The 2018 National Science and Technology Awards Conference was ceremoniously heldon the morning of January 8. The “Structural Design, Performance Control and Photoelectric Application of Metal-Organic Semiconductors” project, which was completed by the research team led by Academician Huang Wei, was awarded the second prize of the National Natural Science Award of 2018. The participants of the award-winning projects were: Huang Wei, Zhao Qiang, Liu Shujuan, Chen Runfeng, and Sun Huibin. This was the second time that Huang Wei’s team had won this prize after they did so in 2013.
This project explores the field of semiconductor materials in electronic information science. It is dedicated to overcoming the limitations of organic semiconductor applications and developing metal-organic semiconductors and devices with high-performance and multi-function. As such, it has scored a number of innovative breakthroughs. For instance, the discovery of new principles of semiconductor structural design enables the manufacturing of high-performance phosphorescent materials and light-emitting devices. In addition, a new design strategy of information storage featuring multi-stage and intelligent response contributes to the crafting of high-density and high-security memory unit. What’s more, the project also develops long-life metal polymer semiconductor biosensors able to obtain high signal-to-noise ratio detection results. Eight papers of the project were publishedrepresentatively in international authoritative journals such as Nat. Commun., Adv. Mater., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., and some of them were selected as Highly Cited Papers and Hot Papers according to Essential Science Indicators (ESI) released by Clarivate Analytics, attracting extensive attention from peer experts at home and abroad. The results of the above-mentioned project are of great significance to the development of organic electronic information industry with independent intellectual property rights in China.
As for Academian Huang, he published the monograph Organic Electronics (Science Press) and participated in the compilation of two English monographs. His main achievements have won him the first prize of the 2016 Ministry of Education Natural Science Award and the first prize of the 2010 Jiangsu Science and Technology Award.