On Jan. 9th, USTC won three awards at the annual award ceremony to honor distinguished scientific and research achievements of 2016. Present at the ceremony were President XI Jinping and other leaders including LI Keqiang, LIU Yunshan and ZHANG Gaoli.
USTC won a second prize for natural sciences as first research unit. In addition, as co-research institute, USTC was awarded one first prize for sci-tech advancement and one second prize for natural sciences.
It is worth noting that Prof. ZHAO Zhongxian, USTC1959 alumnus and Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, won the National Top Science Award, a record as the first USTC alumnus enjoying this honor. Also Katharina Kohse-Höinghaus, visiting professor to USTC, won the International Science and Technology Cooperation Award with four other scientists.
The team led by YU Shuhong
Professor YU Shuhong and his collaborators LIANG Haiwei, CONG Huaipin, LIU Jianwei, YAO Hongbin led the investigations in the field of bio-inspired synthesis of nanostructures, nanoscale building blocks and their related properties and applications. They won the second prize for their outstanding contributions to the studies about the synthetic methodologies of functional nanomaterials, self-assembly and processing of nanoscale building blocks. This has been the third time for Professor YU to win the second prize of National Natural Science Award. The other two were awarded in 2001 and 2010.
The project of “Beijing Electron Positron Collider” led by the Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, USTC and other 15 institutes won the first price. CHEN Hongfang from USTC in collaboration with Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences completed the “Detections of antimatters and properties of quark matters in heavy-ion collision events”. They shared the second prize.
Around 3,300 representatives from the Communist Party of China, government and military institutions and science and technology field attended the ceremony. A total of 279 projects, seven scientists and one international organization were awarded national prizes.