Professor Raymond Wong and Dr. Ken Leung recently won the Asian Rising Stars awards at the 15th Asian Chemical Congress, a biennial flagship scientific meeting organised by the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies that was held in Singapore from 19 to 23 August 2013. Professor Wong received the award in recognition of his exemplary research in organometallic and materials chemistry and Dr Leung was honoured for his research in self-assembly and application of hybrid nanomaterials. They were the only two Hong Kong scholars to win the Asian Rising Stars awards.
Professor Wong and Dr. Leung were invited to deliver thematic “Asian Rising Stars” lectures at the Congress. Expressing his delight at receiving the award, Professor Wong said, “It is a great honour to receive this international recognition. During the meeting in Singapore, I had the opportunity to interact with scholars and students and foster research collaborations.” Dr. Leung is also pleased with the honour bestowed on him and said, “The award acknowledged my efforts in research work over the years.”
The Federation of Asian Chemical Societies is the largest organisation in the Asia-Pacific region for advancing chemical sciences. Its current council membership comprises 28 professional chemical societies of countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region. The Asian Rising Stars awards are given to the new generation of scientists working in Asia who have shown significant research achievements and who would be widely accepted as the future stars in the field from Asia.
The materials that Professor Wong has developed have many applications as sensor or eye protectors against harmful intense laser beams, as converters for light/electricity signals in organic solar cells and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and as patternable precursors to fabricate nanoscale magnetic data storage devices. Currently, his team is working on developing sustainable energy sources and improving the technologies used in energy conversion in order to meet the world’s future energy demand while working towards a cleaner environment. On the other hand, Dr. Leung has been working nanoscience which involves the self-assembly of hybrid nanoparticles, molecular sensors, and molecular machines for electronic and biomedical applications.
from HKBU eNews
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