CityU scientist awarded for contribution to SDGs
Professor David Lou Xiongwen
Professor David Lou Xiongwen, Chair Professor of Materials Chemistry at City University of Hong Kong (CityU), was honoured with the first Young Scientist SDGs Award at the opening ceremony of the 2023 World Young Scientist Summit (WYSS) in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province on 11 November. Professor Lou is the sole recipient from Hong Kong, while the other two awardees are scientists from the mainland and the UK.
“I am very grateful to receive recognition and encouragement through the Young Scientist Sustainable Development Goals Award,” said Professor Lou of CityU’s Department of Chemistry.
He said this award would allow him to collaborate with other scientists and experts to further promote sustainable energy development research and practice.
“I hope to contribute more to solving global energy problems and promoting sustainable development through my own efforts and the support of my team. It could also lead to increased interest and support in further research and development in the field,” he added.
Professor Lou is a Fellow of Singapore National Academy of Science and the Academy of Engineering, Singapore. He and his research team have published more than 390 papers in top international academic journals such as Science, Angewandte Chemie and Advanced Materials. As of November 2023, his papers have been cited over 131,800 times according to Google Scholar, with an H-index of 214. His main research interests include the designed synthesis of nanostructured materials and their applications in energy conversion and storage, including batteries, electrocatalysis and photocatalysis.
The award, jointly initiated by the WYSS and the International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals based in Beijing, recognises young scientists whose natural science research or engineering technology supports one or more Sustainable Development Goals. The award aims to inspire more young scientists to contribute to sustainable development.
The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals represent an urgent call for action by all countries and territories in a global partnership to end poverty and other deprivations, improve health and education, reduce inequality, spur economic growth, tackle climate change and preserve our oceans and forests, among others.