Dr. Ong Wee Jun Attends 2019 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting


Research Management Center congratulates Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ong Wee Jun from School of Energy and Chemical Engineering for participating in the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany on behalf of Malaysia and Xiamen University Malaysia (XMUM). Dr. Ong was nominated and recommended by the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings (Germany) and Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), as one of the four representatives from Malaysia.

Since 1951, Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting has been held in Lindau, Germany once a year. One of the primary aims of this annual meeting is to provide a rare opportunity for young scientists from around the world to communicate with Nobel Laureates face-to-face. This year, Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting took place from 30 June to 5 July 2019. With the theme “Educate, Inspire, Connect”, a total of around 580 young scientists from 89 countries attended the meeting together with 39 Nobel Laureates.

Dr. Ong was selected as one of the 30 young scientists to present his research. His oral and poster presentations focus on elucidating the reaction mechanism of N2 fixation by single metal-atom on the 2D defective graphitic carbon nitride. This work was an invited contribution to Journal of Materials Chemistry A in view of the 2018 Emerging Investigator and it was also selected as the Front Cover of the Themed Collection.

(Left) Dr. Ong made a 2-minute presentation at the plenary lecture hall at Stadttheater. (Right) Dr. Ong’s poster was selected as one of the 30 best poster abstracts.

During the meeting, Dr. Ong was selected to have the Laureate lunch with Sir Konstantin S. Novoselov, the Nobel Prize for Physics Winner in 2010, to have more personal discussion on graphene or other related 2D nanomaterials with him. Prof. Novoselov is currently a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at National University of Singapore (NUS). Besides Sir Konstantin S. Novoselov, Dr. Ong also had one-to-one chat with Prof. Johann Deisenhofer (German biochemist specializing in natural photosynthesis of plants, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry in 1988) and Prof. William D. Phillips (American physicist specializing in laser cooling, Nobel Laureate in Physics in 1997), sharing insights both in the research field and on how to become an excellent researcher.

Laureate lunch with Sir Konstantin S. Novoselov.

 Dr. Ong with Prof. Johann Deisenhofer, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry in 1988 (Left) and Prof. William D. Phillips, Nobel Laureate in Physics in 1997 (Right).

Dr. Ong said that he would like to thank Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and Xiamen University Malaysia (XMUM) for giving him this wonderful opportunity, which will help to lead his career path as an independent Principal Investigator. He shared his thoughts about the Meeting:

“This meeting has indeed inspired and motivated me to continue to do good science for the benefit of the society. Importantly, by having this experience, I will certainly continue to guide and supervise my undergraduate and graduate students, who are the future pillars of the nation. I feel super proud and honored to represent not only Xiamen University Malaysia (XMUM), but also Malaysia (home country) as a scientist in this prestigious meeting.” 

About Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ong Wee Jun

Dr. Ong Wee Jun is an Associate Professor at School of Energy and Chemical Engineering, XMUM. With an H-index of 33, Dr. Ong has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in SCI journals with a total citation of over 5,900. He is now working as a Visiting Professor at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and University of California, Berkeley in USA under the support of the 2018 Merdeka Award Grant. Most recently, he was selected by the Editor as the inaugural Early Career Advisory Board Member of Langmuir.

For more information about Dr. Ong Wee Jun’s research interests and background, please visit the following link: https://sites.google.com/site/wjongresearch/


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