Prof J. Chen

Assistant Professor (Geotechnical Engineering)
Dr. M.M. HU

BEng, Zhejiang University, China
MSc, Duke University, USA
PhD, Duke University, USA



Office: HW 6-09
Phone: +852 2859 1975
Fax: +852 2559 5337


Teaching Activities
  • CIVL3134 Environmental Geotechnologies
  • CIVL6043 Special Topic in Geotechnical Engineering
  • CIVL3129 Numerical Analysis in Geotechnical Engineering
  • CIVL4102 Final Year Project


Research Interests
  • Energy and Environmental Geomechanics/Geotechnics
  • Physico-chemical Processes in Geo-systems
  • Multi-scale Multi-physics Instabilities in Geomaterials
  • Wave Mechanics
  • Unconventional Energy Resources
  • Geological CO2 Sequestration
  • Deep/Shallow Geothermal Energy


Representative Research / Consultancy Projects
  • General Research Fund: "Environmental Geomechanics: from Chemical Aging to Biochemically Improved Soils", PI, by Research Grant Council, HK [Top-quality students in need; Can support HKPF/HKU-PS]
  • Early Career Scheme: "A Multi-physics Study on Enhanced Cracking in Geo-energy Engineering", PI, by Research Grant Council, HK.
  • Discovery Project: "The role of pressure waves on the mechanics of earthquakes and faulting", PI, by Australian Research Council.
  • Industrial Collaboration: "The Effect of Laboratory Chemical Aging on the Incremental Compressibility of Sediments", PI, by Eni, S.p.A.
  • Seed Fund for Basic Research: "Thermo-Hydro-Chemo-Mechanics in Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS)", PI, by University of Hong Kong


Professional Activities
  • Corresponding member, Energy Geotechnics Committee (TC308), HK chapter, ISSMGE
  • Corresponding member, Geomechanics from Micro to Macro Committee (TC105), HK chapter, ISSMGE
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Member, Engineering Mechanics Institute, ASCE


Selected Representative Publications
  • Hu, M.M., Schrank, C., Regenauer-Lieb, K. (2020) Cross-diffusion waves in hydro-poro-mechanics. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. 135: 103632 (doi: 10.1016/j.jmps.2019.05.015).
  • Hu, M.M. and Hueckel, T. (2019) Modeling of Subcritical cracking in acidized carbonate rocks via coupled chemo-elasticity. Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment. 19: 100114 (
  • Hu, M.M. and Regenauer-Lieb, K. (2018) Entropic Limit Analysis Applied To Radial Cavity Expansion Problems. Frontiers in Materials, 5, 47 (doi: 10.3389/fmats.2018.00047).
  • Hu, M.M., Veveakis, M., Regenauer-Lieb K. (2018) “Influence of stress field anisotropy on drilling-induced tensile fracture”, Environmental Geotechnics, 1-7 (
  • Ilgen, A., Newell, P., Hueckel, T., Espinoza, D.N., Hu M.M. (2018). Coupled Chemical-Mechanical Processes Associated With the Injection of CO2 Into Subsurface. Science of Carbon Storage in Deep Saline Formation Chapter 15 (ISBN: 9780128127520).
  • Hu, M.M., Veveakis, M., Poulet, T., Regenauer-Lieb K. (2017) The role of temperature in shear instability and bifurcation of internally pressurised deep boreholes. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering., 50, 3003-3017 ( 10.1007/s00603-017-1291-2)
  • Hu M.M. and Hueckel T. (2013). Environmentally Enhanced Crack Propagation in a Chemically Degrading Isotropic Shale. Géotechnique, 63(4), 313-321. (
  • Tang, Q., Tang, X., Li, X., Wang, Y., Hu, M.M., Zhang, X., Chen Y. (2012). Zn(II) removal with activated Firmiana Simplex Leaf: Kinetics and equilibrium studies. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 138, 190-199 (
  • Tang, Q., Tang, X., Hu, M.M., Li, Z., Chen, Y., Lou P. (2010). “Removal of Cd(II) from aqueous solution with activated Firmiana Simplex Leaf: Behaviors and affecting factors”, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 179, 95-103 (