The recognition of the Vietnamese female scientists comes after they received the 2019 L’Oréal-UNESCO National Fellowship for Women in Science, an award which honors the excellence of women who are on the cutting edge of scientific research.

Among the three is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ho Thi Thanh Van, currently working at the Ho Chi Minh city University of Natural Resources and Environment.

Ranking at the 23rd position, she won praise for synthesising novel nanomaterials which can enhance the efficiency of fuel cells.

The second Vietnamese scientist in the list is Dr. Tran Thi Hong Hanh, a researcher working at the Vietnam Academy for Science and Technology, who is ranked in 32nd position.

Ms. Hanh has been hailed for her research on the use of finger chromatography as a means of assessing the quality of medicinal herbs sold commercially throughout the nation.

The final Vietnamese female scientist to make the list is Dr. Pham Thi Thu Ha in the agriculture category.

Coming in at 87th position in the Top 100, she currently works at Ton Duc Thang University.

Her research is renowned for utilizing molecular markers as a means of developing high-yielding salt-tolerant rice varieties in affected areas throughout the Mekong Delta.

This is the fourth consecutive year the Asian Scientist magazine has announced a list of the continent’s leading scientists, commemorating their research and contribution to science.

This year’s leading three researchers are Dr. Akira Chiba of the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan, Dr. Dishant Mayurbhai Pancholi of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in India, and Dr. Yang Tong of the City University of Hong Kong (China)./.