Griffith University scientists, postgraduate students and young researchers will be among the beneficiaries of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Griffith and the world’s largest research group, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

The Director of CAS’s National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Professor Minghua Liu, and Griffith University’s Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Ned Pankhurst, signed the MoU today (February 5) as part ofthe1st International Energy and Environmental Materials Forum & 3rd Inorganic Nanomaterials Forum.

World-leading scientists from Australia, Asia, Europe and the US have gathered on the Gold Coast this week for the event being hosted by Griffith’s Centre for Clean Environment and Energy (CCEE), which is based within the Environmental Futures Research Institute.

CCEE Director, Professor Huijun Zhao, said the Memorandum of Understanding was an important development on a number of levels.

“The Chinese Academy of Sciences is the world’s largest research body and it produces a high volume of high quality research in all aspects of science,” he said.

“That alone speaks to the value of this agreement and ongoing collaboration with Griffith University.

“The MoU allows us to share facilities and expertise, which will not only benefit our top scientists, but will also provide an international research environment for our postgraduate students and young researchers.

“Furthermore, the agreement will enhance the way we tackle the important and complex problems concerning the world’s future energy and environmental needs, and will add to the international impact of our findings.”

Professor Huijun Zhao, Director of the Centre for Clean Environment and Energy, smiling in front of lab equipment

Professor Huijun Zhao, Director of the Centre for Clean Environment and Energy

Professor Zhao and CCEE have established close links with the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology during the past four years, with over 15 joint high impact publications.