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Dr. Zhou Yuanyuan awarded China's Excellent Young Scientists Fund 2022


Dr. Zhou Yuanyuan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), has been awarded Excellent Young Scientists Fund (Hong Kong and Macau) under the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). Dr. Zhou will receive funding of RMB 2 Million to support his fundamental investigation and technological innovation on a new generation of semiconductor materials - perovskites. With this funding support, Dr. Zhou expects to leverage this project to perform highly interdisciplinary research over materials science, semiconductor physics and molecular chemistry, and to innovate optoelectronic technologies for contribution to the carbon neutrality goal of the Hong Kong and the nation.


The Excellent Young Scientists Fund is highly competitive award granted annually to support young male scientists under age 38 and young female scientists under age 40 with outstanding achievements in basic research to conduct innovative research in areas of their own choice. The Excellent Young Scientists Fund is highly competitive, only 25 young scientists across Hong Kong and Macau has been awarded this year.


About the Researcher:

Dr. Zhou Yuanyuan is the Assistant Professor of Physics and Principal Investigator of ΣLab ( at the Hong Kong Baptist University. Dr. Zhou has published 116 journal papers and co-filed 7 international patents (2 officially issued). As the corresponding, first or co-first author, he published more than 40 papers on the top-tier journals (impact factor > 15) of his field, including 1 in Nature Energy, 4 in Nature Communications, 11 in Cell Press flagship journals (Joule/Chem/Matter), 8 in top chemistry journals (Journal of the American Chemical Society/ Angewandte Chemie), 7 in top materials-science journals (Materials Today/Advanced Materials/Advanced Energy Materials/Advanced Functional Materials), 10 in top energy journals (Energy & Environmental Science/ACS Energy Letters). His Google Scholar shows near 10,000 citations and 51 h-index. He has served as Invited Guest Editor of a range of reputable international journals, including Advanced Energy Materials and Matter (Cell Press). He is also the Section Editor of Journal of Energy Chemistry and received the Best Editorial Member Award in 2022. As Chair or co-Chair, he has organized the Materials Research Society (MRS) perovskite-theme symposium for 6 times.


Dr. Zhou received numerous honors and awards, including the Excellent Young Scientists Fund (Hong Kong and Macau), HKBU Presidential Early-Career Researcher Award, China Rising Star in Science and Technology, Hong Kong RGC Early Career Scheme Funding Award, United States National Science Foundation EPSCoR Research Fellow, Brown University Outstanding Thesis Award (in Engineering), and Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Oversea Student. Based on his research impact, Dr. Zhou was named the World Top 2% Scientists listed by Stanford University and Elsevier in 2019, 2020 and 2021.


[Source: HKBU Research]