Oxford Instruments announces winners of the 2015 Sir Martin Wood Science Prize for China
28 April 2015

Oxford Instruments is delighted to announce Dr Jian WANG from Peking University and Dr Shiyan LI from Fudan University as the joint winners of the 2015 Sir Martin Wood Science Prize for China.

Dr Jian WANG is a young experimentalist in condensed matter physics. He has been awarded with the 2015 Sir Martin Wood Science Prize in recognition of his outstanding achievement on the study of interface-enhanced superconductivity at 2D limit and potential to topological superconductivity. Dr WANG gained a Ph.D under the supervision of Professor Qi-Kun XUE at the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He spent five years in Professor Moses CHAN’s group at the Pennsylvania State University as a Post Doctorate Researcher and Research Associate. In 2010, he joined the International Center for Quantum Materials, School of Physics, Peking University as an Associate Professor. In 2011, he was selected as the Fellow of China Thousand Talents Program for Young Scientists. In 2012, he was selected as the Leader for National Young Scientists Projects and supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China for Excellent Young Scientists.

Dr Shiyan LI is an expert at measuring the ultra low temperature transport and thermodynamic properties of correlated electronic materials. His group is one of few groups in the field that can use ultra-low temperature heat transport technique to probe the superconducting gap structure of superconductors and low energy magnetic excitations in quantum magnets. Dr LI gained a Ph.D under the supervision of Professor Xianhui CHEN in the University of Science and Technology of China. He completed Post Doctorate research in four and half years in Professor Louis TAILLEFER’s group at the University of Toronto/University of Sherbrooke, Canada. In 2007, he came back to join the Laboratory of Advanced Materials in Fudan University as a researcher. In 2010, he was appointed ‘Eastern Scholar’ at Shanghai Institutions of Higher Learning. In 2012, he was appointed the ‘Xie Xide’ Young Chair Professor of the Department of Physics in Fudan University. In 2014, he was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China for Excellent Young Scientists.

The selection committee for the Sir Martin Wood Science Prize for China was very pleased to recognize their efforts in condensed matter physics. The committee consists of leading physicists in China and is chaired by Prof. Zhongxian ZHAO, fellow of the Chinese Academy.

Dr WANG and Dr LI were awarded with the trophies, certificates and a total cash prize of 100,000 RMB during the LT Conference in Hangzhou, China on 1st April, where they presented their work before a large gathering of eminent scientists and physicists from all over China. "It truly is an honour to be the recipient of this prestigious prize and we are grateful to Oxford Instruments and the Sir Martin Wood Science Prize Committee for recognising our work in condensed matter physics", commented the winners.

The objective of the Sir Martin Wood Science Prize for China is to promote and recognise the novel work of young scientists working in the fields of low temperatures, high magnetic fields and surface science in China. Oxford Instruments is aware that there is a critical and often difficult stage for many between completing their Ph.D and gaining a permanent research position. The company therefore would like to help individuals who are producing innovative work, by offering assistance both financially and promoting their research work through a series of sponsorship programs.
 

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