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NAO Sounding Board Member Prof. Yongfeng Men Honored with Three Top Scientific Prizes in 2015

Yongfeng Men has been a professor at Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry (CIAC) since 2005. He started his career at Southeast University in Nanjing, China where he graduated in applied physics in 1995. In 1998 he obtained his MSc degree at CIAC and received his doctor degree from University of Freiburg (Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet), Germany in 2001. Afterwards, in 2002 Prof. Men started his close collaboration with BASF when he joined the Polymer Research as a postdoc and physicist in Ludwigshafen. After three years in BASF he moved back to China to work as a professor at CIAC. His research is mainly dedicated to structuring and properties in polymeric systems using small angle scattering technique. He is still in close contact with BASF and we have the honour to have him as a member of the Network for Advanced Materials Open Research (NAO) Sounding Board.

During the past year Prof. Men was awarded three top scientific prizes:

  • In July he received the Newton Advanced Fellowship by the Royal Society. The three year fellowship supports the collaboration with Prof. Philip Coates at Bradford University, United Kingdom and their research project of structural processing of polymers: “advanced processing physics of micro molding and die drawing of polymers for control of properties”. The Newton Advanced Fellowship enables researchers to foster their international collaboration with a partner from the UK and ensures the transfer of knowledge as well as the development of new skills by trainings and reciprocal visits.

  • The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) awarded “The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars” to Prof. Men. The award is the most prestigious science fund and is directed to young Chinese scientists who show impressive and superior achievements in research. Prof. Men stood out from a plethora of applicants and convinced the NSFC to fund his research project about polymer physics for the next five years.

  • Additionally, in his role as a chairman of the 11th China-Korea Bilateral Symposium of Polymer Material hold in August 2015, Prof. Men was awarded additional funding support by the NSFC.

We congratulate Prof. Men for his excellent work, and are happy to collaborate with such an outstanding scientist and hope to create more chemistry with him together.