Monash University Gippsland chemist, Professor Sam Adeloju, has been named as one of only 1,000 researchers worldwide to the role of Senior Foreign Expert under the 1000 Foreign Talents Program, a major initiative to help increase China’s research capacity and output.
Professor Adeloju, who is the Chair of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at Monash University’s Gippsland campus, was announced as a Senior Foreign Expert following his ongoing role as a Guest Professor in Nanomaterials and Nanosensors with Hefei University of Technology, in China’s Anhui Province, a position he has held since 2010.
Forming part of China’s Foreign Talents Program – a major initiative to help increase research capacity and output among Chinese universities – the appointment as a Senior Foreign Expert is one of the most prestigious awards offered by the Chinese Government, with a total of just 1,000 scientific and technological researchers to be appointed worldwide.
As a Senior Foreign Expert, Professor Adeloju will have access to around 3–5 million RMB (AUD$450–750,000) in research funding over three years, allowing him and his research staff to travel to China on multiple occasions each year, and substantially increase his research collaboration with Hefei in the areas of nanosensors and nanoelectronics.
Professor Adeloju said his appointment would enable him and his research group to further its ground-breaking research on the fabrication of novel nano-biosensors, with a specific focus on applications to improve environmental, clinical and industrial monitoring.
“Hefei University of Technology is a leading research university with particular strengths in the emerging areas of sustainability, environmental chemistry, nanomaterials and nanotechnology,” Professor Adeloju said.
“By sharing the expertise of both Monash and Hefei, and allowing our researchers to work more readily together, much greater progress can be made in the fabrication and utilization of new generation nanosensors and nanoelectronics with huge potentials for commercial spin-offs.”
Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Gippsland campus, Professor Mark Sandeman, said the appointment was a fitting recognition of Professor Adeloju’s significant commitment to research in analytical and environmental chemistry, and reflected the increasing profile of his research in Australia and abroad.
“Professor Adeloju’s appointment as a Senior Foreign Expert confirms his place as a pioneer in his field,” Professor Sandeman said.
“In addition to demonstrating the global demand for ‘green’ chemistry, Professor Adeloju’s appointment highlights the world-class research being undertaken at our Gippsland campus.”