Recently, the list of awardees for the 2020 NSF Outstanding Young Researchers was officially announced, and 14 people from Peking University were selected. Among them are three faculty members from the College of Engineering, namely, Professors Yongmao Pei, Shaojun Guo, and Peng Xi.
The award is a special science fund established by Natural Science Foundation (NSF) of China to recognize outstanding young scientists and researchers who have entered the forefront of world science and technology. Established in 1994, the fund has been released each year with an awardee/candidate rate of not exceeding 10%.
In 2020, 300 projects were supported, each with a funding of 4 million yuan, with an exception of 2.8 million yuan each for mathematics and management science, with a funding period of 5 years. Up to now, the total number of recipients of the "NSF Outstanding Young Researchers" award at Peking University has reached 294.
Shaojun Guo, Yongmao Pei, and Peng Xi
Professor Yongmao Pei focuses on the research on smart materials and structural mechanics, composite material mechanics, experimental mechanics methods and instrument development. Original results have been achieved in the multi-field coupling mechanics theory of advanced materials and structures and the development of scientific instruments, and the mechanical design methods of lightweight multifunctional materials and structures.
Professor Shaojun Guo is interested in the research of energy materials and energy chemistry in interdisciplinary fields, especially in fuel cells, hydrogen energy and energy storage batteries. He proposed a new method of material strain regulation and catalysis. He developed a series of new-concept electro/photocatalytic materials with a significant improvement on the catalytic performance of fuel cells and hydrogen energy.
Professor Peng Xi has been engaged in biomedical photonics research. He focuses on the development and application of new principles, new methods and new technologies of super-resolution microscopy. His original results have an international impact.