AsianScientist (May 23, 2016) – Professor Jiang Lei, director of the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry and professor of the Key Laboratory of Organic Solids, Chinese Academy of Sciences, has been awarded the 2016 Nikkei Asia Prize in the Science and Technology category.
Jiang, an award-winning chemist, conducts research primarily in the fields of bioinspired multiscale interface materials with special wettability and biomimetic multiscale interface materials.
Jiang has authored one scientific textbook, published hundreds of papers in renowned international journals and holds more than 30 patents. Among his previous accolades, are National Natural Science Award in 2005 and the National Thousands of Experts Project in the New Century in 2004, both national awards in his native China.
Now in its 21st edition, the annual Nikkei Asia Prize recognizes outstanding achievements by individuals that contribute to the region’s sustainable development and the creation of a better future for Asia. Recipients may be an individual, group or organization in any Asian nation except Japan, and will each be awarded three million yen, as well as an award certificate.
Media organization Nikkei Inc., publisher of Japanese business newspaper The Nikkei, established these awards in 1996 in commemoration of the company’s 120th anniversary. The Prizes are awarded in three areas of achievement: Economic and Business Innovation; Science and Technology; and Culture and Community.
This year, the Akshaya Patra Foundation, a non-profit organization in India, won the Prize in the Economic and Business Innovation category, while Mr. Dogmid Sosorbaram, an actor, singer, producer and director based in Mongolia, won the Prize in the Culture and Community category.
Previous years’ winners in the Science and Technology category include Dr. Wang Yifang, director of the Institute of High Energy Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, for his research into neutrinos, a type of subatomic particle; and Dr. George Fu Gao, a leader in the research and prevention of infectious diseases in China, who quickly analyzed the avian influenza virus of H7N9 subtype that occurred suddenly in 2013.
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