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HKU Physicist Professor YAO Wang being awarded of the 2021 Xplorer Prize

Congratulations to Professor YAO Wang, Chair Professor in Department of Physics, for his being awarded of the 2021 Xplorer Prize. Supported by Tencent, Xplorer Prize is presented to young scientists under the age of 45 who demonstrate exceptional quality and innovation in their field of research. Professor Yao is highly acclaimed scholars with international recognition, and ranked by Clarivate Analytics in the top 1% worldwide.


As a global research leader on condensed matter physics, quantum physics and optics, Professor Yao is currently focusing 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.


HKU is on the frontlines of ground-breaking research across academic disciplines – and the academic excellence our faculties exert great impacts in the research community. We hope Professor Yao can continue to pioneer in quantum physics of atomically thin semiconductors.


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Professor YAO Wang

Professor YAO Wang

Department of Physics