The IAPME was established in 2014 and Prof Tang was appointed as its first director in 2016, leading the team to carry out research in the field from scratch. Prof Tang has always valued the input of young scientists, as is reflected in the fact that all his colleagues in the institute are younger than him. ‘I am the oldest person in the institute. I enjoy the company of young people. They are passionate and ambitious. They remind me of what I was like when I were their age,’ says Prof Tang.

The institute brings together innovative young researchers from renowned institutions around the world, including the United States, Europe, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. ‘Our team’s greatest strength lies in its diversity,’ says Prof Tang. ‘We have experts in different fields, such as physics, chemistry, materials science, computer science and even biology. We are truly an interdisciplinary team, which helps to spark new ideas,’ says Prof Tang.

Commercialisation of Research Results

Over the past five years since its establishment, the IAPME has received grants over 140 million patacas for more than 120 research projects from various organisations, including the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and UM. So far, the institute has published over 500 papers in Science Citation Index (SCI)-listed journals and has filed 30 patent applications between 2016 and 2020.

Some advanced technologies and products developed by the institute hold great promise for commercial applications, and they are being commercialised through Zhuhai UM Science & Technology Research Institute, UM’s first academia-industry demonstration centre in Hengqin, with the support of the local government and resources from local companies. One such product is a special hydrogel made of nanoparticles that can be used as an intermediate raw material to make super water-absorbing swelling agents and have the potential to be applied in farmland water retention and desert management.

New energy and advanced materials are two other areas in which the institute has achieved impressive results in recent years. ‘For example, we are in the frontier in the field of perovskite solar cells and novel electrochemical cells. One of our research teams has published a paper in this field and it has been cited more than 5,000 times, which is very rare. This shows that the study is pioneering. This technology will be put to industrial use in the near future,’ says Prof Tang.

Impactful Research

As the director of the IAPME, Prof Tang has spent a lot of time in the past few years thinking about how the development of the institute can match the development needs of the city. ‘During these years at UM, I have been searching for a research project that would be of great significance to society and humanity,’ says Prof Tang. ‘This has also been my greatest dream for many years.’ After years of searching, he finally found the answer to his quest at UM—cancer immunotherapy based on quantum-biology technology.

According to Prof Tang, cancer immunotherapy is a daunting field in biomedicine. Although a leading figure in the field of nano-optoelectronic materials, he believed that an interdisciplinary approach would give them the best shot at tackling many challenges in cancer immunology. So he teamed up with experts in the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences, led by Prof Chuxia Deng, one of the world’s foremost experts in cancer research. Combining their knowledge in carbon nanomaterials, cancer immunotherapy, and biomedicine, they rolled up their sleeves and set to work.

‘We accidentally discovered that carbon nanodots can effectively bind to biological proteins and change the mophology of tumour antigens, thus awakening the immune system to the tumour,’ says Prof Tang. ‘We have developed a quantum biologic technique in cancer immunotherapy, which has yielded very good results as shown in the data on malignant tumours. The interdisciplinary platform and advanced research facilities at UM provide optimal conditions for us to pursue this new research direction.’

He adds: ‘My greatest and only dream now is to see clinical application of this novel discovery, in order to bring new hope to the tens of millions of cancer patients worldwide.’

Whether as a young teenager or an accomplished scientist, Prof Tang has always nourished the same dream: to achieve his life goals with a consuming passion and to make the most of his life by adding value to the world. The teenage dream that took root in his heart has propelled him to a lifelong career in science. So what is his next goal and dream in life? ‘I hope, and I am also confident, that the little carbon nanodots we developed will soon bear fruit on the UM campus,’ he says.

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1977年國內恢復高考,湯子康意識到機會來臨,1978 年插班上了高中,1979 年參加高考被杭州大學物理系錄取。大學畢業後,他考取了中國科學院長春物理研究所的碩士研究生,畢業後赴日本東北大學繼續深造,並在1992年取得了日本東北大學的理學博士學位。1994年,香港科技大學物理系面向全球招聘教師,湯子康受聘後赴該校開始從事他的納米科學研究。









研究院經過五年的發展,獲得澳門科學技術發展基金、國家自然科學基金、澳大科研基金等資助70多項研究課題。至今已發表SCI論文500餘篇,2016至2020 期間,研究院已經申報受理了30項發明專利。









Prof Tang is a leading figure in the field of nano-optoelectronic materials

In 2020, Prof Tang receives the Guanghua Engineering Science and Technology Prize, the highest prize in the field of engineering in China.

Prof Tang receives the State Science and Technology Prize in 2003

Prof Tang values the input of young people

Advanced materials and new energy are key research areas of the IAPME

Carbon nanodots are the latest research focus of Prof Tang’s interdisciplinary team

Benefiting humanity has been Prof Tang’s guiding principle in his research