Dr Gary Wong (right) receives the European Rare-Earth and Actinide Society Junior Award 2015 for his achievements in the research on rare earth elements.


黃嘉良博士(右)獲頒授2015年歐洲稀土金屬和錒元素協會青年科學家獎,嘉許他研究稀土金屬的成就。

Date: 15 Oct 2015 (Thursday)

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HKBU scientist becomes first in Asia’s universities to win European Rare-Earth and Actinide Society Junior Award

浸大科學家獲頒歐洲稀土金屬和錒元素協會青年科學家獎      亞洲區大學首位得獎者

Dr Gary Wong, Assistant Professor of the Department of Chemistry of HKBU won the Junior Award 2015 from the European Rare-Earth and Actinide Society (ERES), becoming the first awardee from universities in Asia. The award was presented to Dr Wong in recognition of his innovative contribution and achievements in the research and application of the group of f-block elements (the rare earth elements). Upon receiving the award, he was invited to deliver a lecture on his frontier lanthanide research during the 9th international conference on f-elements held at University of Oxford, UK on 6 September 2015.

Dr Wong was honoured to receive the award, “I am delighted to be presented with this award and to know that my research has been widely recognised by senior experts in the field. I will continue to conduct further fundamental research on lanthanide ions and potentiate luminescent lanthanide materials for various biomedical applications for the betterment of mankind. I also look forward to bringing in more talented science students to our team for this research endeavour.”

The f-block elements are lanthanides and actinides. The fifteen lanthanides, along with the chemically similar elements scandium and yttrium, are often collectively known as the rare earth elements due to their scarcity.

The applications of lanthanide ion-materials span a wide range, including solid-state lasers, phosphors, scintillators, optical fibres, contrast agents, catalysts, high-temperature superconductors, biosensors, chemical synthesis, tomography, magnetism and biological assays. The unique properties of lanthanide materials, including fluorescence, large stokes shift and extremely long emission lifetimes mean that they offer a potentially powerful tool for drug discovery.

The ERES junior award is presented to a young scientist every three years. Only five scientists, including Dr Wong, have received the ERES junior award since its launch in 2000.

浸大化學系助理教授黃嘉良博士獲得歐洲稀土金屬和錒元素協會頒授2015年青年科學家獎,嘉許他在研究與應用化學元素「f系元素」(又稱稀土金屬)的貢獻及成就,成為首位來自亞洲地區大學的學者獲得此榮譽。黃博士獲邀於9月6日在英國牛津大學舉行的第九屆國際f系元素會議,主講他的一系列有關鑭系元素的研究。

黃博士對獲獎深感榮幸,他說﹕「獎項表示我的研究得到此界別的資深學者的認同。我將繼續研究鑭系離子和發光鑭系材料及其在生物醫學的各種應用,貢獻人類。此外,我希望更多有才華的理科學生加入我的團隊。」

「f系元素」包括鑭系元素和錒系元素。元素週期表的15種鑭系元素與鈧和釔,具有相似的化學性質,亦因其稀有性,通常被列為「稀土」元素。

鑭系離子的應用包括固體激光、螢光體、閃爍體、光纖、造影劑、催化劑、高溫超導體、生物感測器、化學合成、斷層掃描、磁學、生物分析等。鑭系離子獨有的發光特性、高靈敏度和長放射週期,成為藥物追蹤的極佳材料。

歐洲稀土金屬和錒元素協會青年科學家獎自2000年起,每三年頒授予一位年輕科學家。至今,只有五位科學家(包括黃嘉良博士)獲授予該獎項。