Prof. LAU Denvid (劉特斌)


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Phone: +852 34426829

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Denvid obtained his Bachelor degree with first class honors and Master degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Hong Kong (HKU), and got his second Master degree from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He then received his Ph.D. in the field of structures and materials from MIT in 2012. Prior to joining City University of Hong Kong (CityU) as an assistant professor in August 2012, he worked as a postdoctoral associate at MIT. He is currently a professor at CityU. From January to July 2020, he was a visiting professor at MIT CEE. Denvid got various awards and scholarships during his undergraduate and graduate studies including the Croucher Foundation Scholarship and the Marvin E. Goody Award. He was named as one of the Harvey Fellows in 2011. His research focuses on the multiscale modeling of organic-inorganic system, moisture-induced debonding, durability of concrete-epoxy system and fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in structural rehabilitation. To date, Denvid has attracted over HK$17 million fund in total for research and teaching development. He is currently the editorial board member of several international journals. He has published more than 170 referred journal and conference articles and has delivered more than 40 invited talks, which include plenary and keynote speeches in international conferences. Since 2018, Denvid has been nominated and selected as a Founding Member of the Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences (YASHK). He has received one of The President's Awards from CityU, in recognition of his remarkable academic achievement. In addition, Denvid has received the Certificate of Merit for the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Young Engineer Award 2018 in appreciation of his effort and dedication to the engineering profession, and the Commendation Merit Award - R&D Award of Structural Excellence Award 2018, which is presented by the HKIE (Structural Division). Denvid has been granted the 2020 Outstanding Supervisor Award from CityU in view of his excellent research supervision towards Ph.D. students.  Recently, Denvid has been awarded the 2022 Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Engineering.


  • CA29503: Technical Studies - Design Development
  • CA3144: Engineering Surveying
  • CA3634: Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Structures
  • CA4617: Temporary Works Design
  • CA6246: Fracture Mechanics

Research Interests/Areas

  • Behavior and design of concrete structures
  • Durability of materials
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in structural rehabilitation
  • Interfacial fracture mechanics
  • Molecular dynamics simulations
  • Tree defect detection and repair