Prof. Raymond Wong Wai-yeung receives the HKBU Innovationem Award for his invention on new organometallic phosphors for optoelectronic devices. It is considered the most promising innovation of the year for 2014 at HKBU.
The HKBU Innovationem Award is established in 2014. It is sponsored by the University Grants Committee (UGC) Knowledge Transfer (KT) funding and the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) Promotion of Innovation and Technology funding, and administered by the Knowledge Transfer Committee (KTC) via the Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO). This Most Promising Innovation of the Year Award is awarded to an innovation resulted from the research outcome of faculty at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) for a given year, wherein said innovation is judged to be possessing the utmost innovative value along the criteria of:
• Provide leadership contributions in key economic, social, well-being or environmental areas in serving the community;
• Provide significant, sustainable positive impact and/or fundamental change for betterment of the community;
• Provide exemplar contributions towards building the innovative strengths at HKBU;
• Possessing the greatest potential to further raise HKBU’s good reputation globally.
Professor Raymond Wong’s research focuses on the design and synthesis of new organometallic phosphors with very promising photo-functional properties and energy functions. Apart from organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), these materials have wide applications such as sensor or eye protectors against harmful intense laser beams, converters for light/electricity signals in organic solar cells and patternable precursors for fabrication of nanoscale magnetic data storage devices.
Professor Wong endeavours to develop new, highly stable and efficient phosphors in order to create new impacts in the next-generation full-colour and large area display technology. Particularly, these new materials are useful in energy-saving applications such as low-cost and environmentally friendly indoor illumination sources. This success would definitely be beneficial to mankind, society and nature by resolving both the environmental and energy problems.
Professor Wong’s highly influential work on metallopolymers and metallophosphors has gained much international recognition. Besides, this invention was listed “Highly Cited Researcher” in the latest version (2014) published by Thomson Reuters in the field of Materials Science. Besides, he has published over 370 research papers in various academic journals and also listed among the world’s top one percent in the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) list of most-cited chemists.