BEIJING, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- One of China's top chemists, Bai Chunli,
becomes the first Chinese scientist honored by the Royal Society of Chemistry
(RSC) of the United Kingdom for his innovative research on chemistry.
Richard Pike, RSC chief executive officer, granted the certificates of the
honorary fellow of the RSC to Bai in Beijing, the Chinese Academy of Sciences
(CAS) website reported on Friday.
Bai is among the 87 global academic celebrities, including a handful of
Nobel laureates in chemistry, to earn the extraordinary honor. The RSC
constitution stipulates the total number of honorary fellows should be no more
than 120 and they must undergo a rigorous nomination and election process.
The 54-year-old chemist, deputy CAS president and president of the Chinese
Chemical Society, is leading the most cutting-edge research on molecular
nanostructure and nanotechnology in China, which earned him election in April
2006 as the elite foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
Bai studied as a postdoctorate at the California Institute of Technology
from 1985 to 1987, and previously focused on the structure and properties of
polymer catalysts and molecular mechanics, which are core and original studies
in physical chemistry.
In the mid 1980s, Bai shifted his academic interest to scanning tunnelling
microscopy and molecular nanotechnology, which are expected to lay the
theoretical basis for developing revolutionary materials in the nanometer scale.
Bai has netted almost all major national science awards and was named an
RSC fellow in 2006.
As chief scientist for a national steering committee of nanasicence and
related technologies, Bai masterminds research strategies for China in the
The RSC, which groups more than 44,000 members from diverse areas of the
chemical sciences worldwide, is the largest organization in Europe for advancing
the chemical sciences.