Three young scientists received the 2016 Ta Quang Buu Prize

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Hieu (Hanoi University of Science and Technology), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Minh (Hanoi University of Science, Vietnam National University) and Dr. Phung Van Dong (Institute of Physics, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology) became three winners of the 2016 Ta Quang Buu Prize for their “scientific works with top-notch international results”, according to Prof. Dr. Dinh Dung, member of the Prize Committee.

The 2016 Ta Quang Buu Prize Ceremony was held in the afternoon of May 18th at headquater of Ministry of Science and Technology. There were Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh, Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha, and members of the Prize committee attended.

At the Prize ceremony, the Ta Quang Buu Main prizes were awarded to Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Hieu – the author of a scientific work entitiled “Design of SnO2/ZnO  hierarchical  nanostructures  for  enhanced ethanol gas-sensing performance”,  and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Minh – the author of a scientific work entitiled “Release of potassium accompanying the dissolution of rice straw phytolith”. Dr. Phung Van Dong with a scientific work entitiled “3-3-1-1 for dark matter” won Young Scientist Prize.

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Hieu said that “This prestigious Prize is not only an honor but also a new motivation for myself as well as for young scientists in Vietnam. It is a new source of inspiration and motivation for scientists, especially young scientists at Hanoi University of Technology in particular and at Vietnamese research institutes and universities in general. It continues to promote the publication of research results in ISI international journals, to bring Vietnam’s system of research institutes and universities reaching the level of leading prestigious universities in the region and the world. It is also my greatest desire when participated in this prize”. He also shared his thoughts about the difficulties that the empirical researchers in the field of Physical science and Materials science were facing “ It is very rare for people working in this field to receive this prestigious prize because it is very difficult for an empirical research result that has done in Vietnam got published on top notch journals. And it is even more difficult for the international scientific community to cite the empirical work that has done entirely in Vietnam”.

As the second scientist won the Main prizes, Assoc. Prof.  Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Minh mentioned the meaning of the award “It is a motivation for scientists to think about improving the quality of their publications.” According to Dr. Phung Van Dong, “Good lectures, outstanding scientific works, and building the strong research groups are what science community in our country needs”.

* The scientific work of Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Hieu in the field of Materials Science (Physics) offers a new method of manufacturing secondary nano that can be expanded to be applied not only in nano-sensitive gas sensors, but also in many other fields such as nano electronic components, energy batteries.

*The scientific work of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Minh is in the field of Earth and Soil Science, studying the phytolith structure formed during the precipitation of silic in rice stalks, thereby proposing a straws treatment process to avoid environmental pollution and increase fertility for arable land, which can be applied on a large scale of the rice – growing plains.

* The scientific work of Dr. Phung Van Dong in the field of astronomy and high energy physics has got the high theoretical significance, contributing to the interpretation of the material and energy structure of the Universe, which developed and calibrated the existing 3-3-1 model of dark matter in the universe into a 3-3-1-1 model through the use of symmetrical properties.

(Prof. Dr Dinh Dung)

On behalf of the Prize Evaluation Committee, Prof. Dr. Dinh Dung, who also received the Ta Quang Buu Prize in 2015, affirmed that the selection process for the winning scientists was “rigorous, scientific, public and transparent. This is the only award that scientists play a decisive role in selecting… The scientific works were evaluated by the reputation of scientific journals, if the scientific works published in the top of hundreds of prestigious ISI journals in each specialty; and each work has top-notch result at international level”

Prof. Dr. Dinh Dung also commented that the prize – winning scientists are “the main authors of outstanding international level scientific works, published in in the top – notch of international scientific journals”. He said that this year’s Prize had three outstanding features: 1. Both of the Main Prizes belong to young scientists, and it helps to confirm that the opportunity to receive the Main prizes is the same for scientists; 2. The scientific works of the Prize – winning authors are “imbued with Vietnamese identity” and are funded and implemented within the framework of basic research carried out in the country; 3. The scientific works of the two Main prizes are in the field of empirical science, with great practical implications and applicability.

With the nomination was not in the shortlist of the Prize, he said that “all are very good scientific works of international stature. The scientific quality of the nominated authors in the South has also made great progress, especially the nominations for Young Scientist Prize”.  So, these are good signs of the prosperity of scientific research in Vietnam and promising to be able to receive new names in the Prize for the coming years.

There is also an optimistic view of a young generation of scientists who have revealed innovative capabilities and rose up, Minister Chu Ngoc Anh said that they would bring new vitality for Vietnam Science and Technology in the near future;  make an important contribution to the successful implementation of the Science and Technology Development Strategy in period 2015-2020; put Vietnam in the top of ASEAN Science and Technology countries as well as solve the problems raised for Vietnam in process of industrialization and modernization of the country.

According to Minister Chu Ngoc Anh, to enable Vietnamese scientists to participate in research and put research results into practical applications in socio-economic life, one of the vital factors is that the scientific managers have to maintain a transparent research environment as well as create more favorable conditions for them to research and collaborate with international scientists.

The Ta Quang Buu Prize is annual prize hosted by Ministry of Science and Technology to encourage and honor outstanding scientists with excellent achievements in basic research in the fields of natural science and engineering. The Prize’s mission is to promote Vietnam science and technology in general and basic research in particular so as to reach international standards as a premise for Vietnam science and technology integration and development.

In the third year organizing the Prize, the Prize Organization Committee received 49 applications for registration. After passing the evaluation of the Scientific committees specialized in nature sciences and engineering of National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED), there were 9 applications proposed by the Scientific specialized committees for the further consideration and selection of the Prize committee that includes reputable scientists are representative of the specialized committees, along with Vietnamese and foreign scientists