Staff Achievement
Prof. Raymond Wong Wai-yeung becomes the first Chinese recipient of RSC Chemistry of Transition Metals Award
Professor Raymond Wong (left) receives the RSC Chemistry of the Transition Metals Award in the United Kingdom
Professor Raymond Wong Wai-yeung  of the Department of Chemistry was presented the Chemistry of the Transition Metals Award 2010 by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in the United Kingdom recently. He is the first Chinese scientist to have received this prestigious award for his outstanding contribution to the synthesis of metallic conjugated polymers and the development of their application in optical devices including solar cells and optical limiters. The award particularly recognises outstanding research in any aspect of the chemistry of d- and f-block elements.

Professor Wong’s research focus is on the molecular design and synthesis of novel metal-based molecular functional materials with photofunctional properties and energy functions, setting a goal of advancing energy-related technologies. Professor Wong is delighted with the honour bestowed on him. He said that “I am honoured by the international acclaim for my research. My research team is grappling with how to increase the performance of our optical devices and ensure that they can withstand wear and tear. In the future, we will aim at developing sustainable energy sources and improving the technologies for energy conversions in order to meet our energy demand and fight for a cleaner environment”. Professor Wong will also attempt to explore the possibility of using the materials in organic thin-film transistors, biomedical applications and nanotechnology.

Professor Raymond Wong’s main area of research is synthetic inorganic or organometallic chemistry and structural chemistry. He is amongst the group of internationally renowned scientists in the study of the optoelectronic properties of organometallic polymers and materials. His seminal works on functional metallopolyynes and metallophosphors have gained international recognition. The materials Professor Wong has developed have ample applications as sensor or eye protectors against harmful intense laser beams, as converters for light/electricity signals in solar cells and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and as patternable precursors to magnetic metal alloy nanoparticles.

The RSC is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. The RSC Awards aim at rewarding excellence and dedication to scientific research in chemistry for scientists from all over the world. Professor Wong received the award at a ceremony at the Inorganic Chemistry Awards Symposium held at the University of Liverpool. He then embarked on a tour of academic lectures at four universities across the United Kingdom, speaking on the topic of “Metallopolyynes and Metallophosphors: Multifunctional Materials with Emerging Applications in Optical Devices”.

from HKBU eNews