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NTU undergraduate student gains publication in Science journal

NTU undergraduate student gains publication in Science journal

Taipei, Jan. 6 (CNA) A Taiwanese student at National Taiwan University (NTU) has gained international recognition as part of a research team whose work has been published in the latest edition of the prestigious Science journal. The paper on climate science appeared in the January edition of the journal, under the names Jim Jr-min Lin, Hsieh Jun-ting, Chang Chun-hung, and Chao Wen, an undergraduate senior at National Taiwan University who is majoring in chemistry. Chao said the recognition came "mainly because our teacher is outstanding and we have a very strong team." Team leader Lin, a researcher at Academia Sinica's Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, said the paper examined the interaction between water vapor and atmospheric molecules called Criegee intermediates (CIs), a reaction that is linked to acid rain. CIs are known to help break down chemical compounds that contribute to global warming. Lin was responsible for one particular experiment and took part in the research all the way though, which earned him the right to be listed as a co-author of the paper titled "Direct Kinetic Measurement of the Reaction of the Simplest Criegee Intermediate with Water Vapor," according to Lin. Lin said that at first he was trying to give some young students an opportunity and asked Chao and some others to design an experiment. "I did not think they could do it," Lin said. Although it appeared to be a simple experiment, there were a lot of difficulties, but Chao managed to succeed, Lin said. "Most of the students would follow my instructions, but Chao would think of something on his own," Lin said. "He exceeded my expectations." Chao, a graduate of Hualien Senior High School, entered NTU after he took part in a program that trains student candidates for the International Chemistry Olympiad, although he did not make the national team. He recalled that as a high school senior, his performance was lackluster except in mathematics and chemistry. Chao said it was only after his second year at NTU, when he met Lin, that he began paying serious attention to his studies. Now, he loves conducting experiments, which he described as fun, and feels a great sense of achievement when they produce results, he said. The other authors of the paper are also young researchers, Lin said, noting that Hsieh is a sophomore at Stanford University and Chang is an assistant at Academia Sinica. Science magazine is the academic journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is one of the world's top scientific journals. (By Chen Chih-chung and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-22 07:55 GMT+08:00