Professor Raymond Wong (left) and Dr. Ken Leung receive the awards at the ceremony held in Singapore.


黃維揚教授(左)和梁湛輝博士出席在新加坡舉行的會議並獲頒授「亞洲新星獎」。

Date: 05 Sep 2013 (Thursday)

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HKBU Chemistry scholars win Asian Rising Stars awards

浸大化學系教授獲頒亞洲新星獎

Professor Raymond Wong, Chair Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Chemistry, and Dr. Ken Leung, Assistant Professor of the Department of Chemistry 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.

化學系講座教授兼副系主任黃維揚教授和助理教授梁湛輝博士,於八月十九至二十三日在新加坡舉行的第十五屆亞洲化學會聯盟大會上獲頒授「亞洲新星獎」。黃教授在「有機金屬和材料化學」方面的傑出研究獲得嘉許,而梁博士在「自組裝及混合納米材料的應用」的出色表現獲得殊榮。會議每兩年由亞洲化學會聯合會主辦,今年的「亞洲新星獎」得主只有黃教授和梁博士來自香港。 

他們分別於會上獲邀就「亞洲新星」發表專題演說。黃教授對獲頒「亞洲新星獎」表示高興,他說﹕「我很榮幸獲頒授這項國際榮譽。會議讓我跟與會學者和學生互動,促進雙方研究合作。」梁博士亦對獲獎表示高興﹕「獎項認同了我多年來在研究工作上作出的努力。」

亞洲化學會聯合會是亞太區最大的化學推廣組織,目前其理事會成員由二十八個來自不同國家和地區的專業化學學會成員擔任。「亞洲新星獎」是頒發給新一代有顯著傑出表現,並被認定為亞洲化學界別中的「明日之星」的亞洲科學家。 

黃教授至今研發的材料可廣泛應用於雷射光感測器及保護眼罩、有機太陽能電池和有機發光二極管的光電信號轉換器和納米磁性資料記憶體。最近,他與團隊致力研發可持續發展能源及改善能源轉換過程的技術,期望切合地球未來能源所需及達致一個更潔淨的環境。另外,梁博士在納米科學方面成就卓越,研究包括以自組裝方法,製造新型及多功能納米粒子、分子傳感器和分子機器,這些分子納米材料在電子、醫學和生物科技上都有很大的應用價值。