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Roy Vellaisamy is a Chair Professor of Intelligent Systems and leader of Molecular Electronics (MOLEC) group at the Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU). Prior to HKMU, he was a Professor of Intelligent Systems at the University of Glasgow (UK) where he is currently a Professor Affiliate. In Hong Kong, he held faculty positions at City University of Hong Kong for 11 years (2008 to 2019; Assistant & Associate Professor) and The University of Hong Kong (2005 to 2008; Research Assistant Professor). He holds adjunct positions at UESTC, Chengdu & SZAR (ShenZhen Academy of Robotics), China.  In 2019, he received gold medals for his “Sensor Platform” at the 47th International Exhibition of Inventions (Geneva); iCAN 2022 (Toronto, Canada); He was also a recipient of TRIL-Research Fellow awarded by The International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP, UNESCO institution), Trieste (Italy), Excellent Product Award (2011, 12, 13 & 18) at China Hi-Tech Fair awarded by the PRC's Ministry of Commerce and secured “1000 talent plan” of Zhejiang province (2017). Together with his graduate students, Roy as a founding member, established 3 spin-off companies in HK and UK for the development of point of care diagnostic tools. Roy works closely with industries in UK and Greater Bay Region for the development of intelligent sensors and quantum technologies. 

Research interests

  • Quantum technologies (Terahertz materials and devices)
  • Healthcare Technologies (point of care diagnostics)
  • NET-ZERO (Hydrogen production, Waste heat recovery, Sustainable materials, and environmental remediation)
  • Neuromorphic synaptic devices for next generation computation



Professor of Intelligent Systems, Nov’ 2019 – Feb’ 2023 & Director, Glasgow – UESTC (Chengdu), dual PhD program (2022-2023) – University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

Associate Professor, July 2012 – Nov’2019 (no pay leave between Nov’ 2019 – Aug’ 2022) 

Assistant Professor, Dec’ 2008 – June 2012; 

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, City University of Hong Kong

Honorary Assistant Professor, Dec’2008 – Dec’2010;

Research Assistant Professor, Mar’ 2005 – Dec’ 2008;

Research Associate, July 2004 – Feb’2005;

Department of Chemistry, The University of Hong Kong

TRIL Fellow, June 2003 – July 2004 (ISMN, Council for National Research, Bologna, Italy

Research Assistant, Nov’2002 – June 2003 (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Hong Kong)

Adjunct Professor – UESTC, Chengdu; SZAR (ShenZhen Academy of Robotics) - China

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In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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