Dr. Hassan Zohoor, Chairman of the science committee of Mustafa (pbuh) Prize announced the laureates.
According to the Public Relations Department of Mustafa (pbuh) Prize, Professor Jackie Y. Ying from Singapore and Professor Omar Yaghi, Jordanian-American scientist, won the top science and technology award of the Islamic world.
Zohoor cited that the Mustafa(pbuh) Prize is awarded in four categories, Life Sciences and Medicine, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Information and Communication Technologies and Top Scientific Achievement in general fields. He added, “In the first three categories, the nominees must be citizens of one of the 57 Islamic countries while in the fourth category the nominee must be Muslim but being citizen of an Islamic country is not mandatory.”
He explained the selection method and said, “Laureates of this prize are selected among 100 works that have been selected for the final arbitration by the jury. These works must be original and innovative and results in a tangible effect in human lives. Also, the nominated scientists must have good international reputation. At the end, and with regard to the criterion described earlier, two scientists were selected in the fields of Nano-biotechnology sciences and Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.”
Professor Jackie Y. Ying, Executive Director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology of Singapore and Professor Omar Yaghi, Co-Director of Kavli Energy Nanosciences Institute and faculty member of University of California, Berkeley are the laureates in the fields of Nano-biotechnology sciences and Nanoscience and Nanotechnology respectively.
Zohoor continued, “Professor Ying is awarded in recognition of her efforts in development of “stimulus response systems in targeted delivery of drugs” in the field of Nano-biotechnology.”
These systems are consisted of polymeric nanoparticles, which auto-regulate the release of insulin therapeutic depending on the blood glucose levels without the need for sampling. The technology was first developed in her knowledge-based company and now being commercialized in big pharmaceutical firms to be at the service of human health.”
Professor Omar Yaghi, prominent Jordardanian-American chemist, has also been selected for his extensive research in the field of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) in the category of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
It’s worth noting that this MOFs have a wide range of applications in clean energy technologies, carbon dioxide capturing and hydrogen and methane storage systems due to their extremely high surface areas.
The Mustafa (pbuh) Prize Award Ceremony takes place Friday December 25 at Vahdat Hall (Talar-e-Vahdat) and laureates will be appreciated.