SCNU held the 2023 Sino-Dutch Forum on Advanced Materials at the South China Academy of Advanced Optoelectronics on November 12, aiming to deepen cooperation and exchange in the field of advanced materials between universities in China and the Netherlands.

The convening of the forum is a concrete measure to implement the memorandum of understanding on Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation, signed in September this year. It also offers a communication platform to promote stable cooperation between the two countries in advanced materials. It strengthens cooperation in joint training, mutual visits and hires, and joint research between the universities of the two countries. It expands the international cooperation platform in the field of materials science. It also deepens the consensus of developing the platform together, integrating and leading the global technology innovation network.

Wang Enke, president of SCNU, indicated that advanced material was the material base and fundamental guarantee of the new round of sci-tech revolution and industrial transformation, and determined the development level of high technology, high-end manufacturing and significant projects. Thus, it is an important domain where countries around the world seize the commanding heights of technology.

Wang said the forum was an international exchange and learning event held by SCNU. He therefore hoped that experts share their insights on the latest scientific research achievements and together explore further cooperation and development.


President Wang Enke delivers a speech.

Antoni Mandemaker, acting consul general of the consulate-general of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Guangzhou, said that the Netherlands and China had attached great importance to the innovation development of technology. Both sides have cooperated in many areas, pursued a series of policies and invested to promote the collaborative construction of scientific research projects. He hopes that the two countries continue to enhance exchanges in various disciplines and overcome difficulties based on cooperation, to make contributions to the joint development of scientific and technological innovation.

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Antoni Mandemaker delivers a lecture.

Zhou Guofu, dean of the South China Academy of Advanced Optoelectronics, chaired and addressed the opening ceremony. He reported the cooperation progress and achievements between SCNU and Dutch universities and introduced the current situation and trends of the E-paper, especially the new progress the team made in the field of electrowetting electronic paper.


Zhou Guofu chairs and addresses the opening ceremony.

The project report session was chaired by Professor Chen Jiawen of South China Normal University. The reporters and attendees had in-depth exchange and discussions on the cooperation mode and future directions.

Bernard L. Feringa, 2016 Nobel Prize winner, vice president and academician of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), explained the principles of synthetic molecular machines.


Bernard L. Feringa, vice president and academician of KNAW.

Dirk J. Broer, academician of KNAW, delivered a speech on motorized liquid crystals make chirality perform work, introducing the achievements made through cooperation between SCNU and Eindhoven University of Technology.


Dirk J. Broer, academician of KNAW, delivers a speech.

Academician Jiang Lei, Dr. Pan Junyou and Professor Chu Liangyong delivered their speeches respectively on “super-wetting materials, energy conversion and information transmission material, and quantum-confined superfluids in chemical reactions”, “technique for obtaining the ink for printing”, and “development of bio-based self-healing coatings and anti-corrosion coatings”.

In addition, Shui Lingling, dean of the School of Information and Optoelectronic Science and Engineering of South China Normal University, introduced the preparation of monodisperse droplets based on droplet microfluidic technology in multiphase systems such as water-in-oil, oil-in-water, oil-in-water-in-oil, and aqueous two-phase system in the range of nanometers to micrometers.

SCNU Professor Laurens de Haan summarized the research progress of responsive photonic devices based on cholesteric liquid crystal polymers, with a focus on the achievements in the field of photonic actuators through cooperation between SCNU and Eindhoven University of Technology.

SCNU Professor Wang Da shared the latest research progress on mesoscopic self-assembly of colloidal. He stated that he will lead the research group to continue in-depth international cooperation with Utrecht University on soft matter and advanced structural characterization.


Experts deliver their keynote speeches. 

Since 2014, the South China Advanced Optoelectronics Research Institute representing SCNU, has carried out multi-dimensional cooperation with many well-known universities in the Netherlands. Through the cooperation, it has made great progress in scientific research and technological achievement transformation.

South China Normal University will continue to uphold the spirit of cooperation between Chinese and Dutch universities, pursue high-quality innovative development in scientific research and promote the long-term friendship between China and the Netherlands in the field of science and technology.

Source from SCNU News Center

Translated by Wu Jiadan, Liao Zhanting, Zeng Wenting

Proofread by Edwin Baak

Edited by Wang Yingmin


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