Chemist and bio­engi­neer hon­ored

China Daily European Weekly - - NEWS DIGEST -

China has two win­ners of the an­nual First Prize of the State Nat­u­ral Science Award for 2017, a tes­ti­mony to the na­tion’s grow­ing re­search ca­pa­bil­i­ties in fun­da­men­tal science, ex­perts said on Jan 8. This year’s win­ners are chemist Tang Ben­zhong and bio­engi­neer Li Ji­ayang. It is the first time in 12 years that China has two win­ners within a sin­gle year of the na­tion’s high­est honor for ma­jor sci­en­tific break­throughs in fun­da­men­tal re­search. The last time was in 2006, ac­cord­ing to data from the Of­fice of State Science and Tech­nol­ogy Awards. Tang dis­cov­ered ag­gre­ga­tion-in­duced emis­sion— a chem­i­cal phe­nom­e­non in which a spe­cial type of lu­mi­nous agent be­comes brighter the more it groups to­gether. The dis­cov­ery rev­o­lu­tion­ized lu­mi­nes­cent biomark­ers for ma­te­rial science, medicine, can­cer di­ag­no­sis, elec­tron­ics and other fields. Li dis­cov­ered the molec­u­lar mech­a­nism that de­cides the qual­ity and yield of rice, which al­lowed sci­en­tists to cre­ate an ideal rice crop that is nu­tri­tious and tasty and pro­duces a high yield.

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