“For establishing fundamental understanding of the interfacial properties of biological systems and transforming that insight into commercialized bioinspired materials with properties better than those of natural systems”
Lei Jiang received his B.S. degree in physics in 1987, and an M.S. degree in chemistry in 1990 from Jilin University. From 1992 to 1994, he studied at Tokyo University as a China-Japan joint course Ph.D. student and received a Ph.D. in 1994 from Jilin University. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Tokyo University. In 1996, he was a senior researcher at the Kanagawa Academy of Sciences and Technology. In 1999, Jiang joined the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) as a professor where he presently serves. In 2008, he set up the School of Chemistry and Environment at Beihang University and also served there as dean. He was elected an academician of the CAS in 2009 and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in 2012. In 2010, he held the honor of Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Jiang also serves as a co-chairman of small and various editorial advisory boards that include Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Materials Interfaces, Soft Matter, NPG Asia Materials, Biomicrofluidics, Nano Research, Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry and Materials Research Innovations. He received many awards, including the TWAS Chemistry Award in 2011 and the Heliang-Heli Prize in 2013.
Jiang's scientific interest focuses on bio-inspired interfacial materials with super-wettability. He has published two books, three book chapters and more than 400 SCI journal articles, which include publications in Nature (2), Nature Nanotechnology (1), Nature Materials (1), Nature Communications (2), Chemical Society Reviews (5), Accounts of Chemical Research (4), Angewandte Chemie International Edition (25), Journal of the American Chemical Society (22), and Advanced Materials (65). His work has been cited more than 23,000 times; the H index is over 70. Jiang is focused on transferring research findings in the laboratory to practical products in the market. He holds 40 granted patents, 56 pending patent applications, and co-founded three technology companies.
At the 2014 MRS Spring Meeting, Jiang delivered an award talk entitled "Bio-inspired Interfacial Materials with Super-Wettability."