Professor Liu Xiaogang from NUS Chemistry is among five top scientists in the world, and the only one from Asia, to be shortlisted for the prestigious A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize.
The prize is awarded annually in recognition of an outstanding achievement in engineering research. It can be awarded in three different fields — medical engineering, microwave/radar engineering or laser/optoelectronic engineering. This year’s theme is lasers and optoelectronics.
The A F Harvey prize is named after the esteemed engineer Dr Arthur Frank Harvey. He bequeathed a generous sum of money to the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) for a trust fund to be set up in his name to further research in this area. The IET has been awarding the prize to worthy academics since 2011 and each winner receives a prize of £350,000.
In his role as a researcher, Prof Liu accelerates the development of novel luminescent nanocrystals for applications in molecular sensing, volumetric 3D displays, optogenetics and X-ray imaging. He is the Associate Editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Nanoscale. He also serves on the editorial boards of Chemistry — An Asian Journal, Advanced Optical Materials, Journal of Luminescence and Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.
His research discoveries include the development of luminescent nanoparticle probes. In 2018 he reported an innovative new type of detector that could convert small doses of X-ray photons into visible light in different colours. This breakthrough shows great promise in revolutionising imaging technology for the medical and electronics industries.
The winner of the prize will be announced in December 2019 and will deliver a keynote lecture on their research at IET London: Savoy Place in Spring 2020.