The University of Wollongong’s Chen Jun has won the 2012 Business Events Sydney Australia China Alumni Award for Research and Innovation.
Professor Chen Jun is a Cheung Kong Scholar Professor at Nankai University and the Director of the Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials Chemistry (Ministry of Education).
Professor Chen completed his PhD at the University of Wollongong where his research expertise is a combination of lightweight materials and nanostructures for energy storage and conversion with batteries, fuel cells, and solar cells.
Most notably, Dr. Chen was the recipient of China’s most prestigious national natural science award winning second prize in 2011.
He has published more than 150 SCI journal papers and has had his works cited more than 5000 times. He has edited four books on energy chemistry and advanced batteries and is the co-inventor of 20 patents in China, Europe and the US for application in battery industries. He has trained and mentored four post-doctorates, 25 Ph.D. students, and 33 Master of Science/Master of Engineering students.
Among Dr. Chen’s accolades is his position as vice chairman of the Chinese Society of Electrochemistry and as a member of the Science and Technology Committee (Ministry of Education). Until 2004, he was a member of the experts of the National 863 Project (Ministry of Science & Technology) and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Department of Chemistry of National Natural Science Foundation of China. Dr Chen has been the Vice Chairman of the Tianjin Materials Society since 2008.
“Professor Chen is a very diligent scholar and very productive in his research field. As the Director of the Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials Chemistry, his great achievement in his field has won him both national and international reputation,” said ACAA Awards judge, Dr Bai Xuezhu.
Professor Chen says highlights of his Australian study experience were Australia’s
beautiful natural scenery and harmonious multi-ethnic character, and from a professional point of view, the open and advanced research conditions.
“The Australian study experience shaped my career in China, in not only in reaching my highest education (PhD), but also as the start of my scientific research and education life,” says Professor Chen. ■