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“Thousand Young Talents Program”: Ganglong Cui will become a professor in Beijing

“Thousand Young Talents Program”: Ganglong Cui will become a professor in Beijing

China’s government officially launched the national “Qianren Jihua” program in 2011 ("Thousand Young Talents") to attract outstanding young Chinese scientists in natural sciences and engineering fields back to Chinese institutions from overseas.

Ganglong Cui, currently working with Prof. Walter Thiel in the Department of Theory at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung, has recently been awarded this national recruitment program. Soon he will join to the research team of the Key Laboratory of Theoretical and Computational Photochemistry of the Ministry of Education and take up professorship at the Chemistry College of Beijing Normal University.

22.000 students, 22 colleges, 36 research institutes

The Beijing Normal University (BNU) established in 1902 is a key university under the administration of the Ministry of Education. Today, the main campus has 22,000 full-time students including 1,800 long-term international students, and 22 schools and colleges, and 36 research institutes.

The 32-year-old theoretical chemist Ganglong Cui mainly dedicates himself to exploring mechanistic photophysics and photochemistry of molecular and biological systems in vacuo and condensed phase using computers. His research findings have been published in highly-ranking journals in Chemistry, for example, Angewandte Chemie, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Discover Similarities and Differences

Ganglong Cui, who has worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Durham, North Carolina, enjoys the comfortable life in Mülheim. “I rejoice to walk with family along the Ruhr,” he says. He also likes travelling to other German cities to experience German culture, architecture, and history. “It is exciting to discover the similarities and differences between Asia, America and Europe," he states.

At the MPI Ganglong Cui feels very happy: “The MPI is a top-level research institute with friendly and uplifting atmosphere. Here I can work with many internationally famous researchers. I also appreciate the freedom of science.”

The Chinese researcher has already made a blueprint for his future: “to explore the unknown microscopic ‘World of Chemistry’, to be a successful scientist, to enjoy the life with family.”