8 Aug 2013
Prof Xiangfeng Duan was awarded the 2013 Beilby Medal and Prize at a ceremony on board HMS Wellington on 9th July, where guests gathered for a celebration of outstanding contributions to the materials, science and technology industries.
Prof Duan has made extraordinary contributions to the understanding of nanoscience, especially related to graphene and photocatalysis. At just 35, he is one of the top cited chemists and materials scientists in the world.
Dr. Duan is an Associate Professor at UCLA. He received a B.S degree in chemistry from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1997; M.A. degree in chemistry and Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, in 1999 and 2002, respectively. He was a Founding Scientist, Principal Scientist and Manager of Advanced Technology at Nanosys Inc. from 2002 to 2008.
The Beilby Medal and Prize, which is jointly awarded by SCI, RSC and IOM3, recognises substantial work of exceptional practical significance in chemical engineering, applied materials science, energy efficiency or a related field, with preference given to candidates under 40 years of age. It commemorates Sir George Beilby FRS (more – link to notable chemists page)
Dr Bernie Rickinson, Chief Executive of IOM3, opened the ceremony and remembered Sir Henry Bessemer and announced guests would be presented with the book 'Sir Henry Bessemer: The Father of Steel'. Bernie then welcomed Master Mariner Captain John Hughes who captured the audience with tales of the ship's rich history. Guests enjoyed music from the Jamie Safiruddin Trio from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a fine menu from Cook and Butler.
SCI's Materials Chemistry Group will be responsible for coordinating nominations and selection for the 2014 Beilby Medallist.