Huibin Xu, President of Beihang University, Meets Nobel Laureate, Professor Alan J. Heeger
Huibin Xu, academician, president of Beihang University, met with professor Alan Heeger, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in chemistry, expert of the Global Talent Program at Beihang University, at a cordial meeting held on April 10, 2015, at the International Research Institute for Multidisciplinary Science of Beihang University. Relevant officials from the school of chemistry and environmental science and International Research Institute for Multidisciplinary Science attended the meeting.

President Xu extended a warm welcome to professor Heeger on his coming to work at Beihang University, paid tribute to the significant achievements he has made in scientific research, and hoped that major new discoveries at the forefront of science be made during his time at Beihang University, which would lead the university’s cutting-edge research and cultivation of innovative talents through engagement of world-class research, thus contributing significantly to the economic and social development of the city of Beijing through first-class research achievements.

Professor Heeger introduced the latest research progress in collaboration with academician Lei Jiang to president Xu, expressed thanks for the excellent research facilities provided by Beihang University to Heeger Beijing Research and Development Center, and looked forward to the significant role and broad prospects of ultra-invasive technique in relevant fields. Thereafter, academician Lei Jiang made a report on the talent team construction, research and achievements made over the past year at Heeger Beijing Research and Development Center.

Alan J. Heeger is the pioneer in research on conducting polymer, winner of 2000 Nobel Prize in chemistry, professor in the Physics Department and Center for Polymers and Organic Solids at the University of California, Santa Barbara, foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, chief scientist of Heeger Beijing Research and Development Center from June, 2013, and distinguished professor as well as expert of Global Talent Program at Beihang University. Professor Heeger’s main research areas are in physics and material science of polymer and organic optoelectronic materials and devices. He has published more than 1,000 articles, obtained over 50 US patents. His work has been cited more than 100,000 times, the highest among international scientists, H factor 132.

For many years, professor Heeger keeps a close collaborative relationship with Chinese scientists. In June, 2013, Heeger Beijing Research and Development Center was established at Beihang University. It was the first research institution named after a Nobel laureate in Beijing. The center marks the strong cooperation between research teams of professor Heeger and academician Lei Jiang from Beihang, which helps the university in its efforts to make major breakthroughs in organic photovoltaics research, bringing new vitality to the nation’s development in organic optoelectronic functional materials and devices.