Ludwig Mond Award 2015 Winner

Professor Vivian Yam
Professor Vivian Yam
The University of Hong Kong


Awarded for her work on the innovative design of new strategies utilising non-covalent metal-metal interactions as spectroscopic reporters for host-guest interactions and microenvironment changes, and for chemosensing and biological assays.




About the Winner

Vivian W.W. Yam obtained her BSc (First Class Hons) in 1985 and PhD in 1988 both from The University of Hong Kong. After spending two years on the faculty of the City Polytechnic of Hong Kong (now City University of Hong Kong), she joined the Department of Chemistry in her alma mater in 1990, rising through the academic rank of Senior Lecturer (1995), Reader (1997), and was appointed Chair Professor in 1999. She is currently the Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy and Chair Professor at HKU. She was elected to Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001 at the age of 38 as the youngest member of the Academy, Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2012, and Fellow of the TWAS in 2006.

She was the Laureate of the 2011 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award and recipient of the 2005/06 RSC Centenary Medal, 2005 State Natural Science Award, 2006 Japanese Photochemistry Association Eikohsha Award, 2014 Chinese Chemical Society-China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) Chemistry Contribution Prize, Docteur Honoris Causa (Université de Rennes 1, 2013), 2013 Seaborg Lectureship (UC Berkeley), 2011 Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress, 2007 Hong Kong Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, 2000-01 Croucher Foundation Senior Research Fellowship, 2002 Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Hong Kong and 2008 Hong Kong Outstanding Women Professionals and Entrepreneurs Award.

Her research interests include inorganic and organometallic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, and metal-based molecular functional materials for sensing, organic optoelectronics and energy research.

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