Chemistry is an ancient, traditional basic science as well as a central subject. The development of the subject has not only brought us the basic theories on chemical bond and chemical reaction but also led to tens of thousands of new substances, making a great contribution to the scientific advancement and social life of human beings.

Founded in 2008 by the master mathematician Prof. Shing-Tung Yau, the S. -T. Yau High School Science Award inspires scientific innovations and is designed for Chinese high school students all over the world. Advocating innovative thinking and collaborative spirits, the Award dispenses with paper-delivered test format or standardized test answers and instead gives students the opportunity to participate by submitting academic papers. The Award aims at promoting the development of science education in high schools, stimulating students’ research interests and innovative capabilities, as well as discovering and cultivating young talents in scientific disciplines.


  • Stimulate students’ interest in Chemical research among high school students
  • Encourage innovation in Chemical thinking among high school students
  • Cultivate young Chemistry talents
  • Encourage articulation between high school teachers and university professors

2016 S. -T. Yau High School Science Award

Gold Award

1. Beijing National Day School

A Novel Synthesis Route for Acrylamide-Pendant Phos-tag™ Ligand download

Member: Lan Zhuang

Teacher: Shiyuan Sun, Yonghong Wan

Silver Award

1. Nanjing Foreign Language School

Transparent Electronic Skin Based on Microstructured Silver Nanowires and microstructure download

Member: Hanbai Lv, Xinyu Ping, Ruiquan Gao

Teacher: Liangliang Xu

Bronze Award

1. Xi’an Gaoxin No.1 High School

Synthesis, Characterization of CuPp-TiO2 Photocatalyst and the Photodegradation Study for 4- Nitrophenol download

Member: Qihua Wang, Yifan Zhao, Zonglin Li

Teacher: Qingxiang Hui

2. Affiliated High School of South China Normal University

Studies on the skin repair peptide from American cockroach download

Member: CaiXing Liao

Teacher: Tao Xia, Lei Wang

3. Middle School Affiliated to Guangzhou University

A Preliminary Study of the Graphene-based Sensor for the Determination of Capsaicin download

Member: Luyue Zhang, Yuning Zheng

Teacher: Xuan Li, Xing Ding

Honorable Mentions

1. No.2 High School of East China Normal University

Room-Temperature Construction and Performances of Low-Cost and Transparent Oil-Repellent Coatings download

Member: Jiyu Hu

Teacher: Feng Qian

2. Xi’an Gaoxin No.1 High School

Synthesis of monodisperse silver nanoparticles and application of its film for surface-enhanced Raman scattering download

Member: Yufei Wu, Gu gong

Teacher: Xiaojuan Kang

3. Beijing National Day School

The Design, Synthesis, and Property Investigation of Multi-Functional Materials with Aggregation Induced Emission Property and Mechanochromic Luminescent Property download

Member: Yuxin Ji, Shuohong Liu, Chen Gao

Teacher: Mingjun Teng

4. Tsinghua University High School

Synthesis of the PEG-PLGA-coated Fe3O4 nanoparticles by double-emulsion method download

Member: Shengzhuo Wang, Shixing Yu, Chenxu Hu

Teacher: Xinfu Chen

5. The Affiliated High School of South China Normal University

Study on Adsorption Properties of Non- polar Gases on Porous Materials in Electric Field download

Member: Hongyi Li, Yonglin Chen, Xi Chen

Teacher: Xinxi Ye

Finalist Awards

1. Qingdao No.2 Middle School of Shandong Province

Preparation, Characterization of Chitosan Derivatives and Application in Removal of Heavy Metal Ions from Water download

Member: Minzhang Li, Yanru Yang, Zekai Wang

Teacher: Changli Wang

2. The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China

Influence Factors of Paper-based Literatures’ Lifespan: Model Building Studies download

Member: Xuanzheng Wang

Teacher: Dan Wan

3. Yixing Middle School Jiangsu Province

The study of lumino chemiluminescence system and its application in pharmaceutical analysis download

Member: Yuan Xi, Ziyang Xu

Teacher: Yingqing Hu

4. Nanjing Foreign Language School

Fabrication and characterization of a flexible self-healing transparent conductor download

Member: Yuncong Zuo, Tiantian Cao

Teacher: Liangliang Xu