Funded Projects

Research Grants*

*In Hong Kong, the cost of a Research Assistant is ~HK$180,000/year. Prof. Li has also received financial investments from the private sector to startup companies at the Hong Kong Science Park.  These private sector funds are not listed here.

  •  Principal Investigator, NSFC/RGC Joint Research Scheme: “Programmable and Integrated Fabrication of Nano-material Devices by Optically-Induced Force Field”, Project Number: N_CityU132/14, HK$HK$852,950, Jan 2015-Dec 2018.
  • Principal Investigator, Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Fund — University-Industry Collaboration Programme (Matching Grant for Joint Research Scheme): “A Pen-sized Biocompatible MEMS Atomizer for Aromatherapy and Wellbeing Applications”,  Project Number: UM/263 (9440121), HK$1,283,365 (HK$640,550 from ITC; HK$641,700 from private company), Nov 2014-Oct 2016. 
  • Principle Investigator, Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Fund (Tier 3): “Green Motion Sensors: Graphene-based Eco-Friendly Micro Accelerometers”, Hong Kong Innovation Technology Fund (ITS/143/13), HK$968,300 (ITC) +$50,000 (Sengital Ltd.), Dec 2013 to May 2015. 
  • Principle Investigator, Hong Kong General Research Fund (RGC): “Rapid Separation of B-Lymphoma and Red Blood Cells by Optically-Induced Electrokinetics”, HK$860,000 (CityU Project Code: 118513), Jan 1 2014 to Dec 31, 2015. 
  • Principle Investigator, Shenzhen Knowledge Innovation Plan (Basic Research), Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Committee: “Optical Microrobot for High-throughput Cancer and Stem Cells Identification and Characterization” (用于高通量肿瘤和干细胞鉴别与特征分析的光学微机器人), RMB$100,000, Sept 2014 – Aug 2015. 
  • Principle Investigator (Hong Kong side), Guangdong Province International Science and Technology Cooperation Project, Guangdong Province Science and Technology Agency (2012年广东省对外合作项目), “ 基于MEMS的科普体验设备动作感知交互系统关键技术研究”, RMB$300,000 (CityU received RMB$150,000 from this project).
  • Principal Investigator, CAS-Croucher Funding Scheme for Joint Laboratories: “Bio-manipulation and Bio-marking by Optically-induced Electrokinetics”, Project Number: 9500011, HK$1,000,000, 2012-2015.
  • Principal Investigator, Hong Kong General Research Fund (RGC): “Automated Fabrication of Bio-Polymer Structures by Optically-Induced Dielectrophoresis”, Project Number: CityU 116912, HK$ 905,425, 2012-2014.
  • Principal Investigator, Hong Kong ASTRI Research Contract: “3D Human Gesture Tracking based on Micro-IMU and Vision Sensor Fusion” (Project Number: 9211037), HK$260,000, 2012.
  • Principal Investigator, CityU IR2F Fund: “A Ubiquitous 3D Input System based on μIMU-Vision Fusion Technology” (Project Number: 9666011), HK$370,000, 2012-2013.
  • Principal Investigator, Hong Kong ASTRI Research Contract: “Motion Sensor MMI (Man Machine Interface) Technology”, 2008-2010, Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (project code: ARD/038), HK$336,375.
  • Project Coordinator/Principal Investigator, Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Fund: “Development of MEMS-based uIMU for Life-Saving Applications”, HK$2.433Million, (GHP/029/06), 2007-2009.
  • Principal Investigator, Chinese National 863 Plan Project: “面向微纳制造的DEP自动化装配技术研究” (Automated Micro/Nano Manufacturing Based on DEP Assembly), (Project Ref. No.: 2007AA04Z317), RMB$850,000, 2007-2009.
  • Principal Investigator, Hong Kong RGC Grant: “Fabrication of CMOS-Integrated Carbon Nanotube Sensors by DEP and Nano-Spotting Technologies”, HK$1,204,500, (Project code: 413906), 2006 to 2009.
  • Principal Investigator, Nation Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Grant: “Theoretical Investigation of DEP-based Manipulation of Micro and Nano Particles”, RMB$270,000; project number: 60675060, 2007-2009 (“基于介电泳的微/纳米粒子并行操纵基础理论方法研究”, 国家自然科学基金; 项目号:60675060).
  • Project Coordinator/PI of the Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Fund:  “Development of Ultra-Low-Power Alcohol Vapor Sensors Based on Functionalized CNT Sensing Elements (ITS/027/06), HK$1,021,700, 01/09/2006 to 31/08/2007.
  • Principal Investigator, Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Fund: “A Ubiquitous Digital Writing Instrument Using MEMS Motion Sensing Technology”, HK$3.766Million, Dec 01, 2004 to Nov 30, 2006.
  • Principal Investigator, Shun Hing Institute of Advanced Engineering grant for “Systematic Synthesis of Bio-Nano-Informatics Chips”, HK$1,284,000, April 01, 2005 to March 31, 2007.
  • Principal Investigator, Consultancy Project:”Development of Automated Bio Reaction/Detection and DNA Spotting Systems”, HKDNA Chips Limited, (Project Code 7000472), HK$323,940, 2003 to 2004.
  • Principal Investigator, Hong Kong RGC Grant: “Fabrication of Carbon Nanotube Sensor Arrays Using Robotic Micro-injection and Di-electrophoretic Manipulation”, HK$413,980, 2004 to 2006 (CUHK4177/04E).
  • Principal Investigator, Hong Kong RGC Grant: “Nano-Fixture Enabled Robotic Assembly of Nanodevices”, HK$749,329, PC: 2150343, 2003 to 2006 (CUHK 4225/03).
  • Principal Investigator, The Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Distinguished Oversea Scholar Grant: “Micro and Nano Manipulations Science and Technology”, RMB$2,000,000, 2003-2005.
  • Principal Investigator, Chinese National 863 Plan project: “Polymer-Based MEMS Devices for Cellular Manipulation and Sensing”, (Project Ref. No.: 2002AA431620), RMB$500,000, 2002-2004.
  • Principal Investigator, Hong Kong RGC Grant: “A Force and Impact Sensing System for Robotic Micro-assembly”, $806,404, CUHK 4381/02, 2002 to 2005.
  • Project Coordinator/Principal Investigator, Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Fund: “Eco-safe Human-motion-powered MEMS Energy Generator for Mobile Electronic Devices”, Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Fund (ITS/185/01), HK$2,500,000, 2002 to 2004.
  • Principal Investigator, National High Technology Research and Development Plan (863 Plan): “An Automated Desk-top Fabrication System for Low-cost Manufacturing of Integrated Micro-fluidic and Nano-fluidic Lab-on-Chips” (低成本集成微纳流体芯片实验室的自动装配系统的研究; Project Ref. No.:  2001AA422320), , RMB$800,000, 2002 to 2004, (in collaboration with Prof. G. C. Shi’s group at Beijing Institute of Technology).
  • Principal Investigator, Hong Kong RGC Earmarked Grant: “Integrated Micromechanical Switches for Adaptive Fractal Antenna Arrays”,  CUHK 4215/01E, HK$653,237, 2001 to 2004.
  • Principal Investigator, Hong Kong Information Technology Entrepreneurs Program Grant: “Wireless Network Micro Sensors”, 6900916, HK$268,400, 1999 to 2001.
  • Principal Investigator, Hong Kong RGC Grant: “Micromachined Nafion Actuators for Tactile-display Systems”, CUHK 4206/00E, HK$501,817, 2000 to 2002.
  • Principal Investigator, “A MEMS Vibration Electric Power Generator”, CUHK 4416/99E, 2150201, HK$451,000, 1999 to 2001.
  • Received the State Key Laboratories Visiting Scholars Grant from Chongqing University, China to work on Micro Power Generation Devices for Space Systems, RMB$100,000 (1999-2000).

