Five foreign scientists won the 2018 International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award of China in Beijing on Jan 8.

The five winners are US metallurgical engineer Jan Miller, UK-US molecular chemist James Fraser Stoddart, US material physicist Zhu Yimei, US ocean geochemist Peter Brewer and Swedish artificial photosynthesis specialist Sun Licheng.

Jan Miller, an academician of the US National Academy of Engineering and a professor with the University of Utah, has been committed to promoting exchanges and cooperation in metallurgical and mineral processing technologies between China and the United States and bringing international advanced mining and metallurgical technologies and development concepts to China over the past 35 years. He has also cooperated with universities, scientific research and enterprises in China's mining and metallurgical industry, making outstanding contributions to the development of modern mining and metallurgical technology and personnel training in the country.

Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry Stoddart, a foreign academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and a recipient of the 2017 Friendship Award granted by the Chinese government, has devoted himself to promoting scientific and technological cooperation between China and the US and actively carrying out exchanges and cooperation with Chinese scholars in molecular science.

Moreover, he set up funds to encourage more outstanding young Chinese talents to engage in chemical research and hosted high-level academic conferences in China, making important contributions to frontier research, personnel training and first-class discipline construction.

Zhu Yimei, a tenured scientist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory of the United States, has been applying himself to promoting intergovernmental scientific and technological exchanges and cooperation between China and the US. Entrusted by the US Department of Energy, he has organized bilateral seminars on high-specification superconductors and quantum materials, and developed new fields and cooperation mechanism between CAS and the US Department of Energy.

As a recipient of the International Scientific Cooperation Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences 2017, Zhu has also contributed to the technological progress of atomic scale characterization and electronic microscopy, as well as the construction of several large advanced research platforms in China.

Peter Brewer, a senior scientist at the Monterey?Bay?Aquarium Research?Institute?in the US, has been cooperating with Chinese scientists for nearly ten years to promote deep-sea exploration technology in China. In addition to CAS, he also associated with Peking University, Xiamen University, and Ocean University of China to promote the leap-forward development of deep-sea research in China. Brewer won the Award for International Scientific Cooperation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences 2017.

Sun Licheng is an academician of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the chief professor of molecular device at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He began to conduct scientific and technological cooperation with China in 2000 and launched a research center of artificial photosynthesis in Dalian University of Technology.

Over the past 18 years, Sun has been promoting international cooperation on technology and research into artificial photosynthesis in China, making great contributions to China’s presence in the field’s frontier research.


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