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Prof. Richard R. Schrock, Nobel laureate, appointed Honorary Professor of UESTC

published: 2017-05-22 15:21:31       hits: 

Professor Richard R. Schrock, an American chemist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and one of the Nobel laureates of Chemistry in 2005, was appointed Honorary Professor on May 15th. Professor Li Yanrong, President of the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), met with Prof. Richard R. Schrock and granted him with a letter of appointment.

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Prof. Li extended a warm welcome to Prof. Richard R. Schrock. He said that MIT, as a world-renowned research-oriented university, has exerted a significant impact on generations of people from UESTC. MIT have made remarkable achievements in developing from a single-line university to one of science and engineering and then constructing liberal arts, which sets an excellent example for UESTC. Having developed over 60 years, UESTC spares no efforts in strengthening advantages in electronic information with unique features, while making great progress in many aspects, such as discipline construction, talent training and faculty development. Among 16,000 outstanding alumni of UESTC, those in the field of IT, one of China’s pillar industries, have developed into an important force in pushing forward China’s new growth drivers in terms of the scale of backbone talents, market capitalization created and their social influence. He also indicated that Prof. Richard R. Schrock, the first chemistry scientist from MIT having visited UESTC, will always be welcome to visit and provide guidance in developing chemistry in our school.

Prof. Richard R. Schrock expressed his thanks for UESTC’s kind invitation. He said that MIT, although most famous for its engineering and computer science with a smaller scale of chemistry, had made far-reaching achievements in chemistry. He was very pleased to be appointed an honorary professor of UESTC and hoped to visit Chengdu often and make interactions with teachers and students. He also warmly invited President Li to visit MIT.

Attendants included Prof. Shen Xiaorong, Vice-Chairman of University Council, Prof. Liu Mingzhen, Prof. Deng Xu and Prof. Li Yanbo, professionals recruited by national “Recruitment Program of Global Experts” (known as “the Thousand Talents Plan”), and relevant personnel in charge from Department of Human Resources, Institute of Fundamental and Frontier Science, and School of Microelectronics and Solid-State Electronics.

 

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Prof. Richard R. Schrock shared his chemical research journey with students at UESTC’s Forum later that day. He likewise likened the olefin metathesis to “an exchange of partners in chemical reactions”. Deeply interested in this reaction, he had been dedicated to exploring and innovating the subject for more than ten years. Then he was well-known as the first scientist in the world to elucidate the structure and mechanism of so-called “black box” olefin metathesis catalysts, bringing him the Nobel Prize in chemistry. During the talk, Prof. Schrock reviewed his own growth and experience, especially scientific researches produced at Cambridge University, MIT and DuPont. Moreover, with great enthusiasm, he encouraged UESTC’s students to realize their self-value by finding suitable areas and maximizing their potential.

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This forum is co-sponsored by National Cultural Quality Education Base for University Student and Institute of Fundamental and Frontier Science, and organized by School of Microelectronics and Solid-State Electronics, School of Energy Science and Engineering and Graduate School.

Translator: Chen Shuyan