Ding, pictured on the banks of Lake Constance, where the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings have been hosted every year since 1951.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for a young scientist to meet Nobel laureates and have rich discussions all week about all facets of science and its global importance,” said Dr. Marcetta Y. Darensbourg, Texas A&M distinguished professor of chemistry.
Since coming to Texas A&M in 2012 in pursuit of his doctorate in chemistry, Ding has been a member of not one but two Texas A&M Department of Chemistry research groups: Darensbourg’s and Dr. Michael B. Hall’s.
Within Hall’s group, Ding works on developing theoretical and computational techniques to analyze electronic structure problems in complex electrochemical processes that define a deceptively simple reaction: the combination of electrons and protons to make hydrogen. This is the basis of nature’s fuel cells – hydrogen-processing enzymes – as well as synthetic catalysts that are inspired by the little inorganic centers of the biocatalysts. The key features of the synthetic catalysts prepared in the Darensbourg group are tied together by computational studies in the Hall group.
“Using his computer as his laboratory, Shengda has provided synergy that connects synthesis, structure, spectroscopy and electrochemistry into a hypothesis that guides our understanding about how these molecules make hydrogen, thus advancing the chemistry in this important area,” Hall said.
En route to the Lindau meeting, Ding made a stopover in Mülheim, Germany, where he was hosted by collaborators at the .
Shortly after World War II, Count Lennart Bernadotte, a member of the Swedish royal family, first conceived the idea of having Nobel laureates meet with young researchers to discuss peaceful uses of science at Lindau, an island near his home on Mainau.
Since 1951, the Lindau meetings have been jointly organized by the Council and Foundation in cooperation with more than 200 of the most renowned science and research institutions worldwide. In the majority of cases, the young scientists in attendance are nominated by these academic partners in order to apply for participation.
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