Chinese scholar wins Germany’s top research award

Chinese scholar Zhuang Xiaoying, together with five others, have received one of Germany’s most valuable research awards.

The Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards will enable the winners to set up their own research teams in Germany.

Zhuang, an associate professor at Tongji University in Shanghai, is the seventh Chinese to win the award since 2002.

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)ZHUANG XIAOYING, Associate professor, Tongji University:
“It’s a great honor for me to get the award. I hope I can make more achievements in Germany, and bring them to back China.”

The 32-year-old says she will start her research project focusing on nano-composite materials at the University of Hannover.

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)ZHUANG XIAOYING, Associate professor, Tongji University:
“I’m working on an open source computer simulation platform which will help engineers and scientists design a new generation of composite materials.”

The Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, financed by the German Ministry of Education and Research, aims to integrate international talents into collaborations with German academics at the beginning of their promising careers.

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