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Nobel laureate visits XJTU

July 21, 2023
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Lu Jianjun (right), secretary of the Party committee of Xi'an Jiaotong University, meets with Dan Shechtman, Nobel laureate in Chemistry, on July 19.

On July 19, Lu Jianjun, secretary of the Party committee of Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), and his delegation met with Dan Shechtman, Nobel laureate in Chemistry and professor at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Lu extended a warm welcome to Shechtman and provided an overview of the university's development.

He expressed hope that Shechtman would leverage his professional expertise in the field of new materials and his significant influence in the global scientific community to provide support for the university in breakthroughs in critical core technology, the cultivation of foundational discipline talent, and more.

He also encouraged deeper cooperation between the university and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Dan Shechtman introduced his own scientific research and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

He stated that he had visited China several times over the past 30 years and had witnessed the country's impressive development.

During his visit to XJTU, he got a sense of the university's rich historical and cultural heritage, as well as its strength in technological innovation.

He expressed a desire to further expand collaborative exchanges with the university in areas such as technological innovation, talent cultivation, industry-academia-research integration, and academic communication.


Shechtman delivers a captivating keynote speech after the meeting. 

After the meeting, Shechtman delivered a captivating keynote presentation titled "The Science and Aesthetics of Soap Bubbles" to students and faculty. He advised the students to stay curious and observe the science in their surroundings.

He also emphasized the importance of cultivating logical, critical, and innovative thinking abilities. With these skills, he encouraged students to continuously explore and uncover the mysteries of the scientific world.

Born in 1941 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Dan Shechtman is an internationally-renowned materials scientist and electron microscopy expert. He was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his discovery of quasicrystals, a type of crystal.