At the opening ceremony of the 33rd Congress of the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS), four scientists received the 6th CCS-Evonik Chemical Innovation Awards.
Every two years since 2010, Evonik and CCS work together to honor outstanding research accomplishments and find collaboration potentials between Evonik and the Chinese scientific community. On June 17, 2023, on behalf of Evonik, Fuliang Xia, president of Greater China, presented the Outstanding Scientist Award and Outstanding Young Scientist Award to four scientists, who are all from the prestigious universities.
Their research focuses include energy catalysis, green asymmetric synthesis, aqueous zinc battery and high value-added hydrocarbon fuels production, which are also important R&D topics for Evonik.
“Innovation and research of local academia constantly inspire us to develop new products and solutions,” commented by Fuliang. “Through such platforms, Evonik presents itself as a leading player in the chemical industry. We will continue to reinforce our innovation capacities in China with various innovation networks to enhance local R&D activities and drive profitable growth within innovation growth fields. “
Winners of Outstanding Scientist Award
Prof. Jinlong Gong, from Tianjin University, engaged in energy and catalysis with a focus on carbon dioxide conversion and utilization
Prof. Zhang Xumu, from Southern University of Science and Technology, focuses on the green, catalytic asymmetric synthesis of chiral drugs, etc.
Winners of Outstanding Young Scientist Award
Prof. Zhiqiang Niu from Nankai University, developed a new strategy of cathode micro-nano structure and negative electrode surface interface regulation to realize the construction and intelligent design of high-performance aqueous zinc-rechargeable batteries.
Prof. Sun Yongfu from University of Science and Technology of China, focused on photo/electroreduction of carbon dioxide to produce high value-added hydrocarbon fuels or chemicals. He then carried out systematic research on the precise preparation, fine structure analysis, electronic structure modulation and photo/electrocatalytic conversion performance of function-oriented two-dimensional inorganic materials.