Indian scientist Syed Mohd Amir (L) and German scientist Wolfgang Kreuzpaintner (R)
China's first spallation neutron source, the world's fourth such facility, is in Dongguan. As a "super microscope", China Spallation Neutron Source (CSNS) is vital in understanding the characteristics and behaviour of certain materials. It can be applied in a wide range of fields, including life science, new energy and nanotechnology. It is like a "super magnet", attracting the most advanced scientific research institutions and top talents from all over the world.
The academician Chen Hesheng, also the general director of the project, once predicted that "in a few years, it will be a commonplace thing to encounter world-class scientists in Songshan Lake." Now, the words have gradually become a reality. From 2019 to 2020, the overseas scientists Dr Wolfgang Kreuzpaintner and Dr Syed Mohd Amir joined the CSNS, helping to build a high-quality Dongguan.
Wolfgang Kreuzpaintner (M) and his colleagues are having a scientific discussion.
Dongguan is speeding fast.
Dr Wolfgang is from Germany. After obtaining a PhD in physics from the University of Hamburg in 2010, he joined the Technical University of Munich as a post-doctoral researcher, focusing on X-ray and neutron scattering technology in multiferroic thin film materials. He is an expert in the field of thin films, X-ray and neutron instruments.
From 2015 to 2018, he was geared toward studying magnetism in thin films, hetero-structures and nanostructured materials and related electronic systems using X-rays, neutrons, and synchrotron radiation, which has very extensive application now and in the future. From magnetic data storage to neutron polarization equipment are all within the application scope.
In 2018, Dr Wolfgang was invited to give a presentation at Songshan Lake in Dongguan. "At that time, I realized that this was quite a big thing. Everything was new, and everything was dynamic." It was an excellent opportunity to make the most of his talents. In 2019, after obtaining the qualification of a tutor at the Technical University of Munich, he officially joined the CSNS in September, and he became a member of the Tong Xin researcher's team. He is dedicated to the construction and development of neutron polarization devices for domestic and foreign researchers. In less than two years after that, he witnessed rapid growth and improvements at CSNS.
During his scientific research period in Dongguan, what impressed him most was the development speed of Dongguan. In the past two years, the Science Center of CSNS has jointly worked with the City University of Hong Kong, the University of Macau, and Dongguan Institute of Technology to set up the "Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao neutron scattering science and technology joint laboratory". Furthermore, the CSNS has joined hands with the City University of Hong Kong and Dongguan Institute of Technology to build a multi-physics spectrometer, which successfully obtained a neutron beam on January 26 this year. And dozens of advanced scientific research equipment have finished debugging and are ready to come into service. "The speed of development here is breakneck, which is impressive, especially for someone who comes from Europe, or Germany." he explained, "There's a lot of changes happening in a very short time. I would say it reaches a point in 2 years that other places may need ten years to reach."
In April, Songshan Lake Science City, as the first start-up area of the Comprehensive National Science Center in the Greater Bay Area, was officially launched. Several large advanced scientific devices and first-class laboratories such as the Advanced Light Source and the Songshan Lake materials laboratory settled in Songshan Lake, all close to the CSNS. Mentioning that, the top scientist is full of expectations. He believes that it will attract a large number of scientists to work here. And the advanced equipment concentrated in Dongguan will make it more convenient for the researchers to do experiments in the future. "I think it's good to bring scientists together in one place. We don't have to travel so far. We don't have to look around for the equipment. It helps and improves scientific exchanges. That's an excellent thing."