Congratulations to the winners of the RSC prizes at Graphene 2023

Graphene 2023 took place in Manchester, UK from 27–30 June 2023. Nanoscale Horizons, Nanoscale, Nanoscale Advances, and RSC Applied Interfaces were delighted to attend and provide poster prizes for the excellent posters shared during the conference. Please join us in congratulating our winners!

Xiaofang Kang.


Nanoscale Horizons Poster Prize

Xiaofang Kang (Leiden University, Netherlands)
Poster Title: “Selective proton channel in monolayer graphene tuned by sulfophenylation of CVD graphene”

Xiaofang Kang is a Ph.D. student at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University, under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Grégory Schneider. She obtained her B.S. (2017) in Materials Science and Engineering from Beijing University of Technology, and M.S. (2020) in Nano Science from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Her current research focuses on the utilization of graphene as a proton transport membrane to enhance proton conductivity through the surface functionalization of graphene, while also investigating the underlying mechanisms that influence proton transport on the graphene surface.



Hyeonwoo Cho.


Nanoscale Poster Prize

Hyeonwoo Cho (Seoul National University, South Korea)
Poster Title: “Incorporating graphene-quantum-dots into lithium-sulfur batteries for enhanced electrochemical performance with optimized sulfur nucleation”

Hyeonwoo Cho is an integrated M.S. and Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry at Seoul National University, working under the guidance of Professor Byung Hee Hong. Her research focuses on exploring the potential application of nano materials with a graphene lattice, including graphene and GQDs, in the field of batteries.



Mohammad Israil Hossain.


Nanoscale Advances Poster Prize

Mohammad Israil Hossain (University of Manchester, UK)
Poster Title: “Synthesis of core-shell nanostructure graphene oxide-vortex rings (GO-VRs) for heavy metal purification”

Md. Israil Hossain (Rafi) is a PhD researcher in nano and functional materials at the University of Manchester, under the supervision of Prof. Aravind Vijayaraghavan. His research is focused on graphene-based composite nanomaterials and water purification. He has been awarded Commonwealth Scholarship-2020 Doc Research, UK. He obtained M.Sc. in Leather Engineering (2018) and B.Sc. in Footwear Engineering (2016) from the Institute of Leather Engineering and Technology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was granted the Young Scientist award-2021. He worked as a technical expert at ECOLEBAN Bangladesh joint project (Bangladesh and Spain) funded by He has experience working with some other national and international organizations as well. He is an adjunct faculty and former Assistant Professor at the Ethiopian Institute of Textile and Fashion Technology, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia.



Andrew Connolly.


RSC Applied Interfaces Poster Prize

Andrew Connolly (University of Manchester, UK)
Poster Title: “Graphene reinforcement of CuW composites for high-voltage circuit breaker applications”

Andrew Connolly is a PhD student in at the University of Manchester’s Department of Materials. He is a member of the Advanced Materials research group, under the supervision of Prof. Ian Kinloch and Dr. Mark Bissett. He obtained his BA(Mod) in physics from Trinity College Dublin in 2020. He joined the University of Manchester as an MPhil student in the same year, before transferring to a PhD position in 2021. His work centres around modifying the properties of copper tungsten (CuW) metal matrix composites using graphene fillers, with a particular focus on improving electrical arcing resistance in electrical infrastructure-grade switching gear.



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