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HKU Physicist Professor YAO Wang Being Awarded of the 2021 (the Ninth) Nishina Asia Award

Congratulations to Professor YAO Wang, Chair Professor of the Department of Physics, for his being awarded of the 2021 (the Ninth) Nishina Asia Award, in recognition of his pioneering contributions to valleytronics in two-dimensional semiconductors and van der Waals heterostructures.

The Nishina Asia Award was established in 2012 as one of the activities of the Nishina Memorial Foundation. The intent of this award is to recognise outstanding achievements by young Asian scientists in basic physics. 

Professor Yao’s research interests span an interdisciplinary area across condensed matter physics, quantum physics and optics, with a current focus on two-dimensional materials and their heterostructures. He has played a decisive role in creating an important new research direction – valley optoelectronics in 2D materials, which aims to exploit valley, a quantum degree of freedom of electron, in future optoelectronic devices.

Professor Yao is a highly acclaimed scholar with international recognition and ranked by Clarivate Analytics in the list of Highly Cited Researchers for consecutive years since 2018.

For details of the award, please visit here.

Professor YAO Wang

Professor YAO Wang

Department of Physics