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The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) has announced the awardees of the Excellent Young Scientists Fund. Dr. ZHAO Jiong, Assistant Professor of Department of Applied Physics (AP) has achieved outstanding results in the 2019 Excellent Young Scientists Fund (Hong Kong and Macau), as well as will receive a funding of RMB1.3 million to directly support their scientific research projects in Hong Kong to a maximum period of three years.

The fund was extended to Hong Kong and Macau for the first time this year exclusively for applications by eight designated universities. It was highly competitive that said 25 projects are funded for Hong Kong and Macau, Dr. ZHAO was one of the young scientist awarded with his project titled “Experimental nanomechanics on two-dimensional materials”. In this project, they plan to continue the experimental investigations on the bending, defects, phase transitions, and van der Waals forces/energies of the two-dimensional materials and conduct quantitative mechanical analysis based on a series of atomic-resolution fast imaging approaches developed through the project. Three-dimensional imaging and computer-aided analysis methods will be applied to the two-dimensional materials of atomic thickness, laying a solid foundation for the future applications of two-dimensional materials.


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