Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, Presidential Young Scholar, Assistant Professor

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I am looking for highly motivated and self-disciplined students majoring in Mechanical/Material/Chemical Engineering with Computational Modelling background to join the group. For consideration of PhD studies, please also refer to the document detailing my research project: 


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Research Interests

Fire Modelling, Fire Materials, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Molecular Dynamics, Battery Thermal Management, Pyrolytic Plastic Recovery

I am an Assistant Professor, Presidential Young Scholar at PolyU HK and an Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW Sydney. I was a former Lecturer/Centre Manager for the ARC Training Centre for Fire Retardant Materials and Safety Technologies (Centre link:, UNSW Sydney.  I specialises in computational material science modelling techniques to deliver in-depth characterisations of the atomistic physiochemical behaviours of nanocomposites such as interfacial and surface science reactions between molecules. In addition, he also contributes to the fabrication of novel, bio-inspired and multifunctional nano-architectured composite materials. I am currently aiming to synergise his expertise to formulate a systematic, state-of-art fire assessment platform to effectively and physically described the flaming and degradation processes, thermal/electrical conductivities, charring and self-extinction behaviours of advanced materials. I have been listed as one of the "Top 2% Scientists in the world" by Standford University in 2023. More info can be found at Google Scholar and my personal website

Here is my short academic bio: CV_Yuen_ACY

Career Profile

2023: Assistant Professor, Presidential Young Scholar, Department of Building Environment and Energy Engineering PolyU
2021: Lecturer and Centre Manager, ARC Training Centre for Fire Safety, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, UNSW Sydney
2018: Centre Manager, ARC Training Centre for Fire Safety, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, UNSW Sydney
2015: Research Associate, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, UNSW Sydney

Research and outputs

I research on computational materials synthesis models techniques for novel bio-inspired and advanced multifunctional nanocomposite flame retardants. I develop simulation approaches involving Molecular Dynamics (MD) and computational multiphase fluid dynamics (CMFD) simulations to study the fire retardant mechanims and other material functional properties (i.e. electric, thermal). I have applied my self-written models and kinetics search algorithm codes on a range of topics across fire safety science topics including characterisation/decomposition kinetics for polymer composites, MD on polymer degradation, infrastructure and wildland fire modelling and in-depth realisation of flame retardant mechanisms. Recently, I am formulating a systematic, state-of-art numerical modelling platform to effectively and physically describe the thermal degradation, chemical decomposition, thermal/electrical conductivity, charring and self-extinction behaviours of Advanced Materials (i.e. MXene). Dr Yuen has published >140 journal articles, 1 book chapter and >20 conference papers and have >4,700 total citations. My H-Index is 37 in Google Scholar, 33 in ResearchGate, 30 in Scopus, 27 in Web of Science.


Over the years, I have been teaching mainly computational modelling, thermal fluid and numerical methods related course. Since joining PolyU as a core teaching staff in the Master of Science in Fire and Safety Engineering Program, I have been also involved in a range of fire safety related courses. The following are the courses I have been involved in lecturing/coordinating:

  • BSE531         Computational Fire Modelling for Building Design
  • BSE558         Accident Prevention, Hazard Assessment and Control
  • BSE2215       Fluid Mechanics
  • BSE574         Reserach Methods - FSE
  • BSE6001       Computational Fluid Dynamcis
  • BSE3713       Reserach Methods in Building Services Engineering
  • MECH4620   Computational Fluid Dynamics (at UNSW in 2017-2022)
  • MATH2089   Numerical Methods (at UNSW in 2018-2022)

