Over 900 academicians of different countries and more than 30 presidents of prestigious university participated in the nomination, recommendation, and evaluation processes of this year’s Xplorer Prize. More than 20 winners of international awards, including Nobel Prize, Turing Award, and Fields Medal, were involved in the nomination process alone. Prof Mak’s award-winning project is ‘Battery-less Intelligent Electronic Chips’, which is expected to solve two technical bottlenecks in the development of massive Internet of Things in China, namely manual battery replacement and batteries not being environmentally friendly. ‘Scientific research in Macao did not have a high starting point, but with the support of the country in various aspects and the frequent interaction with other parts of the Greater Bay Area in the past few years, we have been making rapid progress. We will continue to work hard with a focus on quality over quantity to contribute to scientific innovation in China,’ says Prof Mak.

Born and raised in Macao, Prof Mak is also currently the deputy director (research) of UM’s Institute of Microelectronics. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and an overseas expert of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Prof Mak is an internationally recognised expert in the field of integrated circuits, specialising in radio frequency and analog integrated circuits. He was awarded a commemorative medal for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and was selected as a representative on Macao’s float during the National Day Parade in 2019. In addition, he received a second prize of the State Science and Technological Progress Award in 2011 and the Certificate of Merit from the Macao SAR government in 2005, and has received six prizes in the Technological Invention Award category of the Macao Science and Technology Awards since 2012. Prof Mak is also a co-founder of Digifluidic, UM’s first start-up company based on industry-academia collaboration, which produces digital microfluidic chips and automated nucleic acid analysis systems to facilitate low-cost and rapid food safety screening and disease detection.

The Xplorer Prize was jointly initiated in 2018 by Tencent Foundation initiator Ma Huateng and 14 renowned scientists, including Chen Ning Yang, Rao Yi, Shi Yigong, Pan Jianwei, and Xie Xiaoliang. It is one of the funding schemes with high amount of sponsorships for young talent in science and technology in China. The awards cover ten areas of basic sciences and cutting-edge technology, and 200 winners have been selected over the past four years. As a scientist-led public service award, the Xplorer Prize upholds the mission of ‘looking towards the future, rewarding scholars with potential, and encouraging exploration’ through encouraging young talent to explore new frontiers in science and technology and studying the feasibility of a sustainable and stable input mechanism in society for supporting basic research and talent development.



麥沛然是土生土長的澳門人,現任澳大微電子研究院副院長(研究),亦是國際電機電子工程師學會會士(IEEE Fellow)、英國工程技術學會會士(IET Fellow)、英國皇家化學會會士(RSC Fellow)和中國科學院海外專家。他是國際公認的集成電路領域專家,專注於射頻和模擬電路領域的研究。他於2019年獲國慶70周年紀念章和獲選澳門彩車代表、2011年獲國家科學技術進步二等獎、2005年獲澳門政府授勛功績獎狀,2012年起6獲澳門技術發明獎。麥沛然也是澳大首個產學研創業公司Digifluidic聯合創始人,該公司以數字微流控芯片和自動化核酸分析系統爲核心產品,促進低成本和快速食品安全檢查及疾病篩查的發展。


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