2020 UCLA Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research

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Dr Zhaoyang Lin (Duan group) received the Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research at the 2020 UCLA Postdoctoral Scholars Award Ceremony on February 5. 

Lin was one of eight postdoctoral scholars who received the Chancellor’s $5000 Award for Postdoctoral Research.

As a postdoctoral scholar in Professor Xiangfeng Duan’s research lab since 2016, Lin has published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers on high-profile journals, including four outstanding papers as the first author in Nature (2018), Nature Electronics (2019), Science Advances (2016), and Advanced Materials (2017).


At the awards ceremony in the CNSI auditorium – (Left) Dean of UCLA Graduate Division Robin Garrell, Dr. Zhaoyang Lin, and Vice Chancellor for Research Roger Wakimoto. (Right) Dr. Lin accepting his award.

Lin was recently selected as a “Highly Cited Researcher” for 2019 by the Web of Science Group. This is an exclusive list of the world’s most influential researchers who are most frequently cited by their peers over the last decade. In 2019, fewer than 6,300, or 0.1%, of the world’s researchers across all fields earned this distinction. “This is an exceptionally rare achievement for a young researcher of his age (not yet 27 years old) and clearly highlights his contribution to the scientific community,” Duan said.

Lin’s research primarily involves the chemical synthesis of two-dimensional (2D) layered metal chalcogenides (LMCs) and solution-phase assembly of such materials into high performance thin films for electronic and optoelectronic applications.

This award was established in 1998 to recognize the important contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to UCLA’s interrelated missions of research, teaching, and public service.

Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, penny@chem.ucla.edu.