Prof. Raymond Wong Wai-yeung has been awarded a grant that could be worth up to RMB1.4 million by National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) for his energy research
Professor Raymond Wong hopes his research will make important contributions towards solving global energy problem and protecting the environment
Professor Raymond Wong Wai-yeung of the Department of Chemistry has been awarded a grant that could be worth up to RMB1.4 million by the Overseas and Hong Kong, Macau Young Scholars Collaborative Research Fund of the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC). The project is entitled “Development of Novel High-Performance Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells” and will focus on solar cell research that could offer solutions to some of the world’s energy and environmental problems.
The Fund will initially sponsor a two-year research project with a start-up grant of RMB200,000. Upon successful completion and subsequent evaluation, the work could be further supported by a grant of RMB800,000 to RMB1,200,000 for another four years. The funded project focuses on the design and synthesis of a novel class of metal-based photosensitising dyes that could provide a good avenue towards fabricating high-efficiency dye-sensitised solar cells. Professor Wong said: “Because of the diversity of transition metals available and chemical versatility of the organic ligands, this research frontier would create new impacts in realising next generation large-area, light-weight and low-cost organic solar cells that can compete with traditional inorganic solar cells.”
Professor Wong will work closely with his collaborator, Professor Tian He of the East China University of Science and Technology, to develop a series of new photosensitising dyes consisting of different transition metals that can be used to fabricate high-performance dye-sensitised solar cells. The research will provide new materials and new ideas for the advancement of novel organic solar cells of high efficiency.
Professor Wong said: “It is encouraging that my research efforts were recognised at the national level. I hope that my research in this emerging field will spur new developments in the production of inexpensive, clean renewable energy.”
The Overseas and Hong Kong, Macau Young Scholars Collaborative Research Fund sponsors Chinese scholars who are under 50 and reside in Hong Kong, Macau or overseas. The Fund encourages collaboration with scientists from the Mainland and promotes the development of science and innovative technology. A large number of Chinese researchers competed for a total quota of 80 grants this year.
from HKBU eNews