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Zhang Liqun’s Research Team was awarded the 2015 State Science and Technology Award

       China's State Science and Technology Awards ceremony held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 8, 2016. President Xi Jinping and other leaders of Chinese Communist Party and State, Li Keqiang, Liu Yunshan, Zhang Gaoli et al., attended the ceremony. They presented the awards to the winners. Professor Zhang Liqun and his research team from College of Material Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology were awarded a Second Class State Technological Invention Prize in 2015 to honor his research project “The key technology for design and fabrication of high-performance rubber nanocomposites for oil-saving tires”.

Basing on deep fundamental researches for years, Zhang Liqun and his team developed the in-situ modification-and-dispersion technique and latex nano-compounding technique, which solved the difficulties on the homo-dispersion of nano reinforcing fillers and interfacial control in industrialization. They invented the rubber nanocomposites for producing three key parts of the oil-saving tires—tread compound, bead compound and inner liner. Through tightly collaborating with grant tire manufactures, Linglong Tire Co., Ltd. and Aeolus Tyre Co. Ltd., Zhang’s team industrialized their technology and manufactured the passenger oil-saving tyres with fuel efficiency level B and safety level A according to EU Tyre Labelling Regualation, having reached the highest level of the world. Their innovation on the oil-saving tyres has attained independent intellectual property rights, which have contributed to the international competitiveness of Chinese tire industry and broken the overseas technical monopoly. These scientific achievements are playing very important role on supporting and leading China's tire industry to against European Union Tire labeling and other environment-related technical barriers.

The 2015 science awards were granted for 295 research achievements, including 42 "natural science" prizes (1 first prize and 41 second prize), 66 "technological invention" prizes (1 first prize and 65 second prize), and 187 "sci-tech progress" prizes (3 grand prize, 17 first prize and 167 second prize). Seven foreign scientists picked up the International Scientific and Technological Cooperation award.

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