Kai-Chung Lau obtained his B.S. degree from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (1997) and his M.Phil. degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (1999) under the supervision of Wai-Kee Li. In 2004, he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Davis, where his advisor was Cheuk-Yiu Ng. Before joining the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) as an assistant professor in 2006, he was a postdoc with Laurie Butler at the University of Chicago. His current research at CityU involves the use of state-of-the-art computational hardware and high-level theoretical methods to solve problems in chemistry, e.g., using ab initio theory to study chemical reactivities and reaction mechanisms of organic and organometallic molecules as well as employing coupled-cluster method to predict thermochemistry of ionic, neutral and reactive radical species. He also has research experience on the photodissociation dynamic study using velocity map imaging technique.
- Computational Thermochemistry
- ab initio Molecular Orbital Studies on the Structures
- Energetics, and Reactivities of Chemical Species
- Theoretical Aspects of Chemical Bondings
- Reaction Mechanisms
- Potential Energy surfaces and Related Properties