Shen Panwen, male, Han nationality, is a native of Conghua, Guangdong Province. He graduated from the Chemistry Department of Southwest China United University in 1948 and holds the title of senior academician.
A chemist by training, Shen has long served as a professor at Nanjing University. He lectured on organic chemistry for university freshmen and also taught chemistry teachers at several different levels. Shen has also labored to improve organic chemistry texts for students; he compiled, translated, and published a group of monographs in textbooks. He is recognized as making significant contributions to organic chemistry education methods.
As for his academic research, Shen's studies have focused on metal hydrides. His experiments have examined a series of metal hydrides of ion types, including a compound hydride of boron and aluminum. He later concentrated on three types of main depot hydrogen alloys and developed a reversible battery of nickel/metal hydride on the base of depot hydrogen alloy.
In 1980, he was elected as an academician to the Chinese Academy of Sciences.