Significant Research Grants

2023: Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, Richard Kwok Kit Yuen, Eric Wai Ming Lee, MTR Research Funding Scheme (PTU-23019), Coupling Fire and Toxicty Predictions Using CFD-MD Simulations for Enhanced Pedestrian Movement Modelling and Fire Resilience Designs of Metro Stations. (HKD$970K)
2023: Guan Heng Yeoh, Bijan Samali, Hao Wang, Gilian Yeo, Sean Li, Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, et al. (total 31 CIs), ARC Research Hub for Fire Resilience Infrastructure, Assets and Safety Advancements (FRIASA) in Urban, Resources, Energy and Renewables Sectors, 2023. [to be launched] (totalling 4.997 mil)
2022: Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, Guan Heng Yeoh, Innovation Connection 2022, Development of Fire Retardant and Non-Combustible Coatings for Signage (ICG001937 - Cooper Neon Pty Ltd). (totalling AUD$74.7K)
2022: Guan Heng Yeoh, Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, Jaime Grunlan, ARC Discovery Project (DP22), Engineered interlayers of bio-retardant and nano-reinforcement on polymers. (totalling AUD$332K)
2021: Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, Guan Heng Yeoh, Shaun Chan, Wei Wang, Eric Wai Ming Lee, Nadia Chek Lun Chow, UNSW International Seed Grant 2021, Artificial Neural Network Modelling Integrated with Molecular Dynamics Data for Detailed Description of CFD Pyrolytic Process. (totalling AUD$5K)
2021: Guan Heng Yeoh, Shaun Chan, Anthony Chun Yin YuenMME Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme 2021, High-speed camera for next-generation fire retardant/safety technologies and engine combustion research. (totalling AUD$50k)
2020: Guan Heng Yeoh, Anita Ho-Baillie, Chun Wang, Anthony Chun Yin YuenCRC-P Round 8: Solar Skin: Next generation perovskite solar polymer membrane. (totalling AUD$3M)
2020: Guan Heng Yeoh, Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, Shaun Chan, UNSW-SJTU Collaborative Research Seed Grants: Formation and evolution of soot in flames based on laser diagnostics and high-fidelity models. (totalling 10 k)
2019: Victoria Timchenko, Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, Guan Heng Yeoh, Project CONDOR - nsw techvoucher project, CFD Study on Propeller Thrust via Flow and Turbulence Characterisation, funded by ANGLO PACIFIC IMPORT EXPORT PTY LTD. (totally 9 k)
2019: Guan Heng Yeoh, Shaun Chan, Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, Jeremy Fewtrell, Greg Buckley, Graham Kingsland, David O’Brien, Morgan Cook, Kim Thai, CRC for Bushfire and Natural Hazards -  Tactical Research Fund: A strategic analysis of risks associated with non-complying building products. (totalling 100 k)
2018: Guan Heng Yeoh, Chun Wang, Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, Shaun Chan, Cyrille Boyer, Vicki Chen, CRC-P Round 5: Development of an Advanced Fire Retardant for Polymers and Textiles. (totalling 3 mil)
2017: Guan Heng Yeoh, Shaun Chan, Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, Chun Wang, Shuying Wu, UNSW MME Collaborative Research Infrastructure Funding: Micro-scale calorimeter: A powerful tool for next-generation fire retardant materials and safety technologies research. (totalling 50 k)
2017: Guan Heng Yeoh, Chun Wang, Evatt Hawkes, Shaun Kook, Shaun Chan, Shuying Wu, Anthony Chun Yin Yuen, Sahajwalla Veena, Farshid Pahlevani, Vicky Chen, UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme: Advanced automatic interactive cone calorimeter for flammability test of novel bio-inspired fire retardant and green materials and durable coatings. (totalling 330 k)

Editorship and Reviewing experiences

Technology transfer, services to industry and awards:

Dr Yuen is a partner investigator for the National Science Foundation US-funded International Network - iFireNet: An international network of networks for prediction and management of wildland fires (link). In collaboration with the Fire Research Unit of Fire & Rescue, New South Wales, Australia, he contributed my expertise in a fire field model to aid the fire investigation of a tragic fire incident in an aged-care facility causing 14 fatalities. For the first time, in Australia, the numerical results were presented as evidence in court to convict the suspect for the arson fire. He was also involved in the development of the Online Fire Safety Training Tool: E-fire Investigation (http// for firefighters to understand the compartment fire development relating to fire loads. In terms of media exposure, Dr Yuen was interviewed by the Guardian for the topic "Why are Sydney buses still going up in flames and what can be done about it?" My awards are detailed as follows:

  • 2023: World’s Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University 2023
  • 2021: Runner-Up for the AOSFST 2021 Best Presentation Award
  • 2021: Best Papers Award for section “Computational Fluid Dynamics 3” in 15th International ATE-HEFAT 2021 Conference Symposium
  • 2021: Best Papers Award for section “Nuclear Energy” in 15th International ATE-HEFAT 2021 Conference Symposium
  • 2021: Certificate of Appreciation by Natural Hazards CRC Program
  • 2020: First price award for the Makers Game (ENGG3060) Design Project participating as the academic mentor sponsored by Jabobs Engineering on topic Smart Fire Sprinklers
  • 2019: Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Certificate of Acknowledgement for key-note Seminar talk for Fire Engineering Division
  • 2017: Distinguish speaker award for the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Fire Engineering Division
  • 2011: Daikin Scholarship for outstanding performance in Building Design Project
  • 2011: Daikin Scholarship for outstanding performance in Applied Research Project

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (Building Services Engineering), The University of Hong Kong

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of New South Wales

External positions

Adjunct Lecturer, University of New South Wales

9 Jan 20238 Jan 2025


  • QC Physics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Combustion
  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • large eddy simulation
  • TH Building construction
  • Building Fire Safety
  • Fire Modelling
  • Flame Retardants
  • Composite Materials
  • Hybrid Materials


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