, which is currently offered in both part-time and full-time modes with annual student intakes of 35-50. This programme is aimed at providing advanced training for working professionals in the field of chemical analysis and related areas.  Many of our graduates have assumed key positions in commercial and public analytical laboratories. In September 2013, a new taught MSc programme in Food Analysis and Food Safety Management co-offered by the Departments of Biology and Chemistry was launched.  The objective of this programme is to provide knowledge and training to a diverse group of personnel working in food industries, government regulatory and research agencies, as well as organisations involved in food sourcing and processing in Hong Kong, Mainland China and other nearby countries. The programme is also operated in both part-time and full-time modes.
Facility  
The Department of Chemistry is housed in the top two floors of the Cha Chi-Ming Science Tower (Levels 12 and13).  The Department is equipped with a broad range of modern chemical instrumentations for teaching and research.  Some major equipment include two High-Field Superconducting NMR Spectrometers (400 MHz), one EPR Spectrometer, a Luminescence Lifetime Spectrometer, several FT-IR and FT-Raman Spectrometers, two Liquid Chromatograph-Tandem Mass Spectrometers (LC-MS/MS), five Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometers (GC-MS), a Circular Dichroism (CD) Spectrophotometer with Circularly-Polarized Luminescence (CPL) Detector, a Single-Crystal X-Ray Diffractometer with CCD Detector, an X-Ray Photoelectron and Auger Electron Spectrometer (XPS-AES), an X-Ray Powder Diffractometer, a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), a Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatograph (GCxGC), several Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) with Laser-Induced Fluorescence (LIF) and Photodiode-Array Detectors, and a host of HPLC’s and GC’s to support teaching and research.  A detailed list of all major equipment can be found at the end of this profile.  The Department also operates an Environmental Monitoring Station, a Chemical Testing Service and a Science Consultancy Service for the local industries.  
Workshop and International Conferences  
In recent years, we have organized the following International Symposia and Local Workshops, viz.,

  • The 16th Symposium on Chemistry Postgraduate Research in Hong Kong was held on 18 April 2009.
  • Eight identical half-day training courses on "Professional Development Programme on Microscale Chemistry Experiments" for secondary school teachers, jointly organized by the Education Bureau, were conducted between June 2008 and May 2009.
  • Symposium on The Progress and Challenge of Effectiveness Evaluation of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Under the Stockholm Convention Article 16 on Effectiveness Evaluation in Asia-Pacific Region, organized by United Nation Environmental Program and Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, Feb. 27, 2009.
  • Workshop of First Worldwide Intercalibration Study on POPs - Asia Region", organized by United Nation Environmental Program and Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, 26-28 February 2010.
  • Eight identical half-day training courses on "Professional Development Programme on Implementation of Microscale Chemistry Experiments" for secondary school teachers, jointly organized by the Education Bureau, were conducted between December 2009 and June 2010.
  • 2011 Symposium on Emerging Environmental Monitoring Technology, organized by Research Center of Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS and Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, March 24-26, 2011.
  • NSFC Symposium on Analytical Techniques for the Research of Life Sciences: The Challenge and Opportunity, Hong Kong, May 19-23, 2011.
  • 2011 Workshop on Emerging Persistent Organic Pollutants, organized by Research Center of Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS and Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, June 23-26, 2011.
  • "Credit-bearing multi-disciplinary Course in Science: Boundless Adventure in Science - A Warm-up Tour" March - June 2011 commissioned by the Hong Kong Academy of Gifted Education, a 40-hr Course for gifted students.
  • "Chemist in Laboratory", July 26 - August 18, 2011 commissioned by the Hong Kong Academy of Gifted Education, a 24-h program for the 40 gifted students.
  • "Credit-bearing multi-disciplinary Science Course: Better Living Through Science and Technology" July - August 2012 commissioned by the Hong Kong Academy of Gifted Education, a 40-hr course for local gifted students.
  • “HKBU-PolyU Joint Workshop on Frontiers in Chemistry”, HKBU, April 11, 2013.
  • “Chemist in Laboratory III: Chemistry Connections with Daily Life”, July 15-31, 2013, a 24-hour Gifted Education Programme commissioned by the Hong Kong Academy of Gifted Education.
  • “2014 Mainland-Hong Kong Workshop of Environmental Sciences”, organized by Hong Kong Baptist University and Research Center of Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS, Hong Kong, Feb.14-15, 2014.
  • “The 1st Joint Workshop of Environment and Food Sciences”, organized by HKBU and HKBU-UIC, Zhuhai, May 23-24, 2014.
  • “Chemist in Laboratory III”, July 23, 2014 – August 8, 2014, a 24-hour Gifted Education Programme commissioned by the Hong Kong Academy of Gifted Education. 
  • “Development of Teaching Kit on Chemical Testing for New Senior Secondary Curriculum”, May 2015 – August 2016, commissioned by Innovation and Technology Commission.
  • “2015 Workshop of Environmental Chemistry”, organized by HKBU’s State Key Laboratory of Environmental and Biological Analysis (SKLEBA), SKLECE, CAS, and HKBU-RCEES Joint Institute of Environmental Science, Hong Kong, March 3, 2015.
  • The 22nd Symposium on Chemistry Postgraduate Research in Hong Kong, April 18, 2015.
  • “International Symposium on Cutting Edge Molecules for Biological Materials and Imaging Applications”, organized by HKBU and PolyU, Hong Kong, April 23-24 2015.
  • “Chemist in Laboratory III”, July 20, 2015 – August 5, 2015, a 24-hour Gifted Education Programme commissioned by the Hong Kong Academy of Gifted Education.
  • “The 11th International Symposium on Persistent Toxic Substances” organized by CityU’s State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution (SKLMP), CityU’s Department of Biology and Chemistry, the State Key Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology (SKLECE), Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES), Chinese Academy of Sciences, and HKBU’s State Key Laboratory of Environmental and Biological Analysis (SKLEBA), Hong Kong, Oct 27-30, 2015.
  • “Chemist in Laboratory III”, July 27, 2016 – August 12, 2016, a 24-hour Gifted Education Programme commissioned by the Hong Kong Academy of Gifted Education.
  • “Workshop of Environmental and Biological Analysis”, organized by HKBU’s State Key Laboratory of Environmental and Biological Analysis (SKLEBA), Hong Kong, January 8, 2016.
  • “2016 Workshop of Environmental Chemistry”, organized by HKBU’s State Key Laboratory of Environmental and Biological Analysis (SKLEBA), SKLECE, CAS, and HKBU-RCEES Joint Institute of Environmental Science, Hong Kong, April 1, 2016.