Prof Ling has been awarded as the 2020 Robert L'Hermite medalist

14 Feb 2020


On February 10,2020, the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM), officially announced on its website that the 2020"Robert L'Hermite Medal was awarded to Professor Ling Tung Chai, in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of green building materials research. Professor Ling is the second Chinese scholar who has received this honor followed by professor Yiu-Wing Mai Yiu (fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, fellow of the Fellow of the Royal Society, fellow of the Academia Europaea, fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering). Pro Ling is also the first Chinese University scholar to receive the honor. The panel of experts recognized that Professor Ling's team's outstanding research output and outstanding international contributions reflected his outstanding leadership and research independence.
RILEM, founded in 1947,  is a well-known International technical institute in the field of building materials and structures. It is committed to promoting the transformation and application of professional knowledge on a global scale and has a far-reaching international influence. The Robert l'Hermite Medal, established in 1967, is awarded annually to a young scientist under the age of 40 who has made outstanding contributions in the field of building materials and structures on a global scale. Since its inception,  international scholars including Zdenek P. BAZANT, Folker H. Wittmann, Surendra P. Shah and Geert DE Schutter, Robert Flatt, Nicolas Roussel, Jason Weiss, Pietro Lura, Nele DE Belie, John Provis, Ueli ANGST,  have been awarded the medal. and all of them have made outstanding contributions to their respective fields of study.

Professor Tung Chai Ling has focused his academic career on the study of low-embodied-energy construction materials.  Key pillars of his research include: carbonation of waste and cement, treatment of waste, direct recycling of non-hazardous waste, and smart materials.  His research innovations have had a direct impact on the industrial application of sustainable construction materials.  Professor Ling is a Senior Member of RILEM and is an active member of several committees related to durability, supplementary cementing materials as well as valorization of waste (TC 258-AAA, TC 281-CCC, and TC 279-WMR).  Professor Ling’s remarkable leadership and research independence is evidenced by the productivity of his large research team as well as his significant international contributions.  He serves on many international scientific committees, and is a peer reviewer for many scholarly journals (including Materials and Structures).  He has also been the recipient of several prestigious awards.

Website link of RILEM