Dr. Zhang has been selected as the U.S. nominee for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE). Dr. Zhang won the nomination for his revolutionary work in the field of nanomedicine, which focuses on nanomaterials for medical applications.
The ASPIRE Prize is an annual award hosted by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooporation (APEC) that recognizes young scientists under the age of 40 who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in scientific research and cross-border research. Each APEC member economy identifies its own nominee for the prize. The U.S. State Department’s Office of Science and Technology Cooporation, in conjunction with Wiley and Elsevier, holds an annual competition to select a scientist to represent the United States on the APEC stage. This year, the U.S. ASPIRE competition received a record number of applicants, and the winner was chosen by a panel of scientific experts throughout the U.S. government.