PolyU receives five Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards from the Ministry of Education
Breakthrough in black phosphorus research paves the way for next generation electronic and optoelectronic devices
Five PolyU research teams have been honoured with the Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards (Science and Technology) 2020 by the Ministry of Education. The accolades are high-level recognition of the University’s research excellence and technological innovations.
|Second-Class Award in Natural Science
Coupling smart materials to metal-ion doped phosphors: luminescence tuning, mechanisms and proof-of-concept devices
(From left) Professor Hao Jianhua (Principal Investigator), Dr Zhang Yang & Dr Wong Man-chung, Department of Applied Physics
The team has developed the groundbreaking concept of ‘smart phosphors’ by coupling smart materials to metal-ion doped phosphors. Their innovation will help to facilitate a more controllable and efficient modulation of luminescence properties in phosphors. The breakthrough has led to the potential development of ‘smart phosphors’ for not only lighting and displays, but also in the fields of biomedicine, information technology and energy.
The design, fundamental research and biological applications of fluorescent small molecules
(From left) Professor Wing-tak Wong, Dr Ga-Lai Law & Dr Jiang Lijun, Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology
PolyU researchers, in collaboration with Hong Kong Baptist University, designed and constructed a series of smart fluorescent molecules, including lanthanide (III) (known as rare earth) complexes. The smart fluorescent molecules can be harnessed for new approaches to in-situ, sensitive and high-resolution biomedical imaging and cancer therapy.
New mechanisms for investment decisions of transportation infrastructure
The project explored decision-making issues for transport infrastructure investment, and promoted the interdisciplinary study of transportation science, management science and operations research. The research outputs have been adopted for the planning of transportation system in China. The project was conducted in collaboration with Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
Laser Dynamic Perception-driven Diagnosis of Structural Damage
(From left) Professor Su Zhongqing & Dr Xu Wei, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Professor Su, along with his Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Xu Wei, collaborated with Hohai University and developed new algorithms for conventional laser ultrasonic scanning techniques. The breakthrough allows conventional laser scanning to construct 3D images for engineering structures, facilitating quantitative evaluation of structural damage at an early stage.
|Second-Class Award in Technological Innovation
Key technologies for the efficient preparation of nano-selenium and its biomedical applications
Dr Wong successfully developed key technologies for the efficient preparation of nano-selenium and its biomedical applications. The project was conducted in collaboration with Jinan University and Guangdong Jinan Established Selenium Source Nano Technology Research Institute Co., Ltd. The new technologies, which have significant scientific and social value, use nano-selenium to improve tumor targeting. The effectiveness and biocompatibility of nano-selenium can also be enhanced, with reduced toxicity and side effects.
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