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2014 Winners of the Award for International Scientific Cooperation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

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Dr. Peter J. Stang 

Dr. Peter J. Stang 

Dr. Peter J. Stang is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Utah. Before he joined the University of Utah in 1969, Prof. Stang obtained his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley and did his postdoctoral research at Princeton University. He pioneered and developed the use of dative, metalligand interactions and coordination-driven self-assembly for the formation of large scale, high definition nanoscale complexes with two (2D) and three (3D) dimensional assemblies.

Prof. Stang’s seminal contributions to the development of abiological selfassembly is recognized by numerous prizes and honors, including the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the government of the United States to scientists and engineers, the American Chemical Society's Priestly Medal, membership of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He has been an editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society since 2002, and served on the editorial and advisory boards of various other scientific journals.

Over the last 30 years, Prof. Stang has committed much effort to the promotion and strengthening of the scientific cooperation between China and the USA. He has conducted research cooperation with Chinese scientists in the area of abiologically self-assembled supramolecular ensembles, which has produced fruitful results. With Prof. Stang’s effort, the American Chemical Society and the Gordon Research Conference, have sent a number of high level delegations to China to facilitate and establish linkage with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and CAS.

Dr. Jan-Christer Janson 

Dr. Jan-Christer Janson 

Dr. Jan-Christer Janson is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Chemistry of Uppsala University, Sweden. He is a distinguished bio-separation scientist known in the world for his great contributions to modern protein chromatography on an industrial scale. The products his group  developed, such as Sepharose CL, Sepharose FF chromatographic media and columns, are widely used in the bio-pharmaceutical industry. A member of Swedish Royal Society of Science in Uppsala, Prof. Janson has 124 scientific publications including the well-known book “Protein Purification”, which is now on its third edition.

Starting from 1980, Prof. Janson has been actively engaged in collaboration with Chinese biotechnologists. He has helped China to design and develop industrial separation and purification processes for several recombinant pharmaceuticals, including hepatitis B vaccine (HBsAg) and interferon gamma. These products have been manufactured by Chinese biopharmaceutical industry in large quantities.

Another of notable accomplishments is the novel design of chromatographic techniques for the separation and purification of active components in traditional Chinese herbal medicine (TCM). As an international advisory board member of the State Key Laboratory of Biochemical Engineering (SKLBE), he contributed to set up bio-separation research platform and proposed several on-column proteins refolding techniques and developed anti-denaturation technologies with his collaborators.

As of 2014, Prof. Janson has published 52 papers with Chinese collaborators in top international journals, and invited 41 Chinese students and scientists to his laboratory as guest researchers at the Biomedical Center of Uppsala University. According to statistics, he has visited China more than 100 times and has delivered nearly 150 lectures on protein purification in 35 different cities, having benefited more than 20,000 scientific professionals and students.

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