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Professor Raymond Wong becomes first Hong Kong native to receive Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation Prize


Professor Rick Wong, Vice-President (Research and Development) (right), congratulates Professor Raymond Wong at the ceremony held in Beijing.

Professor Raymond Wong Wai-yeung, Chair Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Chemistry, was recently presented with the 2012 Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation Prize for Scientific and Technological Innovation (Award for Youth Innovation), in recognition of his outstanding work on promoting scientific and technological innovation towards advancing energy-related technologies. Among the 15 winners of the Scientific and Technological Innovation Award this year, Professor Wong is one of the two Hong Kong winners of this prestigious prize. He also becomes the first Hong Kong native to receive this award since the establishment of the Foundation in 1994.

Professor Wong is delighted with the honour bestowed on him: "The award is a significant international recognition of my innovative research in chemistry and materials science. Currently, we aim at developing sustainable energy sources and improving the technologies for energy conversion in order to meet the world's future energy demand while working towards a cleaner environment." Professor Wong envisions that the new materials have great potential to replace the traditional less energy-efficient incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs.

Professor Wong's research mainly focuses on the design and synthesis of new molecular functional materials with photofunctional properties and energy functions. His seminal work on metallopolymers and metallophosphors has gained much international reputation.

A locally-trained scientist, Professor Wong is a highly prolific researcher with over 370 research papers published in various academic journals to date. He is also listed among the world’s top one percent in the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) list of most-cited chemists, with more than 7,600 citations currently according to the Journal Citation Reports of the Web of Science.

Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation was established in Hong Kong in 1994 and a maximum of 70 annual prizes are awarded to distinguished Chinese scholars on the Mainland honouring their achievements in science, technology, medicine and other disciplines.