Dr Edmond Ma wins the 2017 Third-class Science and Technology Award of China Association for Instrumental Analysis


馬迪龍博士獲得2017年中國分析測試協會科學技術獎三等獎

Date: 25 Sep 2017 (Monday)

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Chemistry team wins 2017 Science and Technology Award Third-class prize of China Association for Instrumental Analysis

化學系團隊榮獲2017年中國分析測試協會科學技術獎三等獎

Dr Edmond Ma, Associate Professor of the Department of Chemistry of HKBU, and his research team won the 2017 Third-class Science and Technology Award of China Association for Instrumental Analysis (CAIA award), for their exceptional research project entitled “Phosphorescence label-free G-quadruplex-based sensing platform for detecting analytes in environmental and biological systems”. Dr Ma is the first Hong Kong-born scholar to receive the CAIA award as the project principal manager since it was established 25 years ago.

For the project, the team developed a rapid, label-free and universal oligonucleotide-based luminescence detection method for metal ions, small molecules, proteins and enzyme activities in environmental or biological samples using transition metal complexes. Dr Ma said, “The successful development of this methodology could be highly useful for academic researchers around the world working in the field of analytical and instrumental chemistry. The discovery could lead to the development of a platform for the detection and monitoring of environmental or water contamination.”

Dr Ma is one of the few experienced researchers in Hong Kong who possesses skills from a unique combination of areas—luminescent bio-sensing, transition metal complex synthesis, as well as computer-aided structural design and screening. This unique meld of interdisciplinary fields is a niche research area in Hong Kong and Dr Ma’s team has made significant inroads into this research focus area. The CAIA award cements the reputation of the research group, further establishing them as a leader in these research fields.

The study was conducted in collaboration with Professor Leung Chung-hang, Professor of the Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences of the University of Macau.

The CAIA award, registered and authorised under China’s National Office for Science and Technology Award, recognises scientists and organisations for their significant achievements and contributions to the development of new technologies, methods and applications in the area of instrumental analysis.

浸大化學系副教授馬迪龍博士與研究團隊獲得2017年中國分析測試協會科學技術獎三等獎(又稱CAIA獎),表揚他們在「基於G-四鏈體的無標記磷光檢測平台在環境及生物分析中的應用」研究項目的傑出貢獻。自CAIA獎成立25年來,馬博士是首位以「第一完成人」身份獲得該獎項的香港土生科研學者。

團隊使用寡核苷酸,開發了一種快速、免標記、通用的發光檢測平台,可應用於檢測環境及生物體系中重金屬離子、生物小分子、蛋白質和生物酶活性。馬博士說:「新方法為國際分析和儀器化學領域中的科研工作者提供了嶄新的研究方法,並有機會進一步研究用於檢測環境和水安全的監控平台。」

馬博士是香港少數成功把發光傳感、過渡金屬合成和電腦輔助藥物設計及篩選等領域有效結合的科研學者。多元化學科的有機融合是多個研究領域的必然發展趨勢,馬博士團隊在這方面已奠定穩固的基礎。團隊認為,CAIA獎不單認同他們的研究成果,亦確立了團隊在此領域的領導地位。

項目由馬博士主導,並與澳門大學中華醫藥研究院梁重恒教授合作完成。

CAIA獎由國家科學技術獎勵辦公室頒發,授予在分析測試新技術、方法及創新應用等方面取得重大突破和貢獻的科技工作者和組織。