Professor Vivian Wing-Wah Yam, Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy and Chair Professor of Chemistry at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), has been bestowed with the prestigious The Porter Medal 2020.
The Porter Medal is awarded every two years to the scientist who, in the opinion of the European Photochemistry Association, the Inter-American Photochemistry Society, and the Asian and Oceanian Photochemistry Association, has contributed most to the subject of Photochemistry.
Professor Yam obtained both her BSc (First Class Hons) and PhD from HKU. She is an elected Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, International Member (formerly Foreign Associate) of US National Academy of Sciences, Foreign Member of Academia Europaea, Fellow of TWAS and Founding Member of Hong Kong Academy of Sciences. She was Laureate of the 2011 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award.
Her research interests include inorganic/organometallic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, photophysics and photochemistry, and metal-based molecular functional materials. She has contributed to the advancement of photochemistry, especially in the areas of inorganic and organometallic photochemistry, luminescent metal-ligand coordination complexes and supramolecular assemblies, and photofunctional materials for sensing, organic optoelectronics and solar energy research.