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CAS Scientist Wins New Materials Prize

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Prof. WANG Zhonglin, a top scientist at CAS’ Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems in Beijing and a foreign academician at CAS, has been recently awarded the 2014 James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials by the American Physical Society (APS). 

Prof. WANG, who also holds a professorship at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the United States, won the prize for his work on ZnO nanostructures in sensing, energy harvesting and piezotronics. He will receive the award and give a talk at the APS annual meeting in Denver, USA next March.  

The James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials was established in 1997 and endowed by IBM. Its aim is “to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement in the science and application of new materials.” Past recipients of the prize include over 30 world-renowned chemistry and physics scientists– some of them Nobel Prize winners – who have made outstanding contributions to the field of new materials. The 1987 recipient, for example, was Dan Schechtman, discoverer of quasicrystals and winner of the 2011 Nobel Chemistry Prize. 

Prof. WANG is an extremely influential scientist who has made many contributions to materials science and fundamental electron microscopy. He invented the nanogenerator and showed how such generators could harvest mechanical energy using nano-enabled technology. He has also launched the field of piezotronics and piezo-phototronics. In the last decade, Prof. WANG has been the recipient of numerous world-class honor and awards, among which are the 1999 Burton Medal, 2001 S.T. Li prize for Outstanding Contribution in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and the 2009 Purdy Award from American Ceramic Society.  

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