Two Nobel Prize Winners Obtain “Chinese Green Card”


Recently, a foreign scientist walked into the Shanghai Bureau of Exit and Entry and completed his application for the permanent residence identification card, with the company of staff from the bureau, Zhangjiang New Area Management Committee and East China Technology University. This scientist is Bernard L. Feringa, the Nobel Prize winner and the visiting professor to the ECTU. Next month, he and Kurt Wüthrich, the distinguished professor of Shanghai Technology University, will be among the first batch of Nobel Prize winners who works in China on the permanent resident status.


Feringa won the Nobel Prize for “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines” in 2016. In October, he took over the position of foreign director at the Feringa Nobel Prize Scientist Collaborative Research Center and will come to Shanghai to work every year. He will lead the team at the ECTU in developing new materials. “We are developing materials responsive to light stimuli that can have performance responsiveness to the change of lights, like our eyes. We are also trying to invent self-recovery material which can recover by itself like human tissues.” Feringa told us. These smart materials will be widely used in medicine, electronics and energy saving.


The 2002 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Wüthrich is leading the focus group at STU to study the molecular mechanism of the G Protein-Coupled Receptors using liquid NMR. This innovative research is expected to develop new drugs targeting the G Protein-Coupled Receptors.


In the past, foreign scientists working in China had to leave China or reapply when their visa expires, and they also experience inconvenience in traveling, buying property and receiving healthcare. This year, the permanent resident identification card system is launched owing to the thorough reform by the Chinese government. Foreigners who have this ID have the same treatment as a Chinese citizen in a number of matters in China. According to the New Ten Rules which aims to support Shanghai in becoming a science and innovation center by the Department of Public Security, 30 outstanding foreign talents, including Feringa and Wüthrich, have been given permanent residence recommendation letter by the Zhangjiang Hi-tech New Area Management Committee.


The official from the Zhangjiang Hi-tech New Area Management Committee remarked that the report at the China’s 19th Party Congress stated that “a large number of world class talents in strategic science and technology, leaders, young talents and high-end innovative team in science and technology should be cultivated.” As a pioneer in innovation and development, Shanghai is looking to attract top talents and foster good working and living environment so that these experts can lead their team in cutting-edge research.


When asked for comment on the service at the government departments in Shanghai, Feringa used the word “fantastic” to describe the “expressway” he experienced from physical examination to permanent residence application. The authorities simplified the procedures to make arrangement as soon as they received the appointment and designated staff to accompany him.


Another thing that is “fantastic” to him is the grant from the “Zhangjiang Special Program Development Fund” received by the Feringa Research Center. Zhangjiang New Area Management Committee, Xuhui District Government and East China Technology University will cosponsor him to build a customized laboratory to promote the smart material basic research and its result convention. “We will build it as a world top lab to cultivate some young talents as well as attract world renowned scientists to join our team while making innovation achievement,” Feringa said.

(Source: Jiefang Daily)