Prof. MAK Wing Cheung Martin
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, CUHK

Area of Expertise: Biosensors and Bioelectronics
Tel: 3943 0809
Location: ERB1114


Dr. Wing Cheung Mak (Martin) received his Docent in Applied Physics at Linköping University (2017), Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering (2004), and B.Sc. degree in Chemistry (2000) both at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. After completing his Ph.D., he started his independent research as a Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore in 2005-2008. During his academic career, he received several international awards from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (FIB) and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) as visiting researcher at the Universität Potsdam and Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany. He is actively involved in transferring academic research to industrial applications. He served as the Assistant Technical Manager at the Nano and Advanced Materials Institute Limited in 2011-2012. He moved to the Linköping University in 2012 leading a research group on biosensor technologies and became an Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer, and Head of the Biosensors and Bioelectronics Unit in 2017. His research activities are focused on biosensors and bioelectronics, advanced transducer materials, wearable, and epidermal biosensors, membrane/paper-based analytical devices. He has a strong interest in advanced material design and innovative fabrication technologies such as printing and additive manufacturing of bioelectrodes, microfluidic biosensors, and organic bioelectronics towards the development of new generation of personalised and wearable biosensors and theranostic devices for the management of metabolic disorders, rapid screening of genetic and immune diseases and fitness monitoring for sustainable health. He has authored over 70 scientific research articles covering the fields of biosensors, bioelectronics, analytical chemistry, materials science, and biomedical engineering. His research achievements are recognised internationally and he led his research team won several prestigious awards at the top international conferences including the Best Paper Award at the World Congress of Biosensors 2018 in Miami and the Poster Award at the IVC-21 conference 2019 in Malmö. He is well connected to the international biosensing academic community and had presented two keynote speeches and several invited talks in leading international biosensor conferences. In Dec 2021, he joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as an Associate Professor.

Professional Education and Training

2017 Docent in Applied Physics, Linköping University
2004 Ph.D. in Bioengineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
2000 B.Sc. in Chemistry, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Research Interest

· Biosensors and Bioelectronics
· Printed Electronics and Organic Bioelectronics
· Wearable and Epidermal Biosensors
· Paper and Membrane-based Analytical Devices
· Printed and Additive Manufacturing of Bioelectrodes and Microfluidic biosensors
· Integrated Therapeutic and Diagnostic Devices
· Transducer Material Sciences and Biomolecular Immobilization Technologies
· Electrochemistry, Bioelectrochemistry and Analytical chemistry


2011 Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) Visiting Scholar at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
2008 Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (FIB) Visiting Scholar at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
2001 Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Visiting Scholar at Universität Potsdam, German

Selected Publications

L. Meng, A.P.F. Turner, W.C. Mak*, Conducting polymer-reinforced laser-irradiated graphene as heterostructured 3D transducer for flexible skin patch biosensors, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 13, 54456–54465, 2021.

J. TsuTsumi*, A.P.F. Turner, W.C. Mak*, Precise and rapid solvent-assisted geometric protein self-patterning with submicron spatial resolution for scalable fabrication of microelectronic biosensors, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 177, 112968, 2021.

S. Kongkaew, L. Meng, W. Limbut, P. Kanatharana, P. Thavarungkul, W.C. Mak*, Evaluation on the intrinsic physicoelectrochemical attributes and engineering of micro-, nano-, and 2d-structured allotropic carbon-based papers for flexible electronics, Langmuir, 37, 14302-14313, 2021.

S. Uzuncar, L. Meng, A.P.F. Turner, W.C. Mak*, Processable and nanofibrous polyaniline:polystyrene-sulfonate (nano-PANI:PSS) for the fabrication of catalyst-free ammonium sensors and enzyme-coupled urea biosensors, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 171, 112725, 2021.

T. Kangkamano, M.Y. Vagin*, L. Meng, P. Thavarungkul, P. Kanatharana, X. Crispin, W.C. Mak*, Product-to-intermediate relay achieving complete oxygen reduction reaction (cORR) with prussian blue integrated nanoporous polymer cathode in fuel cells, Nano Energy, 78, 105125, 2020.

K. Promsuwan, L. Meng, P. Suklim, W. Limbut, P. Thavarungkul, P. Kanatharana, W.C. Mak*, Bio-PEDOT: Modulating carboxyl moieties in poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) for enzyme-coupled bioelectronic interfaces, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 12(35), 39841-39849, 2020.

L. Meng, F. Dagsgård, A.P.F. Turner, W.C. Mak*, Bi-functional sulphonate-coupled reduced graphene oxide as an efficient dopant for a conducting polymer with enhanced electrochemical performance, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 8, 12829-12839, 2020.

L. Meng, A.P.F. Turner, W.C. Mak*, Tunable 3D nanofibrous and bio-functionalised PEDOT network explored as a conducting polymer-based biosensor, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 159, 112181, 2020.

