Materials Physicist Receives Outstanding Women in Science Award

Dr. Li-Chyong Chen, who is the director and a research fellow of the Center for Condensed Matter Sciences, was presented with the 10th Taiwan Outstanding Women in Science Award in March. It turned out that all of the award winners this year, like Dr. Chen, work in the field of materials science.

Dr. Chen has made extraordinary achievements in her research, many of which have furthered the development and application of advanced materials, especially semiconductor, optoelectronic and energy materials. Dr. Chen has published numerous high-quality research papers, includingover 380 research papers in Science Citation Index (SCI) journals. Her research papers have received over 11,650 citations, yielding an h-index of 55. Additionally, her research in advanced materials has led to 13 domestic and international patents as well as brought her international recognition.

Dr. Chen's outstanding scientific research has led to many honors and awards both in Taiwan and internationally. In Taiwan, this includes the Ministry of Science and Technology's Outstanding Research Award, the Outstanding Scholar Award of the Foundation for the Advancement of Outstanding Scholarship, and the Hou Chin-Tui Distinguished Honor Award.

Around the globe, Dr. Chen has received some of the top honors in her field, including an honorary doctorate from Linköping University in Sweden, Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the United Kingdom, Laureate of the Khwarizmi International Award, Acharya Vinoba International Award in Materials Science and Technology, and Academician of the Asia Pacific Academy of Materials. Moreover, in 2010, she was elected as a Fellow of the Materials Research Society in the United States, becoming the first Taiwanese scholar to enjoy this esteemed designation.

Besides working with young people interested in science, Dr. Chen strives to support and encourage women scientistsin an effort to boost their level of participation and influence in the scientific community. Well aware of the challenges confronting the small number of female physicists in Taiwan, Dr. Chen advocated for the establishment of the Women's Working Committee in the Physical Society of Taiwan, of which she is a standing board member. She has also participated in numerous science camps for high school and college students as well as graduate students and female scholars in particular.