Academic Staff

K.T. Chau
Professor K.T. Chau
Education: B.Sc. (Eng.), M.Phil., Ph.D. H.K.; C.Eng., F.I.E.E.E., F.I.E.T., F.H.K.I.E.
Email: ktchau@eee.hku.hk
Web: http://www.eee.hku.hk/~ktchau
Tel.: (852) 2859-2704
Office: CB 709
Research Interests

Electric Vehicle Technologies, Renewable Energy Systems, Machines and Drives

Ir Professor K.T. Chau received his B.Sc.(Eng.) degree with First Class Honours, M.Phil. degree, and Ph.D. degree all in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from The University of Hong Kong. He joined the alma mater in 1995, and currently serves as Professor in the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Director of the International Research Centre for Electric Vehicles, and Director of BEng degree in Electrical Engineering.

He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IET, and Fellow of the HKIE. He is elected to Fellow of the IEEE for Contributions to Energy Systems for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles. He has served as chairs and organizing committee members for many international conferences, especially in the area of Electric Vehicles. Currently, he serves as Co-Editor of the Journal of Asian Electric Vehicles, and Editorial Board Member of the IET Electric Power Applications, the International Journal of Vehicle Design, the Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications, and the Progress in Electromagnetics Research. He is also an international consultant for electric vehicle technologies. Professor Chau has published 4 books, 7 book chapters, over 400 refereed technical papers and many industrial reports. His teaching philosophy follows the Confucian classic "Li Ji" – Teaching and learning are mutually motivating.

Professor Chau has received many awards: including the Chang Jiang Chair Professorship by the Ministry of Education, China; the National Overseas Young Researcher Award by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC); the Environmental Excellence in Transportation Award for Education, Training and Public Awareness by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International; the Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning; the University Teaching Fellow Award by The University of Hong Kong; and the Outstanding Young Researcher Award by The University of Hong Kong.

In community service, he has served as Member of the Electrical Safety Advisory Committee for the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, and currently serves as Member of the Accreditation Advisory Board for the Hong Kong Accreditation Service of Innovation and Technology Commission, Member of the Appeal Board Panel under Energy Efficiency (Labelling of Products) Ordinance, Member of the Disciplinary Tribunal Panel under Electricity Ordinance, and Member of the Disciplinary Board Panel under Building Energy Efficiency (Registered Energy Assessors) Regulation.

Selected Publications
Selected Books:
Selected Book Chapters:
  • K.T. Chau
    Electric Motor Drives for Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles. In Electric Vehicles: Technology, Research and Development, ed. G.B. Raines. Nova Science Publishers, December 2009, pp. 1-40.

  • K.T. Chau
    Hybrid Vehicles. In Alternative Fuels for Transportation, ed. A.S. Ramadhas. CRC Press / Taylors and Francis Group, November 2010, pp. 361-391.
Selected Papers:
  • K.T. Chau and C.C. Chan
    “Emerging energy-efficient technologies for hybrid electric vehicles,” (Invited Paper) Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 95, no. 4, April 2007, pp. 821-835.
  • S. Niu, K.T. Chau, J.Z. Jiang and C. Liu
    “Design and control of a new double-stator cup-rotor permanent-magnet machine for wind power generation,” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol. 43, no. 6, June 2007, pp. 2501-2503.

  • K.T. Chau, D. Zhang, J.Z. Jiang, C. Liu and Y.J. Zhang
    “Design of a magnetic-geared outer-rotor permanent-magnet brushless motor for electric vehicles,” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol. 43, no. 6, June 2007, pp. 2504-2506.

  • S. Ye and K.T. Chau
    “Chaoization of DC motors for industrial mixing,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 54, no. 4, August 2007, pp. 2024-2032.

  • Y. Fan and K.T. Chau
    “Design, modeling, and analysis of a brushless doubly fed doubly salient machine for electric vehicles,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 44, no. 3, May-June 2008, pp. 727-734.

  • C. Liu, K.T. Chau, J.Z. Jiang and L. Jian
    “Design of a new outer-rotor permanent magnet hybrid machine for wind power generation,” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol. 44, no. 6, June 2008, pp. 1494-1497.

  • K.T. Chau, C.C. Chan and C. Liu
    “Overview of permanent magnet brushless drives for electric and hybrid electric vehicles,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 55, no. 6, June 2008, pp. 2246-2257.

  • L. Jian, K.T. Chau and J.Z. Jiang
    “A magnetic-geared outer-rotor permanent-magnet brushless machine for wind power generation,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 45, no. 3, May/June 2009, pp. 954-962.

  • C. Yu and K.T. Chau
    “Thermoelectric automotive waste heat energy recovery using maximum power point tracking,” Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 50, No. 6, June 2009, pp. 1506-1512.

  • C. Liu, K.T. Chau and X. Zhang
    “An efficient wind-photovoltaic hybrid generation system using doubly-excited permanent-magnet brushless machine,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 57, no. 3, March 2010, pp. 831-839.

  • L. Jian and K.T. Chau
    “A coaxial magnetic gear with Halbach permanent magnet arrays,” IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, vol. 25, no. 2, June 2010, pp. 319-328.

  • W. Zhao, K.T. Chau, M. Cheng, J. Ji and X. Zhu
    “Remedial brushless AC operation of fault-tolerant doubly-salient permanent-magnet motor drives,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 57, no. 6, June 2010, pp. 2134-2141.

  • J. Li, K.T. Chau, J.Z. Jiang, C. Liu and W. Li
    “A new efficient permanent-magnet vernier machine for wind power generation,” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol. 45, no. 6, June 2010, pp. 1475-1478.

  • C. Liu, K.T. Chau and J.Z. Jiang
    “A permanent-magnet hybrid brushless integrated-starter-generator for hybrid electric vehicles,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 57, no. 12, December 2010, pp.4055-4064.

  • X. Zhang and K.T. Chau
    “An automotive thermoelectric-photovoltaic hybrid energy system using maximum power point tracking,” Energy Conversion and Management, vol. 52, no. 1, January 2011, pp. 641-647.

  • C. Yu and K.T. Chau
    “Design, analysis and control of DC-excited memory motors,” IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, vol. 26, no. 2, June 2011, pp. 479-489.

  • Y. Du, K.T. Chau, M. Cheng, Y. Wang and J. Li
    “A linear doubly-salient HTS machine for wave energy conversion,” IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, vol. 21, no. 3, June 2011, pp. 1109-1113.

  • C. Yu and K.T. Chau
    “Dual-mode operation of DC-excited memory motors under flux regulation,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 47, no. 5, September-October 2011, pp. 2031-2041.

  • W. Li, K.T. Chau and J.Z. Jiang
    “Application of linear magnetic gears for pseudo-direct-drive oceanic wave energy harnessing,” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol. 47, no. 10, October 2011, pp. 2624-2627.

  • D. Wu, K.T. Chau, C. Liu, S. Gao and F. Li
    “Transient stability analysis of SMES for smart grid with vehicle-to-grid operation,” IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, vol. 22, no. 3, June 2012, pp. 5701105:1-5.

  • K.T. Chau
    “Research on electric vehicles: Challenges, opportunities and emerging technologies,” (Invited Paper) Studies in Science and Technology, vol. 1, no. 1, June 2012, pp. 13-24.

  • K.T. Chau, W. Li and C.H.T. Lee
    “Challenges and opportunities of electric machines for renewable energy,” (Invited Paper) Progress In Electromagnetics Research B, vol. 42, 2012, pp. 45-74.