YEUNG, Wai-Kwok Kelvin

Ph.D., M.Phil., B.Sc. (Hons), MHKIE


Deputy Director of Shenzhen Key Laboratory for Innovative Technology in Orthopaedic Trauma
The University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Hospital

Deputy Master
Lap-Chee College, The University of Hong Kong

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ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0887-088X

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Professor Kelvin Yeung is passionate in orthopaedic biomaterial research for about 20 years. His major research areas cover from the development of orthopaedic biomaterials, 3D bio-printing as well as musculoskeletal tissue engineering. He trained as materials scientist in his bachelor degree and then orthopaedic scientist in HKU Medical Faculty for his master degree and PhD, respectively. He is currently tenured associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, The University of Hong Kong. His h-index is 46 with more than 6,800 citations. He has also been ranked as the World’s Top 1% Scientists in the field of biomaterials by Clarivate Analytics’s Essential Science Indicators (ESI) since 2014. In addition to his more than 230 peer-reviewed SCI journal papers published and 38 filed full patents in various countries, he has co-founded a start-up company so as to translate their research findings to clinical use. Furthermore, he has been invited to be the consultants of few medical device and biomaterials incorporations.

During these years, he had received numbers of award and scholarship from local and regional competitions such as Young Scientist Award 2005 and Young Engineer Award 2009, respectively. The total amount of grants and sponsorships directly arising from his projects in PI and Co-PI capacity has been over HK$68M. Additionally, he has supervised 8 PhD and 11 MPhil students since 2006. Furthermore, he obtained 19 prizes and awards from local and international competitions and conferences. Kelvin has also become an active member and actively served different executive positions in local and international academic bodies. Apart from these professional positions, he has been appointed as Deputy Master of HKU Lap-Chee College so as to oversee the student education programs there. He has also participated himself into the executive positions in alumni bodies and patient benefit groups.

Research interests

  • Scoliosis and surgical correction for spinal deformities
  • Bone fracture management by biomaterial approach
  • Implant-related osteomyelitis
  • Musculoskeletal tissue engineering
  • 3D bioprinting
  • Orthopaedic implant design and translation research
  • Shape memory alloys for biomedical use
  • Orthopaedic biodegradable materials
  • Surface treatments of biomaterials

Representative publications

Selected 10 publications: Journal publications up to 23th Mar 2020: Number of peer-reviewed SCI journal papers:237; Number of conference abstracts:260; Number of granted/filed patents:38; h-index:52 with 8,542 total citations (Google Scholar) and 46 with 6,833 total citations (Scopus); World’s Top 1% of Scientists in Essential Science Indicators (ESI) (2014-2019 consecutively)

(Five most representative publications in recent five years)

  1. Zhengjie Lin, Ying Zhao*, Paul K. Chu, Luning Wang, Haobo Pan, Yufeng Zheng, Shuilin Wu, Xuanyong Liu, Kenneth M. C. Cheung, Takman Wong, Kelvin W.K. Yeung*. A functionalized TiO2/Mg2TiO4 nano-layer on biodegradable magnesium implant enables superior bone-implant integration and bacterial disinfection. Biomaterials, Vol.219, pp.119372, 1 Oct 2019. (Citations: 2; IF:10.273 top 1 out of 32 in the field)
  2. Jinhua Li, Wei Liu, Xianlong Zhang*, Paul K. Chu *, Kenneth M. C. Cheung, Kelvin W. K. Yeung*. Temperature-responsive tungsten doped vanadium dioxide thin film starves bacteria to death. Materials Today, Vol.22, pp.35-49, February 2019. (Citations: 3; IF:24.372 top 7 out of 293 in the field)
  3. Wei Liu, Jinhua Li, Mengqi Cheng, Qiaojie Wang, Kelvin W. K. Yeung*, Paul K. Chu* and Xinquan Jiang*. Zinc-Modified Sulfonated Polyetheretherketone Surface with Immunomodulatory Function for Guiding Cell Fate and Bone Regeneration. Advanced Science, 5(10), Article number 1800749, October 2018. (Citations: 6; IF:15.804 top 14 out of 293 in the field)
  4. Zhengjie Lin, Jun Wu, Wei Qiao, Ying Zhao, Karen H. M. Wong, Paul K. Chu, Liming Bian, Shuilin Wu, Yufeng Zheng, Kenneth M. C. Cheung, Frankie Leung, Kelvin W.K. Yeung*. Precisely controlled delivery of magnesium ions thru sponge-like monodisperse PLGA/nano-MgO-alginate core-shell microsphere device to enable in-situ bone regeneration. Biomaterials, vol.174, pp.1-16, May 2018. (Citations: 22; IF:10.273 top 1 out of 32 in the field)
  5. Jinhua Li, Jin Wen, Bin Li, Wan Li, Wei Qiao, Jie Shen, Weihong Jin, Xinquan Jiang*, Kelvin W. K. Yeung*, and Paul K. Chu*. Valence State Manipulation of Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles on Titanium Surface for Modulating Cell Fate and Bone Formation. Advanced Science, 5(2), Article number 1700678, February 2018. (Citations: 12; IF:15.804 top 14 out of 293 in the field)

(Five representative publications beyond the recent five-year period)

  1. Shuilin Wu, Xiangmei Liu, Kelvin W.K. Yeung*, Changsheng Liu, Xianjin Yang. Biomimetic Porous Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering. Materials Science and Engineering R: Reports, vol. 80, pp.1–36, June 2014. (Citations: 450; IF:22.250 top 9 out of 293 in the field)
  2. Zhao, J. M. Ibrahim, W. K. Li, G. Wu, C. Wang, Y.F. Zheng, K. W. K. Yeung*, and P. K. Chu*. Enhanced antimicrobial properties, cytocompatibility, and corrosion resistance of plasma-modified biodegradable magnesium alloys. Acta Biomaterialia, Vol.10(1), pp.544–556, January 2014. (Citations: 114; IF:6.638 top 3 out of 32 in the field)
  3. M. Wong#, Y. Zhao#, V. Tam, S. L. Wu, P. K. Chu, Y. F. Zheng, M. K. T. To, Frankie K.L. Leung, K. D. K. Luk, K. M. C. Cheung, and K. W. K. Yeung*. In vivo Stimulation of Bone Formation by Aluminum and Oxygen Plasma Surface-Modified Magnesium Implants. Biomaterials, vol. 34(38), pp.9863-76, 2013. (Citations: 64; IF:10.273 top 1 out of 32 in the field)
  4. Zhao#, H. M. Wong#, W. H. Wang, P. H. Li, Z. S. Xu, E. Chong, S. M. Wong, C. H. Yan, K. W. K. Yeung*, and P. K. Chu*. Cytocompatibility, Osseointegration, and Bioactivity of 3-Dimensional Porous and Nanostructured Network on Polyetheretherketone. Biomaterials, Vol. 34(37), pp. 9264-77, 2013. (Citations: 151; IF:10.273 top 1 out of 32 in the field)
  5. HM Wong#, KWK Yeung#, KO Lam, V Tam, PK Chu, KDK Luk, KMC Cheung. A Biodegradable Polymer-Based Coating To Control The Performance Of Magnesium Alloy Orthopaedic Implants. Biomaterials, Vol.31(8):2084-209, March 2010. (Citations: 455; IF:10.273 top 1 out of 32 in the field)

(*These authors equally shared corresponding authorship and # shared the 1st authorship)