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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, 2007-2009

  12. Applied Chemistry Lecture Series, Key Laboratory of Polymer Ecomaterials, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2010

  13. Chang-Jiang Professor Scholarship (in Donghua University, Shanghai), Education Ministry of China, 2008-2013

  14. ACS recognition for "service on the ACS PRF Research Fund Advisory Board”, 2006-2012

  15. Patent of the Year Award, Long Island Technology Hall of Fame, 2013

  16. Molecular Science Frontier Lecture Professorship of 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), 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. AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador, 2016

  26. Who's Who in America, 2016

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