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Associate Professor Tong Lin from Deakin University’s Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (ITRI) has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), the largest organisation in Europe and the oldest in the world for advancing the chemical sciences.
“It was a wonderful honour for me,” he said. “When you are elected your name is published in The Times newspaper in London.
“To see my name there along with those of people whom I have always looked up to was a very special moment.”
Associate Professor Tong Lin joins two other Deakin colleagues as Fellows of the Royal Society of Chemists (FRSCs) – Professor Neil Barnett and Associate Professor Qipeng Guo.
Professor Barnett was quick to offer his congratulations to his Deakin colleague.
“The election of Associate Professor Lin to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is international recognition of his outstanding contribution to this discipline by a highly respected learned society, one which is beginning its 170th year of continuous operation,” Professor Barnett said.
“The RSC is supported by a worldwide network of 46,000 members and proudly boasts more than 100 Nobel Prize winners amongst its ranks since the award's inception in 1901.
“Our sincere congratulations go to Associate Professor Lin for this excellent achievement.”
The December announcement of his award topped off a highly successful year for Associate Professor Tong Lin.
He also won the Smart Technology Award during the Smart Geelong Network Researcher of the Year Award.
Professor Peter Hodgson, the Director of ITRI, was another Deakin colleague quick to congratulate Associate Professor Tong Lin on this latest career landmark.
“This again reflects the quality of staff within ITRI,” Professor Hodgson said.
“Tong has developed an outstanding track record that has also enabled him to be Chief Investigator on a number of ARC funded grants. His PhD students have also won a number of prizes.
"Having three FRSCs reflects the rebirth of chemistry as a major discipline at Deakin."
"Increasingly chemistry is underpinning many of the major advances in materials science and nanotechnology - key research areas for Deakin into the future.
"Building molecules for drug delivery, or new polymers with improved properties, or "Green" polymers to reduce the use of harmful chemicals and processes or nanofibres for filtration or cell growth are the types of areas where we now see chemistry playing a major role.
"I think that with staff like Tong Lin we will continue to attract researchers and research grants in this important and growing field."
Associate Professor Tong Lin is a firm advocate of the role nanotechnology will play in the future of not just chemistry at Deakin, but the world generally.
“I believe that we will have the same impact on the way people live as the Internet has had,” he said.
“There are so many applications in a wide range of areas, in medicine, in energy. The potential is enormous.
“It is a wonderful area to be working in, and I am very grateful to Deakin and to ITRI for the opportunities I have been given.”
The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is a professional association in the United Kingdom that has the goal of "advancing the chemical sciences."
Supported by a worldwide network of members and an international publishing business, RSC’s activities span education, conferences, science policy and the promotion of chemistry to the public.
An elected Fellow is a person who has made a major contribution to chemistry.
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