NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY, TAINAN, TAIWAN
BANYAN
Volume 5 Issue 2 - July 4, 2008
Commentary
Yonhua Tzeng
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) of Tainan, Taiwan Welcome Distinguished Guests to the Eighth Emerging Information and Technology Conference on June 26-27, 2008 with a Series of Scientific and Educational Events
Article Digest
Wen-Chau Liu
A New InP/InGaAs Double Heterojunction Bipolar Transistor (DHBT) With a Step-Graded InAlGaAs Collector Structure
Hong-Hwa Chen
Strategies for functional validation of genes involved in reproductive stages of orchids
Hua-Li Jian
On Students’ Strategy-Preferences for Managing Difficult Course Work
Yun-Chorng Chang
Phonon-assisted stimulated emission from pendeo-epitaxy GaN stripes grown on 6H-SiC substrates
Article Digest
Jyh-Ming Ting
Growth of CNTs on Fe-Si catalyst prepared on Si and Al coated Si substrate
News Release
News
World Class Leading Scholars Gathered at NCKU for APCOT 2008
News
Dr. Michael Ming-Chiao Lai, NCKU President, Visited China Steel Corporation to Impart NCKU Experiences
Opportunities
Activities
Editorial Group
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) of Tainan, Taiwan Welcome Distinguished Guests to the Eighth Emerging Information and Technology Conference on June 26-27, 2008 with a Series of Scientific and Educational Events
Yonhua Tzeng

Professor of EE and VP for R&D, NCKU

June 30, 2008

Nobel laureate of 2005 in chemistry and member of US National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Robert Grubbs of California Institute of Technology, member of Academia Sinica and foreign member of US National Academy of Engineers, Dr. Chun-Yen Chang, members of US National Academy of Engineers, Dr. Albert King of Wayne State University and Dr. Chung K. Law of Princeton University, and a number of world-class scientists were guests of NCKU in June, 2008. They spoke at the Eighth Emerging Information and Technology Conference and joined forces with faculty and research staff members to pursue creative and excellence in research under an administrative auspices known as Institute of Innovations and Advanced Studies (IIAS) that was established at NCKU in December 2006. The conference began on June 26, 2008 and lasted for two days.

EITC (http://www.eitc.org/) was initiated in Princeton, New Jersey in 2001 by a group of enthusiastic scholars from Taiwan. In the past seven years, EITC has been held in Princeton, New Jersey, Dallas, Texas, and Taipei, Taiwan in an effort to facilitate information exchange among professionals from Asia and North America on emerging technologies and services. The objectives of the annual conference are:

  • to strengthen the technical and business ties between the Asian and North American universities, R&D institutions, and industries;

  • to bring together experts and industry leaders to share technological advancements and business experiences; and

  • to jointly explore opportunities in emerging technologies and services.

The main themes and activities for the conference focused on emerging biomedicine, energy, micro-nanotechnology, and system on chip (SoC) science and technology. Joining forces for the brainstorming and initiation of international collaborative research projects were distinguished scientists and technologists from US, Canada, Australia, Japan and Taiwan.  They gathered at NCKU, Tainan, Taiwan to present and share with one another scientific findings and valuable experiences. With sincere and active interactions, on-going productive collaboration was further enhanced and new collaborative teams on subjects of common interest were initiated.

Professor Robert Grubbs is a Nobel laureate of 2005 in chemistry and the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry of California Institute of Technology in California, USA. Professor Grubbs has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1989, and was the 2000 recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal. Professor Grubbs is a native of Kentucky who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry at the University of Florida and his doctoral degree in chemistry at Columbia University. 

Professor Grubbs shared the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with other two co-winners for the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis. Professor Grubbs worked on olefin metathesis and developed powerful new catalysts for metathesis that enabled custom synthesis of valuable molecules with a broad spectrum of industrial applications such as pharmaceuticals and new polymers with novel materials properties. 

Professor Grubbs visited Chi Mei Corporation and ITRI-South, held an open discussion forum with students and faculty of NCKU before the EITC started, and paid a visit with President Lai of NCKU. Professor Grubbs advised faculty and students that writing skills were important and research should start from undergraduate students. Instead of spending too much time on memorizing facts, more time should be reserved for thinking and creativity. Professor Grubbs also hoped that more Taiwanese especially those from NCKU could be admitted to California Institute of Technology and work with his team of graduate students. Faculty members are welcome to discuss with him about spending their sabbatical leaves in his laboratory. 

Professor Grubbs explained about his complicated catalytic chemical reactions by means of a simple Hungarian dance with carbon double bonds being represented by two dancing partners holding both hands. A catalyst is a dancer among the team who helps form a ring of four dancers who later separate into two couples that are composed of different dancers than the previous ones. This continuous process enables and accelerates the desirable chemical reactions, i.e. the change of dancing partners to form different couples, which in chemical case forms different chemical bonds of new and valuable molecules.


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