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President Wei Yang Awarded the Honorary Professorship of Zhejiang University to Dr. Sumio Iijima

Date:2010-10-19 Hits:6370

Invited by President Wei Yang, Dr. Sumio Iijima visited Zhejiang University from Oct. 9 to Oct. 12, 2010. Sumio Iijima (飯島 澄男, born May 2, 1939) is a Japanese physicist, often cited as the discoverer of carbon nanotubes. His 1991 paper generated unprecedented interest in the carbon nanostructures and has since fueled intense research in the area of nanotechnology.

The Honorary Professorship appointment ceremony was held in the afternoon on Oct. 11. In the welcome address, President Wei Yang highly appreciated his contributions to the field of nanoscience research. The President noted that, in Zhejiang University, Honorary Professorship is the highest academic honor awarded to international experts and scholars, which is expected to accelerate the pace of international cooperation and promote the development of science research. After the speech, President Wei Yang issued the appointment letter to Dr. Sumio Iijima, which was followed by a lecture titled “Nano-Carbon Materials” in presenting the cutting-edge research in carbon materials.

Professor Iijima also visited the Laboratory of High Performance materials in the Institute of Applied Mechanics at SAA, and talked with young faculties. He told that both accumulation and serendipity were equally important in scientific achievements. Before his “accidentally” discover of carbon nanotubes, he did a research on high resolution transmission electron microscopy for almost 20 years.

President Wei Yang awards the honorary professorship appointment letter to Dr. Sumio Iijima

Dr. Iijima was visiting the Lab for High Performance Materials of Institute of Applied Mechanics at SAA