The Inamori Foundation, Kyoto, Japan has just announced that Prof. Ching Wan TANG, the IAS Bank of East Asia Professor and Chair Professor of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Chemistry and Physics of HKUST, is the recipient of the 2019 Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology.  


The Kyoto Prize is awarded by the Inamori Foundation annually to individuals who have made global achievements in the categories of Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy. Prof. Tang is honored for his “Pioneering Contributions to the Birth of High-Efficiency Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLED) and Their Applications”. He is the first person of Chinese descent to win the Kyoto Prize since it was established in 1985.


The Kyoto Prize Presentation Ceremony will be held in Kyoto, Japan on November 10. Each laureate will receive a diploma, the Kyoto Prize medal, and prize money of 100 million yen.

Prof. Ching Wan TANG’s Pioneering Contributions

Prof. Tang studied light emission processes in electrically-driven organic materials and invented a new device structure in which two carefully-selected materials were stacked, allowing for high-efficiency light emission at low drive voltages. His pioneering work accelerated the development of new materials and device structures for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), resulting in substantial improvements in their efficiency and reliability; and led to the practical use of OLEDs and their widespread use in displays and lighting.



The laureates of the 2019 Kyoto Prize


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