Prof Vivian Yam becomes the Chief Editor for Chemistry for new flagship journal Natural Sciences


Prof Vivian Wing-Wah Yam, Founding Member of the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences and Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy and the Chair Professor of Chemistry at The University of Hong Kong (HKU), has taken up the role as the Chief Editor for Chemistry for a new premier international journal Natural Sciences.

Prof Yam said, “I am privileged to join my fellow Biology Chief Editor, Prof Marianne Bronner, Director of the Beckmann Institute at Caltech and Physics Chief Editor, Prof Gerard Meijer, Director of the Fritz Haber Institute of Max Planck Society, to work on this exciting endeavour and collaboration with Wiley to bring scientific publishing to a new level of openness and transparency.”

Prof Yam obtained both her BSc (First Class Hons) and PhD from HKU.  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.

Prof Yam is an elected Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2001), Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (2006), International Member of the US National Academy of Sciences (2012) and Foreign Member of Academia Europaea (2015).  She was Laureate of the 2011 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award.  Furthermore, she was the recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Medal in 2005/06 and the Ludwig Mond Award in 2015, the Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry (JSCC) International Award in 2016, and the Porter Medal in Photochemistry in 2020.

Wiley is a renowned multinational publishing company that focuses on academic publishing with a history of over 200 years. Wiley published 35,000 open access articles in 2019 and they aim to strengthen the global research community to advance innovation, generate scholarly insights and communicate discoveries that solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Launched by Wiley, Natural Sciences is a new flagship open science journal that publishes top-tier interdisciplinary research by scientists around the world, ranging from physics, chemistry, biology to their related interfaces.  The team of editors embraces innovative open research principles with transparent peer reviews and decision-making processes that boost the pace of scientific discovery.

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