Staff Achievement
Prof. Raymond Wong Wai-yeung wins Natural Science Awards from Ministry of Education in China
(From left:) Professor Rick Wong, Vice-President (Research and Development), congratulates Professor Raymond Wong and Professor Zhang Jianhua
Professor Raymond Wong (second from left) receives the Natural Science Award (First Class) in recognition of the achievements of his team in inventing new materials
Prof. Raymond Wong Wai-yeung of the Department of Chemistry and Professor Zhang Jianhua, Head of the Department of Biology have won prestigious honours from the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China for their outstanding research achievements in the 2010 round of exercise. Professor Wong was granted the Natural Science Award (First Class) and Professor Zhang received the Natural Science Award (Second Class) and the Scientific and Technological Progress Award (First Class).

Professor Raymond Wong’s research team is among the five local winners of this year’s first class prize in natural science. The winning research project is entitled “Multifunctional Metallopolymers/Metallophosphors and Their Emerging Applications”, focusing on the molecular design, synthesis and structure-property-function relationships of metallopolyynes and metallophosphors as well as their applications in different areas of advanced energy-related technologies such as solar cells, optical limiters, organic light-emitting diodes and nanoscale magnetic devices.

Professor Wong is delighted with this great honour. He said: “The award acknowledges my research team’s efforts in materials research in the past decade. Our research aims at making new molecular materials with energy functions and other functional properties. The metallopolymers we have developed have ample applications as sensor protectors against intense laser beam, as converters for light/electricity signals and as patternable precursors to magnetic metal alloy nanoparticles. Some highly efficient metallophosphors that we invented are suitable for use in OLED display technology and energy-saving lighting systems. In the future, we intend to grapple with how to increase the performance of our opoelectronic devices and enhance their operational lifetimes. We will also try to exploit these metal-based materials in organic thin-film transistors, biomedical applications and nanotechnology.”

from HKBU eNews