Dongyuan Zhao – Winner of the 2018 JCIS Darsh Wasan Award

Professor Dongyuan Zhao, Fudan University, is recipient of the 2018 JCIS Darsh Wasan Award.

Dongyuan Zhao is celebrated for his outstanding contributions to a range of topics in surface and colloid chemistry, notably the interfacial assembly of ordered mesoporous materials for broad applications in catalysis, energy storage/conversion, separation, adsorption, and biomedicine. From a broader perspective, his research has resulted in paradigm-shifting works on the synthesis of ordered mesoporous materials. He is one of the inventors of the most well-known mesoporous material (SBA-15), and has discovered two families (SBA and FDU) of novel ordered mesoporous materials, which are now widely used and further explored in the world. In another line of work, Dongyuan’s research has resulted in the development of a solution coating route to synthesize functional core-shell mesoporous materials, with a variety of highly ordered mesopore channels. The method has inspired many other research groups in the world to construct core-shell nanospheres, with applications, e.g., in petroleum oil industry and in biological applications. Complementing his basic research, Dongyuan has been instrumental in the development of practical and industrial applications of his research. For instance, his discoveries and inventions have been successfully utilized for production of several novel catalysts in the ton scale, used for hydrocracking of heavy oil with high efficiency and low cost.

In addition to his contributions to academic science and industrial development, Dongyuan has taken broad responsibility for the scientific community, e.g., by serving as editor for several journals (including Journal of Colloid and Interface Science - JCIS 2008-2015). With a legacy of seminal papers, combining surface and colloid chemistry with nanotechnology and material science, Dongyuan is highly regarded by colleagues and peers. Therefore, his nomination to the JCIS Darsh Wasan Award has met with wide approval.