Cheng obtained Ph.D degree in Chemistry from University of Western Ontario (Western University), and was awarded the Best Thesis Award. He has expertise in material science, particularly in thin film, photocatalyst synthesis and application in environmental remediation. He has authored/co-authored around 40 peer-reviewed publications, and several patents. As a winner of the University of Toronto’s Invention of Year for 2016, he is actively involved in technology transfer and commercialization.
In addition, he is involved in Impact Centre collaborations with partners in China in the fields of technology transfer and education.