Ming-Yu Ngai

About Ming-Yu-Ngai

Ming-Yu Ngai received his undergraduate education both in Hong Kong and in the United States. He was introduced to research in chemistry as an undergraduate in the laboratory of Prof. Wai-Kin Chan and Prof. Chi-Ming Che, and graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He also performed his undergraduate research at the University of California, San Diego under the supervision of Prof. Michael S. VanNeuwenhze. He pursued graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, receiving his PhD in 2008. His graduate work with Prof. Michael J. Krische focused on transition metal-catalyzed reductive carbon-carbon bond formation under hydrogenation and transfer hydrogenation conditions. From 2009-2011 he was a Croucher postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University in the laboratory of Prof. Barry M. Trost. He was also a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University where he worked in the laboratory of Prof. Tobias Ritter. In 2013, Ming was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University.


2011-2013       Harvard University, Post-doctoral Fellow, Advisor: Professor Tobias Ritter
2009-2011       Stanford University, Croucher Post-doctoral Fellow, Advisor: Professor Barry M. Trost
2004-2008       The University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D., Chemistry, Advisor: Professor Michael J. Krische
2002-2003       The University of California, San Diego, Exchange Student, Advisor: Professor Michael S. VanNeuwenhze
2000-2003       The University of Hong Kong, B.Sc. Chemistry, Advisors: Professor Chi-Ming Che and Professor Wai-Kin Chan

Awards & Honors

2019                Young Academic Investigator (ACS-Division of Organic Chemistry)
2019                NSF CAREER Award (2019-2024)
2018                Young Academic Inventor’s Award (National Academy of Inventors – SBU Chapter)
2016                Maximizing Investigator Research Award (NIGMS, 2016-2021)
2016                Individual Development Awards (SBU)
2016                Thieme Chemistry Journal Award 2016
2009                Croucher Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2009-2011)
2007                Wendell Gordon Fellowship (The University of Texas at Austin)
2007                Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (Environmental Protection Agency, US)
2007                William S. Livingston Award for the Outstanding Graduate Student Academic Employee (The University of Texas at Austin)
2004                Robert H. Hamilton/Eugene P. Schoch Fellowship (The University of Texas at Austin)
2003                The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (The University of California, San Diego)
2002                HKU Worldwide Undergraduate Student Exchange Program Scholarship (The University of Hong Kong)
2000                Dean’s Honors List (The University of Hong Kong, 2000-2003)
2000                Cheung King Pak Memorial Scholarship (The University of Hong Kong) 

Ming-Yu Ngai

Ming-Yu Ngai
Assistant Professor of Chemistry,
Stony Brook University


  • Address: Department of Chemistry Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 11794-3400
  • ​Phone: (631) 632 2641
  • Fax: (631) 632 7960