Lee Sang Yup Wins 2018 Eni Award

Lee was recognized for his work in metabolic engineering, which has resulted in the sustainable development of chemical products, fuels and non-food biomass materials.

AsianScientist (Sep. 28, 2018) – Distinguished Professor Lee Sang Yup of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) will be awarded the 2018 Eni Advanced Environmental Solutions Prize in recognition of his innovations in the fields of energy and environment.

The Eni Award, referred to as the Nobel Prize in the fields of energy and environment, was established in 2008 by Italian multinational energy corporation Eni to promote technological and research innovation of efficient and sustainable energy resources.

The Advanced Environmental Solutions Prize is one of the three categories of the Eni Award, and it recognizes a researcher or group of scientists that has achieved internationally significant R&D results in the field of environmental protection and recovery.

Lee, a pioneer in systems metabolic engineering, was honored with the award for developing engineered bacteria to produce chemical products, fuels and non-food biomass materials in a manner that is both sustainable and with a low environmental impact. Using the technology, Lee has developed microbial bioprocesses for the sustainable and environmentally friendly production of chemicals, fuels and materials from non-food renewable biomass.

The award ceremony will take place on October 22, 2018 at the Quirinal Palace, the official residence of Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

“I am so glad that the international academic community as well as global industry leaders recognize the decades of research performed by our students and research team,” said Lee, whose work has been recognized with prizes such as the George Washington Carver Award and the PV Danckwerts Memorial Lecture Award earlier this year.

“We will continue to strive for research outcomes with two objectives, the first of which is to develop bio-based processes suitable for sustainable chemical industry. Secondly, we want to contribute to the human healthcare system through the development of platform technologies integrating medicine and nutrition,” he added.


Source: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
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