Sue-Lein Wang, a distinguished chair professor and researcher in the department of chemistry at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, has received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Department of Chemistry. Wang received the honor during a ceremony on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Ames, Iowa. The award recognizes outstanding alumni from the Department of Chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from Iowa State University.
Wang has conducted frontier research in the field of inorganic solids since 1986. Among her many scientific breakthroughs, Wang was the first to discover that zeolite-like inorganic framework can be a single source of emitting white light without adding any lanthanide dopants. She also pioneered the discovery and innovation to make color conversion phosphors for light emitting diodes, and championed research in luminescence of nanoporous inorganic framework materials.
Wang has been recognized with a Taiwan Outstanding Women in Science Award from the Wu Chien-Shiung Education Foundation as well as an Outstanding Research Award from the National Science Council. She is passionate about encouraging girls to pursue careers in the STEM fields. She gives talks in many high schools and invites high school students to conduct research with her on various chemical science projects.
Wang earned her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Iowa State University.