Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, has been granted the right to host the 2026 International Conference on Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS), according to a statement released Friday by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou ).
It will be the first time that the international SIMS conference will be held on the Chinese mainland, demonstrating the progress China has made in this area in recent years.
The event will be held at HKUST (Guangzhou) which started its first-ever semester in Nansha District of Guangzhou in September, according to the release.
Weng Lutao, director of the Materials Characterization and Preparation Center of HKUST (Guangzhou), said that China has made rapid progress in the development of SIMS in recent years and China’s achievements in this field have been very appreciated by the SIMS organizing committee.
“Meanwhile, the rapid development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the geographical advantage of Nansha District with advanced transportation facilities have also helped Guangzhou qualify to host the event,” did he declare.
Weng is a chief scientist at his center and concurrently a professor in the university’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
Weng will chair the organizing committee of the SIMS 2026 international conference, while Li Xianhua, an isotope geochemist and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Zhao Lixia, an expert in semiconductor materials and executive vice-dean of the L ‘School of Electrical Engineering and Automation of Tiangong University, will serve as co-chairs.
Weng is a key member of the Chinese team that bid for the 2026 SIMS International Conference and he is also the only Chinese representative on the SIMS Organizing Committee.
According to the statement, SIMS is one of the most widely used surface analysis technologies, which plays an important role in the fields of materials, biology and earth sciences.
Due to the high cost of instruments and related equipment, SIMS started late in China. But China’s SIMS has developed rapidly in recent years, he added.
The country has not only significantly increased the number of instruments in universities and industry, but also the level of relevant academic research.
Chinese scientists from the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences published three articles in the world-renowned academic journal Nature, after studying and researching a very small sample of lunar soil brought back by the lunar probe ” Chang’e -5″ in a very short time through the use of SIMS and other analytical techniques in October 2021.
Weng said the International SIMS Conference, which is held every two years, is the main academic event of SIMS and usually attracts top scholars and experts from around the world.
North America, Europe and Asia usually take turns hosting the event. Previously, only Japan and South Korea in Asia hosted the event.
“China has already applied to host the event, but failed for various reasons,” Weng said.