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“Water is a human right.”

We aim to help millions of people in the developing world to get clean water


1.    University of Connecticut Doctoral Fellowship, 1985
2.    SPE/ANTEC Best Technical Papers, 1994 (two), 2002 (one)
3.    DuPont Young Professor Award, 1998 – 2001
4.    Mentor Awards, Research Institute at Stony Brook, 2000
5.    Overseas Visiting Scholarship, National Science Council, Republic of China (Taiwan), 2002, 2006
6.    Fellow, American Physical Society, 2002
7.    Fellow, American Chemical Society, 2011
8.    Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2011; citation reads “for his distinguished contributions to the fields of polymer sciences and water purification, as well as to chemical research and education at Stony Brook University.”
9.    Journal of Controlled Release, Most Cited Paper 2004 Award; “Incorporation and Controlled Release of Hydrophilic Antibiotics Using Poly(lactide-co-glycolide) Based Electrospun Nanofibrous Membranes”, J. Controlled Release, 98(1) 47-56 (2004)
10.    Licensed Innovation Award, Research Foundation of State University of New York, 2005
11.    Special Creativity Award, Division of Materials Research, National Science Foundation, 2007
12.    Chang-Jiang Professor Scholarship (in Donghua University, Shanghai), Education Ministry of China, 2008
13.    Applied Chemistry Lecture Series, Key Laboratory of Polymer Ecomaterials, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2010
14.    ACS recognition for "service on the ACS PRF Research Fund Advisory Board, 2006-2012”, 2013
15.    Patent of the Year Award, Long Island Technology Hall of Fame, 2013
16.    Molecular Science Frontier Lecture Professorship, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2013
17.    Fellow, National Academy of Inventors, 2013
18.    “Dr R A Mashelkar Endowment Lecture on Advanced Materials” at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) - National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), India, 2014
19.    Distinguished Professional Achievement Award, Chinese American Academic and Professional Society (CAAPS), 2014
20.    Tianfu Forum for Polymer Lecture Series, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Polymer Research Institute and College of Polymer Science & Engineering, Sichuan University, 2014
21.    Fellow, Materials Research Society, 2015
22.    Co-operative Research Award (shared with Andy Tsou, ExxonMobil Chemical), American Chemical Society, Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering, 2015
23.    Distinguished Professor of State University of New York, Stony Brook University, 2015
24.    Honorary Professor, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland, 2015
25.    Invention Ambassador, AAAS-Lemelson Foundation, 2016
26.    Elected Member, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, University of Connecticut, 2019
27.    The Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) - The Creativity Prize., 2020
28.    Fellow, International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM), 2021
29.    Honorary Chair Professor in Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan City, Taiwan, 2022

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