Dr Cher Hon Lau

Senior Lecturer



+44(0)131 6507813


1.190 Fleeming Jenkin

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Chemical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Materials and Processes

Research Theme: 

  • Carbon Capture and Separation Processes
  • Materials Design, Processing and Characterisation
Dr Cher Hon Lau
Dr Cher Hon Lau


My group is interested in using materials science to achieve solutions that find applications in chemical engineering, particularly in separations. 

We specialize in the design and synthesis of porous frameworks using cost-effective commercial materials.  These nanomaterials are used for applications including hydrocarbon purification, energy storage, alcohol recovery and dehydration, and water purification.  These materials can be deployed as adsorbents or as additives in polymer membranes.

Moving into a new era of membranes, we also use nanotechnology to fabricate elegant membrane structures to achieve ultrafast molecular separations that require minimal driving forces during operation.

Our aim is to see deployment of our membranes in the real-world.  The research underpinning this thrust is scale-up production of materials including polymers and additives.  We devise new techniques that are suitable for producing cutting-edge materials from the University of Edinburgh and our international collaborators.

Academic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Nanotechnology (2nd Upper Class)
  • Ph. D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Research Interests: 

  • High Throughput Production of Networked Polymers and Other Materials
  • Ultrafast Molecular Sieving for Water Purification
  • Nanostructures from Porous Frameworks


  • Polymer membrane separations
  • Nanotechnology 
  • Scale-up production and application of porous frameworks
  • Polymer characterisation