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Jin Li, academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS) and Zhao Dongyuan, academician of CAS, appointed respectively honorary professor and special term professor of IMU

On the afternoon of July 27, 2022, IMU held a ceremony to appoint honorary professor and special term professor. Jin Li, academician of CAS and geneticist, was appointed honorary professor of IMU. Zhao Dongyuan, academician of CAS, chemist and energy scientist, was appointed special term professor of IMU and president IMU Academy of Energy and Materials Chemistry(AEMC). Zhang Fanselectee of the Program for One Thousand High-Level Talents from Abroad was appointed executive  president of AEMC.

 

Appointment ceremony

Attendees of the ceremony also included Liu Zhiyu, secretary of IMU CPC Committee, Wu Limin, deputy secretary of IMU CPC Committee and executive vice president of IMU, Liu Jiuwan, deputy secretary of IMU CPC Committee, Zhang Jiwei, vice president of IMU, Gao Guanglai, vice president of IMU and Liu Yongbin, vice president of IMU, Bai Tuoya, deputy secretary of the Institute of Transportation of IMU and dean the institute, heads of divisions and offices concerned of IMU, members of the leading teams of the School of Life Sciences and the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and backbone teachers from the schools. The ceremony was chaired by Zhang Jiwei, vice president of IMU.  

At the ceremony, Wu Limin announced the IMU decision on the appointment.

Liu Zhiyu conferred the honorary professor appointment letter on Jin Li, academician of CAS, the special term professor appointment letter on Zhao Dongyuan, academician of CAS and the executive president of AEMC appointment letter on Zhang Fan.

Liu Zhiyu, secretary of IMU CPC Committee, confers the honorary professor appointment letter on Jin Li, academician of CAS.

Liu Zhiyu, secretary of IMU CPC Committee, confers the special term professor appointment letter on Zhao Dongyuan, academician of CAS.

Liu Zhiyu, secretary of IMU CPC Committee, confers the executive president of AEMC appointment letter on Prof. Zhang Fan.

In his address to the ceremony, Wu Limin said that IMU is in a journey to strive for building itself into a first-class university with unique characteristics and has a lot of difficulties and challenges to be explored and addressed in practice and it needs the wisdom and talents from its pairing-assistance universities. Wu said that Jin Li and Zhao Dongyuan, academicians of CAS, are strategic scientists in biology, chemistry, energy and materials, “key few” who lead in technology progress and scientific and technological leaders that concern themselves with “key issues” of the country and take great responsibility for key products and technologies of the country. To be the members of IMU Advisory Council of Development Strategies and honorary professor and special term professor of IMU fully shows their care and support for the development of IMU. He hoped that two academicians can give full play to their strengths and expertise to give IMU their advice on the discipline construction, attraction and cultivation of excellent teachers, cultivation of top-notch students, building of research platforms, output of high-end achievements and international exchange and cooperation, pass on their valuable experience to IMU and lead IMU’s construction of disciplines like biology and chemistry to a higher level. Wu also hoped that two appointed professors can have better knowledge of IMU, publicize the university and serve as a bridge between the university and the high-level talents and recommend high-level talents for IMU to provide strong talent security and intelligent support for the development of the university.

Wu Limin, deputy secretary of IMU CPC Committee and executive vice president of IMU addresses the ceremony.

On behalf of the appointed professors, Zhao Dongyuan, academician of CAS, addressed the ceremony. He said that Fudan University and IMU had close relationship in history and brotherly friendship and it was a great honor to be appointed special term professor of IMU. He said that he would put all heart into his future work at IMU and development of IMU. He said that chemistry and materials science of IMU have very solid basis. Zhao pointed out that Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region is rich in mineral resources and the energy industry and materials industry here will have a very promising future. Zhao also said that chemistry and materials science, as the key fields, are closely related to the regional economic development. As the special term professor and president of AEMS, he said, he would give play to his strengths and ability to provide guiding advice and help in planning of key research projects, construction of key research platforms and attraction and cultivation of young talents and make his own contributions to IMU’s “Double-First-Class” building and construction and development of the disciplines of chemistry and materials science.

Zhao Dongyuan, academician of CAS, addresses the ceremony on behalf of the appointed professors.

Zhang Jiwei, vice president of IMU, chairs the ceremony.

Jin Li, academician of CAS, mainly researches on the genetic structure of a population, origin and migration of a population, complex genetic diseases of human beings and computational biology. He has published over 800 articles in such top international academic journals as Nature, Science and Cell, which have been cited 44,000 times. Jin Li has won such awards as the Second Prize of National Natural Science Award, Tan Jiazhen Life Sciences Award, Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress of Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation.

Zhao Dongyuan, academician of CAS, renowned scholar in the field of mesoporous materials and internationally renowned materials chemist, has made outstanding contributions to mesoporous materials synthesis. He is chairman of IMMA(International Mesoporous Material Association) and invented over 20 mesoporous materials named after Fudan University. Zhao has published over 800 academic articles in SCI journals which have been cited nearly 130,000 times. Zhao has won the first prize of National Natural Science Awards, the first prize of Natural Science Awards of the Ministry of Education. In 2021 and 2022, Zhao was rated as the scientist by Reuters who was most quoted in chemistry and materials science and the most internationally influential Chinese scientist.

Zhang Fan, professor with the Department of Chemistry of Fudan University, awardee of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, focuses on the research of bio-nano technology and bioanalysis. He has published over 100 articles in SCI journals. He has won the first prize for National Natural Science Awards, the first prize of Natural Science Awards of the Ministry of Education, Hou Debang Chemical Engineering Technological Award, and Scientific and Technological Progress of Shanghai City.

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