Two SCNU projects have received 4 million yuan funding support from the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, according to the list of the 2022 National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars released on September 8. This is the best result SCNU has ever achieved in the program, winning two at one time.

One of the funded projects named "Quantum Manipulation Research Based on Cold Atoms" is focused on the study of the frontier field of quantum manipulation of cold atoms. It aims to solve the key scientific problems related to the field of quantum mechanics, develop new technologies for precise manipulation of cold atoms and explore a new direction for physical research of cold atoms.

The other project "Metal-Oxo Cluster Chemistry" aims to realize the "double-carbon" target, which is China's goal of "carbon peaking and carbon neutrality". It learns from the photosynthesis system in nature and chooses metal-based clusters with different functions to build a new stable crystalline metal-based heteroclusters assemblies, in order to achieve the artificial photosynthesis process that involves the conversion from CO2 to C2+ products.

In the vital period of developing "double first-class" disciplines and a high-level university, the funds approval for two projects has great significance in improving the scientific research level in the field of physics and chemistry and promoting the original innovation and frontier exploration of SCNU. It also marks a historical breakthrough for SCNU in the independent training of national outstanding youth. Another SCNU scholar won the same award in 2011.

The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars is a high-level funding category of the National Natural Science Foundation. It mainly supports young scholars under the age of 45 who have made outstanding achievements in fundamental research to independently choose their research directions and carry out innovative research. It has become a highly iconic and influential funding project for youth talents in science and technology in China.

Source from SCNU

Translated by Zeng Wenting, Long Yuchen

Proofread by Edwin Baak

Edited by Li Jianru

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