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Professor Xue Qikun Wins
China's Future Science Prize in Physical Science

FOR GROUNDBREAKING DISCOVERIES OF NOVEL QUANTUM PHENOMENA

The first winners of the Future Science Prize were announced on September 19, 2016. Xue Qikun - who is a Tsinghua University professor, a vice president for research and a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences - won the Physical Science Award of the Future Science Prize for his groundbreaking discoveries of novel quantum phenomena using molecular beam epitaxy, including the quantum anomalous Hall effect and monolayer FeSe superconductivity. Dennis Lo Yuk-ming, professor of chemical pathology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, won the Life Science Award of the Future Science Prize.

In 2013, Professor Xue Qikun and his colleagues were the first in the world to report their experimental observation on the quantum anomalous Hall effect[1]. They also pioneered in the discovery of another example of low-dimension high-temperature superconductivity, the interface induced high-temperature superconductivity in single unit-cell FeSe films on SrTiO3[2]. Xue's discoveries have been validated by many researchers, and are significant for future scientific progress in the fast-emerging fields of topological insulators and high-temperature superconductors.

As China's first non-governmental science award, the Future Science Prize was launched by a group of Chinese scientists and entrepreneurs of the Future Forum in January, 2016, with two categories to be awarded. The Future Forum has established a set of rules regarding the awards. Selected candidates could be an individual or a team, and could also be foreigners, but they should do their research work in China, including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, and their research should have originality, long-term significance and great international influence. The winners went through numerous rounds before ultimately being selected for the awards, including their respective nominations, professional appraisals, reviews from international experts, and secret ballots from the judging panel. The prize has been dubbed by the Chinese media as the Chinese version of the Nobel Prize.

References

[1] C. Z. Chang et al., Science 340, 167 (2013).
[2] Q. Y. Wang et al., Chin. Phys. Lett. 29, 037402 (2012).