Prof. Li also served as a co-investigator for the following projects

  • “Measurement of Single Cell Mass based on Transient Motion by Dynamic Dielectrophoretic Field”, Hong Kong General Research Fund (RGC Grant), HK$692,521, Jan 2015-Dec 2017, (PI is Dr. ZHANG Guanglie, CityU).
  • “Investigating Optically-induced Hydrodynamic Instability for Fabricating Cancer Cell Capture and Release Platforms”, Hong Kong General Research Fund (RGC Grant), HK$650,000, Jan 2015-Dec 2017, (PI is Dr. John D. H. Mai, CityU).
  • “ODEP Biochip Development for Cancer Cells Screening and Efficacy Testing”, Shenzhen Key Technologies Development Funding of Nanshan District, , funding applied: RMB$2,000,000, Guanglie ZHANG (PI) and Wen Jung LI (Co-I).
  • “Ultra-high Resolution Electron-Beam Lithography System”, sponsored by CUHK Matching Fund during the period 2008-09-01 to 2011-06-30 for the sum of HK$2,587,500.00
  • “Ultra-high Resolution Electron-Beam Lithography System”, sponsored by University Grants Committee – Special Equipment Grant during the period 2008-09-01 to 2011-06-30 for the sum of HKD 7,762,500.00
  • “Development of a Myoelectric Stimulation Device for Ankle Sprain Correction in a Sprain-Free Running Shoe”, sponsored by Innovation and Technology Support Programme during the period 2008-10-01 to 2010-03-31 for the sum of HK$999,936.
  • “Development of an Ankle Sprain Identification and Alarm System with an In-shoe Sensor System in a Sprain-free Running Shoe”, sponsored by Innovation and Technology Support Programme during the period 2007-11-01 to 2009-01-31 for the sum of HK$ 998,117.
  • “Carbon-Nanotube-Measured Wall Shear Stress and Boundary Layer Control Based on Actuator-Generated Surface Oscillation”, sponsored by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, HK$767,625, 2006-009.
  • “Photonics Packaging Lab”, sponsored by the Innovation Technology Commission, HK$11,000,000, 2001 to 2004.
  • “Virtual Reality, Visualization, and Imaging Research”, sponsored by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, HK$3,000,000 (1999-2002).
  • Control of Micro Mirrors for Optical Switching”, AoE in Information Technology Fund, Networks: Phase 1 Project, HK$213,000, 2001 to 2002.