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Chem Synth 2021;1:11.10.20517/cs.2021.17© The Author(s) 2021.
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Congratulations to the Academician Xin-He Bao’s team and the Academician Dong-Yuan Zhao’s team for winning the first prizes of the State Natural Science Award of China

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    On November 3, 2021, the 2020 State Science and Technology Award Conference was held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.

    Among the five State Science and Technology Awards, the State Natural Science Award is conferred on Chinese citizens who have made major scientific discoveries in clarifying natural phenomena, characteristics and rules in fundamental research and applied fundamental research.

    The two first prizes of the State Natural Science Award in 2020 are all won by research results in the field of chemistry. The team of Academician Xin-He Bao [Figure 1] from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the team of Academician Dong-Yuan Zhao [Figure 2] from Fudan University both won the award.

    Figure 1. Academician Xin-He Bao (Image source: https://www.ustc.edu.cn/info/1007/6941.htm).

    Figure 2. Academician Dong-Yuan Zhao (Image source: http://www.mesogroup.fudan.edu.cn/main.htm).

    The Academician Xin-He Bao’s team proposed the new concept of “nano-confined catalysis” and successfully realized the direct and efficient synthesis of light olefins and high-value chemicals from coal-synthesized gas. It overturned the Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis process, which has dominated the coal chemistry for nearly a century, leading the new trend of efficient and water-saving coal chemistry, laying a theoretical foundation for the “precision” of the catalytic process and catalyst design, and promoting the development of the catalysis discipline.

    The team led by the Academician Dong-Yuan Zhao also won the award for the production and application of ordered mesoporous polymers and carbon materials. They are the first to put forward the idea of organic-organic self-assembled soft template synthesis of mesoporous materials in the world, which is the first time to expand functional mesoporous materials from inorganic frameworks to organic polymer materials, leading the development of the international mesoporous materials field.

    Chemical Synthesis congratulates the team of Academician Xin-He Bao and the team of Academician Dong-Yuan Zhao. We also hope there will be more original research results in the chemistry field to solve important scientific problems in basic research and people's livelihood. Chemical Synthesis will also commit to publishing original research in the field of chemistry continuously, aiming to become the premier resource of seminal and insightful research and showcases for researchers in both academia and industry, and providing a platform of inspiration for the future of chemistry.

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    Zhang M. Congratulations to the Academician Xin-He Bao’s team and the Academician Dong-Yuan Zhao’s team for winning the first prizes of the State Natural Science Award of China. Chem Synth 2021;1:11 . http://dx.doi.org/10.20517/cs.2021.17

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