Young scholars win recognition, higher positions for outstanding achievements

Professor Li Dong at Hunan University Photo: People's Daily

A young professor at Hunan University (HNU) in central China's Hunan Province has gained high praise from netizens with his brilliant academic performance.
 
Li Dong, 28, was hired as a professor by the College of Material Sciences and Engineering of HNU just after getting his doctor's degree from Tongji University (TJU) in Shanghai in 2018.
 
Li's research field is two-dimensional material and heterojunction. He published up to 17 SCI papers when studying for a doctorate at TJU and was rated as an academic pioneer.
 
Li also put forward concepts of optoelectronic transistor and programmable and optoelectronic storage and achieved photovoltaic conversion, logical operation and information storage.
 
His research results have been published in top journals such as Nature Nanotechology, Nano Letters and Advanced Functional Materials and gained widespread recognition.
 
Li is not alone in terms of making outstanding achievement at an early age.
 
Liu Lu, 27, was hired as a researcher by her alma mater Central South University (CSU) in Hunan in 2012 after decoding seetapun enigma which has troubled mathematicians across the world for over two decades.
 
"Liu's academic performance is beyond our imagination," President Zhang Yaoxue of CSU said. "We did so just to give recognition to young scholars."
 
And Liu Mingzhe, 28, was appointed as deputy dean at the School of Materials and Energy of the University of Electronic Science and Technology (UEST) in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, early this year.
 
She obtained her bachelor's degree at the University of Bristol when she was only 21. She then received her master's at Cambridge University and her doctor's at Oxford over a 3-year span.
 
Liu published a thesis in science journal Nature at the age of 23, the youngest Asian female scholar to do so.
 
In 2015, Liu was included in China's Recruitment Program of Global Experts, a national program aiming to attract more overseas talents.
 
Before being appointed as deputy dean at UEST, Liu also led the establishment of the college's Applied Chemistry Research Center.
 
Many netizens marveled at the scholars' achievements on China's Twitter-like Weibo following reports of their experiences.
 
"As a member of the generation born in the 1990s, I lead a relatively ordinary lifestyle. I admire them," one netizen commented under a post on Weibo.
 
"They must have something special to be so excellent," another netizen said.

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