President of the Russian Academy of Engineering (RAE) Prof. Boris Vladimirovich Gusev will be delivering a speech titled “Contemporary Representation of the Three-Dimensional Chemical Elements Matrix and Prediction of 100 New Elements” at 2p.m., the 17th, at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Together with the world-renowned scholar Prof. Igor Emri, he visited the Tang Prize Foundation today (14th), exchanging ideas with CEO of the Foundation, Dr. Jenn-Chuan Chern and other representatives, about chemical studies, environmental protection and sustainable development.
The periodic table of chemical elements is a common language in the scientific community and one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of science. It captures the essence of not only chemistry, but also of physics, medicine, earth science and biology, and has profound influence on applied science and engineering science. 2019 marked the 150th anniversary of the first periodic table devised by the Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869. UNESCO thus declared 2019 the “International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019).”
To celebrate this momentous invention, the Taiwan Chapter of International Academy of Engineering (TCIAE) invited Prof. Gusev to Taiwan to give a talk on this subject, in the hope that people in Taiwan can not only gain a deeper understanding of chemical elements and pay more attention to issues surrounding chemistry, our environment and the importance of sustainability, but also be inspired to engage in the research and development of new technologies. These are two goals that can be achieved through the dissemination of scientific knowledge and more interaction between different scientific fields.
Prof. Emri, who travelled to the Foundation with Prof. Gusev, earned his reputation by developing an innovative-theoretical approach, known as the “Knauss-Emri model,” to study the non-linear behavior of time-dependent materials. His current research focuses on the study of non-linear, time-dependent behavior of dissipative systems, with the emphasis on behavior of solid polymers and their nano-, micro-, and macro-composites and granular systems. He will be spending some time in the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering to discuss with experts about how rheological materials can be used in building earthquake resistant structures.
Prof. Emri is the former chair professor of mechanics in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Ljubljana. He is also one of the founders and editor-in-chief of the international journal, Mechanics of Time Dependent Materials. Highly respected for his specialty in mechanical engineering, he has been named a member of the Society of Experimental Mechanics, RAE, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, European Academy of Sciences, Slovenian Academy of Engineering, and Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. In addition, he is the co-chairman of the Science Europe Scientific Advisory Committee, former chair of the Science Europe Scientific Committee on the Engineering and Technical Sciences (ENGITECH) and former president of the International Committee on Rheology (ICR).