L. Meng, A.P.F. Turner*, W.C. Mak*, Soft and flexible material-based affinity sensors, Biotechnology Advances, 39, 107398, 2020.

S. Azzouzi, Z. Fredj, A.P.F. Turner, M.B. Ali, W.C. Mak*, Generic neutravidin biosensor for simultaneous multiplex detection of microRNAs via electrochemically encoded responsive nanolabels, ACS Sensors, 4, 326-334, 2019.

L. Meng, A.P.F. Turner, W.C. Mak*, Modulating electrode kinetics for discrimination of dopamine by PEDOT:COOH interface doped with negatively-charged tri-carboxylate, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 11, 34497-34506, 2019.

S.Z. Mousavisani, J.B. Raoof, K.Y. Cheung, A.R.H. Camargo, T. Ruzgas, A.P.F. Turner, W.C. Mak*, Integrating an ex-vivo skin biointerface with electrochemical DNA biosensor for direct measurement of the protective effect of UV blocking agents, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 128, 159-165, 2019.

L. Meng, A.P.F. Turner, W.C. Mak*, Positively-charged hierarchical PEDOT interface with enhanced electrode kinetics for NADH-based biosensors, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 120, 115-121, 2018.

S.Z. Mousavisani, J.B. Raoof, A.P.F. Turner, R. Ojani, W.C. Mak*, Label-free DNA sensor based on diazonium immobilisation for detection of DNA damage in breast cancer 1 gene. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 264, 59-66, 2018.

Y. Liu, A.P.F. Turner, M. Zhao, W.C. Mak*, Processable enzyme-hybrid conductive polymer composites for electrochemical biosensing, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 100, 374-381, 2018.

M.F. Santangelo, S. Libertino, A.P.F. Turner, D. Filippini, W.C. Mak*, Integrating printed microfluidics with silicon photomultipliers for miniaturised and highly sensitive ATP bioluminescence detection, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 99, 464-470, 2018.

R. Wannapob, M.Y. Vagin, Y. Liu, P. Thavarungkul, P. Kanatharana, A.P.F. Turner, W.C. Mak*, Printable hetero-structured bioelectronic interfaces with enhanced electrode reaction kinetics via inter-microparticle network, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 9(38), 33368-33376, 2017.

Z. Fredj, S. Azzouzia, A.P.F. Turner, M.B. Ali, W.C. Mak*, Neutravidin biosensor for direct capture of dual-functional biotin - molecular beacon - AuNP probe for sensitive voltammetric detection of microRNA, Sensors & Actuators: B Chemical, 248, 77-84, 2017.

S.Sankoh, M.Y. Vagin, A.N. Sekretaryova, P. Thavarungkul, P. Kanatharana W.C. Mak*, Colloid electrochemistry of conducting polymer: towards potential-induced in-situ drug release, Electrochimica Acta, 228, 407-412, 2017.

M.Y. Vagin, I. Jeerapan, R. Wannapob, P. Thavarungkul, P. Kanatharana, N. Anwar, T. McCormac, M. Eriksson, A.P.F. Turner, E.W.H. Jager, W.C. Mak*, Water-processable polypyrrole microparticle modules for direct fabrication of hierarchical structured electrochemical interfaces, Electrochimica Acta, 190, 495-503, 2016.

K. Kor A.P.F. Turner, K. Zarei, M. Atabati, V. Beni, W.C. Mak*, Structurally responsive oligonucleotide-based single-probe lateral-flow test for detection of miRNA-21 mimics, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 408, 1475-1485, 2016.

J. Lademann, H. Richter, F. Knorr, A. Patzelt, M.E. Darvin, E. Rühl, K.Y. Cheung, K.K. Lai, R. Renneberg, W.C. Mak*, Triggered release of model drug from AuNP-doped BSA nanocarriers in hair follicles using IRA radiation, Acta Biomaterialia, 30, 388-396, 2016.

W.C. Mak*, K.Y. Cheung, J. Orban, C.J. Lee, A.P.F. Turner, M. Griffith, Surface-engineered contact lens as an advanced theranostic platform for modulation and detection of viral infection, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 7 (45), 25487-25494, 2015.

W.C. Mak*, R. Georgieva, R. Renneberg, H. Bäumler, Protein particles formed by protein activation and spontaneous self-assembly. Advanced Functional Materials, 20, 4139-4144, 2010.

W.C. Mak*, K.Y. Cheung and D. Trau*, The influence of different polyelectrolytes on Layer-by-Layer microcapsules properties – encapsulation efficiency, colloidal and temperature stability. Chemistry of Materials, 20, 5475-5484, 2008.

W.C. Mak*, K.Y Cheung and D. Trau*, Diffusion controlled and temperature stable microcapsule reaction compartments for high throughput microcapsule-PCR. Advanced Functional Materials, 18, 2930-2937, 2008.