School of Energy and Environment’s Dr. Yun Hau Ng is among the finalists for the 2019 ASPIRE Prize. His research in mimicking natural photosynthesis to generate renewable energy is being considered for this prize. Dr. Ng specializes in using sunlight to split water into clean hydrogen. ASPIRE is an annual award that recognizes young scientists across the Pacific Rim region who demonstrate excellence in scientific research, this year the ASPIRE Prize promotes innovative research that advances society through “natural laboratories”.
The ‘laboratory’ of nature has inspired generations of scientists to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. In turn, the scientists’ innovative approaches inspire us to pursue economic growth that is sustainable in the long-term,” said Dr. Fabiola Leon-Velarde Servetto, Chair of the APEC Policy Partnership for Science, Technology, and Innovation, which oversees the prize. The press release highlights that this year’s ASPIRE Prize nominees represent APEC’s most inventive minds and were nominated for their scientific accomplishments and cross-border collaboration.