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Tianjin Daily: Nobel Laureate Begins to Implement the "Tianjin Plan"

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 “See you in two months!” said Professor Stoddart as he hugged everyone goodbye. Full of passion and vision, Fraser Stoddart has finalized the details with Tianjin University to implement the "Tianjin Fraser Stoddart Research Center", which means his “Tianjin Plan” is about to officially start. Professor Stoddart plans to build a world-class, high-end talent, innovation, R & D platform in Tianjin. He will work with his scientist friends to achieve their scientific dream of new energy forms, molecular machines and molecular design.

The 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Fraser Stoddart was invited to become Professor of the School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology at Tianjin University in 2014 and he made known his pleasure working in Tianjin. In February, after meetings with officials of Tianjin, Professor Stoddart felt he had the support and energy for technological innovation in Tianjin. He refused very decent offers from cities in southern China and decided to make his focus Tianjin. He said, “I want to stay here to continue my work as there are many plans to be achieved in Tianjin.”

Professor Stoddart's biggest plan in Tianjin is to build the "Fraser Stoddart Research Center in Tianjin". The Center combines technology research and development, personnel training and industrial transformation. In his plan, the Center will organize a scientific research team with over 100 scientists including Noble prize winners, members of Academies of Sciences from America and Britain, foreign experts from the "1000 Talent Plan" and Cheung Kong Scholars. The platform will not only have original innovation ability, but also the ability to form advanced strategic technology. The platform is also equipped with internationally competitive innovative talent training and transforming advanced science and technology. At the Center, three institutes will be built: the Molecular Design Institute, the Chemistry Synthesis Institute, and the Molecular Machines Institute. In terms of building an industrial transformation platform, Professor Stoddart will focus on meeting the demands of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region in new drug research and development, medical equipment, new energy and new materials and other areas. He will build a health science industry public platform. This platform will be for new materials research and development, green synthesis of new technology, and molecular machine new technology.

Supported by the research center, Professor Stoddart’s “Tianjin Plan” will organize an academic program-centered group with projects taking the lead and leading people at the core to head up many excellent creative teams so as to promote interdisciplinary integration and integration development. At the same time, the plan will attract experts and scholars from all over the world in the field of molecular science to gather at Tianjin and build a world-class center in the field of molecular science and health science in five years.

As a matter of fact, this plan started from Professor Stoddart’s first term as a Professor of Tianjin University. The original "Tianjin University Molecular Science Center", established in September 2013 has now been upgraded to the "Tianjin International Center for Molecular Science Research Center". Two of Professor Stoddart’s students who are from the Thousand Talents Plan began the work there. Professor Stoddart has invited several friends who are Noble prize winners to visit Tianjin in February, as he works to achieve his goal of a world class scientific center in Tianjin.
By: Zhao Dongjian, Sun Xiaofang

 Editors: Yin Shiyu and Ross Colquhoun