Name: YU, Chunfai
Position: Associate Professor, Environmental Science

Academic & Professional Qualifications
  • Ph.D in Environmental Science, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • B.Sc in Chemistry and Biology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Professional Activities
  • Full Member of the International Society on Toxinology (2005- present)
  • Editorial Board Member of the Journal Energy and Environment
Research Areas
  • Toxicological study of natural toxins
  • Synthesis of biotoxins from bacterial cultures
  • Application of biotoxins as novel pharmaceutical drugs
  • Production of biofuels from waste material
  • Green energy exploration
Selected Publications
  • Jiaxin Guo, Zhenchi Li, Lingcheng Su, Yiu-fai Tsang, AK An, Chun-fai Yu. (2018) Optimization of acid pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis on the production of ethanol fuel from waste banana peels. Energy and Environment.
  • Zhuang, X., Wang, Q., Yu, Z., Eremin, S.A., Yu, C.F., Liu, J., Sun, Y., Lei, H. (2014). Antibody production for a rapid fluorescence polarization immunoassay of estrone. Biomedical and Environmental Sciences 27(1), 52-55.
  • Yu, P.H.F. and Yu, C.F. (2013). China Patent (Patent No. ZL 2008 8 0005935.1): Method of biosynthesizing tetrodotoxin. State Intellectual Property Office of PRC (Issued date: 14 August 2013)
  • Su, L., Xiao, Z., Li, S., Zhang, X. and Yu, C.F. (2013). Production of biodiesel from restaurant waste lipids. Proceedings of the International Conference on Solid Waste 2013 – Innovation in Technology and Management, 782 – 783.
  • Yu, P.H.F. Yu, C.F. (2011). United States Patent (Publication No. US 7,977,074): Method of biosynthesizing tetrodotoxin. US Patent & Trademark Office (Publication date: 12 July 2011).
  • Yu, C.H., Yu, C.F., Tam, S., and Yu, P.H.F. (2010). Rapid screening of tetrodotoxin in urine and plasma of patients with puffer fish poisoning by HPLC with creatine correction. Food Additives and Contaminants 27, 89 - 96.
Courses Taught at UIC
  • Principles of Chemistry
  • General Biology and Chemistry Laboratory
  • Environmental Study Laboratory
  • Environmental Health and Toxicology
  • Environmental Nanotechnology
  • Atmospheric Science and Pollution