Chair Professor Zikang TANG, Director of the Institute of Applied Physics and Materials Engineering (IAPME) recently received a commemorative medal for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The medal was jointly awarded by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the State Council, and the Central Military Commission of the CPC.

As an important part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the PRC, the commemorative medals are awarded to individuals who have won national honours and those who have otherwise made significant contributions to society. Professor Tang is an internationally renowned leader in the field of nano-optoelectronic materials. In 1998, he discovered the notable room-temperature ultraviolet (UV) lasing using nano-structured ZnO thin film, which subsequently generated the worldwide interest in ZnO research. The related research paper, which published in the same year on Applied Physics Letter founded by the American Institute of Physics, has now been enthusiastically recognized by the international community and semiconductor industry. This paper was selected as one of the Top 50 of the Most Cited Papers in the past 50 years of Applied Physics Letter in its 50th anniversary celebration in 2012. This research work received the National Natural Science Award in 2003. Prof. Tang has made prominent achievement in his scientific research and has published over 300 papers.

應用物理及材料工程研究院院長湯子康講座教授獲中共中央、國務院、中央軍委頒發“慶祝中華人民共和國成立70周年”紀念章。

紀念章為新中國成立70周年系列慶祝活動的重要組成部分,這次表彰者之一為曾獲得國家級獎勵的人員。湯子康教授是國際知名的納米光電子材料領域領軍人物。1998年,他從納米結構的ZnO薄晶體膜中發現室溫下的紫外激光發射現象。這一發現導致了全球範圍的氧化鋅研究熱潮。其1998年發表在美國的《應用物理通訊》有關氧化鋅紫外激光發射現象研究受到業界極大關注。2012年,該論文被《應用物理通訊》創刊五十周年紀念刊入選為過去50年刊登在該期刊的50篇最高引用率的論文之一。這項工作於2003年獲得國家自然科技獎。湯教授的科研成果累累,在國際學術期刊發表300餘篇論文。