CUSA1061 Innovative Chemistry STEM Programme: Chemistry in Fighting Diseases

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Programme Introduction / 活動簡介 Programme Objectives / 課程目標 Date and Time
Bad Weather Arrangement COVID-19 Situation Arrangement Medium of Instruction
Venue Organizing Unit Teachers
Programme Contents Enrollment Quota Credit
Tuition Fee Application Procedure Application Deadline



Programme Introduction

Humans have been fighting infectious diseases throughout history. Chemistry has played an important role in disease control and prevention. Chemical reagents are prepared to destroy bacteria and viruses, while functional materials are developed to prevent the transmission of pathogens.

In this programme, students will learn how chemistry can be applied to disease control and prevention. In the morning, students will attend lectures on theories and chemical instrumentation for disinfectants and protective medical equipment. Students will also learn the most advanced technologies in disinfection and sterilization. Equipped with the specific scientific knowledge from the lectures, students will make use of what they have learnt to perform exciting experiments in the afternoon. The experiments include to prepare hand gel sanitizers and analyse their performance, to prepare bleach solution using electrochemical approach, and to design and fabricate personal protective equipment.

Learning should not be confined to classrooms. In addition to STEM education, students are going to have a glimpse into our chemistry curriculum and CUHK. Admission talk, laboratory tour, campus tour and CUHK treasure hunt will be arranged for students to make the programme more fruitful and enjoyable.





我們深明學習不應局限於課室內,因此除了 STEM 教育外,也為同學預備了一系列課外活動, 如入學講座、實驗室參觀、校園遊及中大定向,務求增加同學對化學系課程及中大的認識,也令他們有更充實和愉快的活動學習體驗。


Programme Objectives

After attending the programme, students are expected to:

  1. obtain concrete chemical knowledge of disease control and prevention
  2. gain hands-on experience on preparing anti-microbial agents by utilizing the knowledge gained
  3. gain hands-on experience on handling and analyzing data of anti-microbial agents
  4. gain hands-on experience on designing and fabricating protective medical equipment by utilizing the knowledge gained
  5. have a comprehensive understanding of chemical instrumentation for anti-microbial agents
  6. know more about the Chemistry curriculum of CUHK
  7. have a touch of knowledge of CUHK



  1. 獲取疾病管制與預防的相關化學知識
  2. 了解如何運用課堂知識設計及製作抗菌劑
  3. 處理及分析抗菌劑的數據
  4. 懂得如何運用課堂知識設計及製作醫療保護裝備
  5. 獲取利用儀器分析抗菌劑的相關知識
  6. 認識中大化學系課程
  7. 對中大有更多認識


Date and Time

12 – 15 July 2021   :      9:30 am – 4:30 pm

16 July 2021            :      9:30 am – 4:30 pm (Make-up class)


Bad Weather Arrangement

In case of cancellation of class during 12 – 15 July 2021 due to bad weather or other reasons, make- up class will be arranged on 16 July 2021, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.


COVID-19 Situation Arrangement

In case of any worsening pandemic situation, or any restriction of HKSAR government / University policy concerning summer courses, this course might be cancelled with a full refund to applicants.


Medium of Instruction

Cantonese supplemented with English



The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Organizing Unit

Department of Chemistry, CUHK



Prof. NGAI To (Department of Chemistry, CUHK)

Dr. CHAN Ka-long Donald (Department of Chemistry, CUHK)

Dr. HAU Chun-kit Sam (Department of Chemistry, CUHK)


Programme Contents

12 July 2021 (Monday)


 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Opening Ceremony


  • What kind of masks are used to prevent COVID-19 transmission?
  • How can masks prevent the transmission of COVID-19?
  • What are the materials for making masks for the coronavirus disease?
  • How can we synthesize the polymeric materials for making masks?
  • Can masks (e.g., N95) be reused after disinfection? How many times?
  • Future outlooks and challenges

Understanding Chemistry Department

  • Laboratory visit

Group Activity

  • Campus tour and CUHK treasure hunt
13 July 2021 (Tuesday)


 9:30 am – 4:30 pm


  • What is electrochemistry?
  • Electrochemistry and industrial production of chemical products
    1. How the bleach solutions can be made
  • Introduction to sterilization
    1. Structure of the bacteria and virus
    2. Mechanism behind


  • Analysis of protective medical equipment
  • Design and fabrication of protective medical equipment
14 July 2021 (Wednesday)


 9:30 am – 4:30 pm


  • Chemical instrumentation of anti-microbial agents
    1. Ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis)
    2. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
    3. Gas chromatography (GC) and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • Drinking water quality and water treatment


  • Electrochemical preparation of bleach solutions
15 July 2021 (Thursday)


 9:30 am – 4:30 pm


  • Advanced oxidation processes
  • Self-cleaning and anti-microbial coatings
    1. Metallic and polymeric coatings
    2. Nanomaterials in coatings
    3. Fabrication, characterization and application of coatings


  • Preparation and testing of hand gel sanitizers

Understanding Chemistry Department

  • Admission talk

Closing Ceremony

16 July 2021  (Friday)


 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Make-up class


Enrollment Quota

30 students who will be in S5 or S6 in 2021/22



A certificate of attendance will be awarded to students who attain at least 75% attendance.


Tuition Fee

HKD 3,500


Application Procedure

Students should complete the online enrollment form


Application Deadline

31 May 2021 (Monday)