The research interests of the members of the MSTRC cover a wide range of materials: elemental and compound semiconductors, exotic ceramics, metal alloys, nanomaterials, organic semiconductors, polymers, and biomaterials. Work is under way on the fundamental properties and on processing, as bulk or as thin films, of single crystals, hetero-epitaxial layers, micro/nano-crystalline materials, amorphous and porous semiconductors. A particular emphasis is the analysis of properties by various forms of spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopy, and ion beam analysis.
As part of a centrally funded Inter-institutional Microelectronics Consortium the CUHK group has been designated a centre of excellence in electronic materials. This provided the basic funding for the establishment of a 2 MeV tandem accelerator which has been operational since 1996, which is the sole one in this kind in South China. Very recently, MSTRC members have secured several special equipment grants supported by University Grants Committee (UGC), one of the major funding agencies in Hong Kong.
Projects under the envelope of the MSTRC involve interdisciplinary collaboration among members of the departments involved.