On January 12, Steven Chu, the 1997 Nobel Prize winner in Physics and former US Secretary of Energy, visited ShanghaiTech delivered the ShanghaiTech Lecture on The role of nanoscience and electrochemistry in sustainability and biology to teachers and students as well as nearly one hundred high school students from eight middle schools in Shanghai who were specially invited.
Professor Chu, who is also a member of Academician Academy of Sciences, a member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a professor at Stanford University, attracted a large crowd who quickly filled the auditorium before the talk was scheduled to begin.
Through vivid examples and humor, Professor Chu discussed the current energy shortage mankind faces and the challenges of developing clean energy. He pointed out the enormous potential of biochemistry to solve the above-mentioned problems. He introduced the research progress of nano and electrochemical technology in the field of biomedicine and its application. After his speech, President Jiang Mianheng, sincerely thanked Professor Steven Chu on behalf of ShanghaiTech University, and gave him a token of appreciation for giving the ShanghaiTech Lecture.
Professor Steven Chu also visited the School of Physics Science and Technology and the School of Life Science and Technology, and had an exchange with teachers and students participating in the cross-disciplinary Like-A-PIE HOUR.
Professor Steven Chu was born in 1948 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is now a professor of physics and a professor of molecular cellular physiology at Stanford University, a member of the American Academy of Sciences, a member of the American Academy of Philosophy, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Royal Society of England, and a foreign member of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Professor Chu received the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing a method of laser cooling and capture of atoms. He served as the director of Quantum Electronics Research Department of Bell Labs, the director of the United States Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and a professor of physics in University of California, Berkeley. From January 2009 to April 2013, he acted as the 12th US Secretary of Energy. As the first cabinet member who is a scientist in the history of the United States, he initiated a series of initiatives to promote the development of clean energy.
The ShanghaiTech Lecture, as the highest lecture series of the university, aims to provide a platform for the world's top experts and scholars to promote science, and to sow seeds of hope its young students.