NENS 2021 kicks off in Beijing

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: Oct 25, 2021 L M S

The fifth International Conference on Nanoenergy and Nanosystems (NENS 2021), hosted by the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), opened in Beijing on Oct 22.

This year's conference features seven themes to focus on displaying the latest research results in the fields of nanoenergy and nanosystems.

Gao Hongjun, an academic from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and vice president of CAS, said ocean blue energy technology with nanogenerators as the core can efficiently collect ocean wave energy and convert it into electrical energy, providing the possibility for humans to use ocean energy on a large scale and an energy technology path for the world to achieve the goal of peak carbon emissions and carbon neutrality.

Gao pointed out that China is one of the main countries in nanotechnology research in the world. After more than 30 years of development, China's nanotechnology research has been at the forefront of the world, and is facing new major development opportunities. CAS will regard nanoenergy and nanosystems as one of the key research and development areas of nanotechnology and strive to cultivate more scientific research talents in order to make greater contributions to the world's nanotechnology and energy research.

Gao Ruiping, deputy director of National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), said energy has become one of the most important areas in the development of various countries, especially under the peak carbon emissions and carbon neutrality goal. NSFC will support basic research and scientific frontier exploration, support talent and team building and enhance original innovation capabilities to provide knowledge reserves for achieving high-level scientific and technological self-reliance.

After the opening ceremony, nine scholars, including Sun Licheng, CAS foreign member and chair professor of Westlake University and Bao Zhenan, a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering and courtesy professor of Stanford University, were invited to give presentations.

NENS 2021 also selected scientists who made outstanding contributions to nanoenergy and nanosystems and gave them the "Nano Energy Award". Professor Zhang Haixia of Peking University, Professor Zi Yunlong of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Researcher Yang Ya of the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, CAS won the award.