The title of ‘Researcher of the Year’ is the highest award that the International Association of Advanced Materials honours scientists and researchers with. Every year, the association announces the ‘Researcher of the Year’ with a lot of pride to recognize the hard work and path-breaking efforts of a scientist towards the advancement of materials to global excellence. In the last decade, the title of ‘Researcher of the Year’ conferred by IAAM become one of the highest regarded honours that any researcher or scientist working in an interdisciplinary scientific field can have the pleasure to receive.
Since the title of ‘Researcher of the Year’ is the top-most award conferred upon researchers by IAAM, the association is quite selective regarding it. This highly prestigious honour is conferred upon a researcher or scientist who has been a leader in an important interdisciplinary field of science. All over the globe, any scientist or researcher who has made some really outstanding contributions to the world of science with their research and results along with making efforts towards the dissemination of scientific education, promotion of materials science research and its application is considered eligible for this honour. The achievements and contributions during a set time period is considered for the selection.
The 2019 awardee for the prestigious title of ‘Researcher of the Year’ was Prof. Enge Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Peking University, China. Professor Wang is the President of the renowned institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences and President Emeritus of Peking University, China. Over the years, he has been one of the leading contributors to the areas of Surface Physics and nanotechnology research. One of the biggest contributions that he has made is the development of the Reaction-Limited-Aggregation (RLA) which is the opposite of the conventional Diffusion-Limited-Aggregation (DLA) production model. It gives a description of the morphological evolution of two-dimensional islands in the presence of a surfactant. Moreover, his work on the water-surface coupling and the strength of the hydrogen bonds at the interfaces has given rise to a fundamental understanding of water on surface at the molecular level. The list of Prof. Wang’s achievements is quite long. In simple words, he has made vast contributions as a scientist, academician, educationist, and researcher to the entire nanotechnology community by developing various novel nanomaterials.