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Professor YEUNG, Yau Yuen (楊友源教授)

Professor YEUNG, Yau Yuen (楊友源教授)

Adjunct Professor, Department of Science and Environmental Studies


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Research Output

Area(s) of Expertise:

  • Computational science (atomic Physics, condensed matter, learning theory)
  • Science education (physics education, nature of science, peer assessment, attitudes towards science)
  • Social network analysis in education
  • Information and communications technology in education (web-based learning, ICT-mediated experiments; open-source software, virtual reality & 3D visualisation)

Professor Yeung Yau-yuen is a multidisciplinary scholar in two distinct academic disciplines, namely science and education. As a scientist, his research areas have been mainly related to the atomic spectroscopy of transition metal and rare earth elements, computational science and materials science. As a teacher educator, he actively conducts research in various fields of information technology and science education. The foci of his current research interest include energy technology in nanomaterials and glasses, crystal field theory, molecular dynamics simulation, science education, technology-enhanced learning and social network analysis in education.


Professor Yeung is also a visiting professor at the Sichuan Normal University (Chengdu, China) and has been an adjunct professor in the East China Normal University (Shanghai, China) during 2008-2011. In 2001-2002, he was the Head/Acting Head in the Department of Science. Professor Yeung has been serving as the supervisor and external examiner for a number of PhD candidates over the last few years. He served as the Secretary and Council Member of the Asia-Pacific EPR/ESR Society during 1997-2004 and then was conferred with the Distinguished Service Award. He is a senior member of The Association for Computing Machinery (New York, USA) since 2007.

Over the last 20 years, Professor Yeung has been leading or participating in about 60 funded projects in research, teaching development, knowledge transfer and consultancy work with more than 170 pieces of academic publications or output, including over 70 refereed journal papers, 50 presentations in local or international conferences and over 40 book/monograph chapters, professional articles/reports, or computer software etc. In addition to teaching and research, he has been extensively promoting public understanding of science, technology and environment to the young children, teenagers, adults, corporates and elderly through founding the open-access journal called Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching (ISSN 1609-4913) of which he has been the Chief Editor for 12 years and actively serving in various government and NGO committees, functions (including being invited speaker for delivering talks, seminars and workshops) or competition activities (as advisor, judge, adjudicator and/or mentor). Besides, he has served as vice chair, chair or executive chairperson in organising a number of international conferences.