Professor Stanislaus S. Wong from the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University has received the 2015 American Chemical Society (ACS) Inorganic Nanoscience Award, which recognizes sustained excellence, dedication and perseverance in research in the area of inorganic nanoscience. The award is sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s NanoCenter.
Professor Wong will present his research during a half-day award symposium during the 250th ACS National Meeting and Exposition in Boston this August.
“I am truly honored and humbled to have earned this prestigious distinction,” said Wong. “Moreover, it is a culmination of the sustained efforts of my group over many years, and hence, I am both pleased and grateful that the community has recognized our collective contributions to inorganic nanoscience.”
Wong holds a joint appointment with the Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Sciences Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory. In 2012, he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Faculty Fellowship and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to support his research, which focuses on two main areas, namely carbon nanotube chemistry and the synthesis of novel structural motifs at the nanoscale.
“Professor Stanislaus Wong’s work is a testament to the groundbreaking and translational work being done by our faculty who hold joint SBU-BNL appointments,” said Dennis N. Assanis, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stony Brook University. “Professor Wong’s research in nanotube chemistry and nanostructure synthesis will significantly broaden the potential impact and practical applicability of nanostructures.”
“I commend Professor Wong for his creative research efforts that have resulted in high impact science,” said Nicole Sampson, chair of the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook. “High impact interdisciplinary science requires new insights into existing problems that occur as a result of bringing together researchers from wide-ranging backgrounds. In part, Stan’s success is due to the diverse research team he has assembled and mentored — great job!”
Wong and his team are fundamentally interested in structure-property correlations and work with diverse types of nanomaterials to create unique combinations of properties and desirable functionalities that have rarely been found within discrete structures. Indeed, the concept is that the whole is often more interesting than the sum of its individual parts and that therefore, chemical synthesis can be used to influence and potentially impact upon favorable structure – property correlations.
As a specific example, Wong’s group has focused on the synthesis and characterization of metal-containing nanostructures with precise, well-defined control over size, shape, purity, sample quality and crystallinity. In particular, the team has made advances in the use of solution-based protocols to generate novel functional nanoscale architectures with the objective of gaining valuable insights into designing high-performing “building blocks” that can be used in applications ranging from solar and fuel cells, energy storage, electronics, nanomedicine, and more.
— Lynne Roth