Functional Material researchers threefold rewarded
The Functional Material research group at School of ICT have recently been greatly awarded when three of their researchers received prestigious awards.
Associate Professor, Muhammet Toprak has received an award from the Swedish Turkish Business network Sweturk. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Turks in Europe, Successful candidates in different categories such as politics, academia or sports were honoured this award. Muhammet Toprak received the academia award.
– This is important for us because it shows that the work we are doing here is not only acknowledged by the Swedish community but also by the Turkish community. And that gives me a good connection with Turkish researchers for future collaborations, says Muhammet Toprak.
Recently graduated PhD Xiaodi Wang, has received the 2011 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad by China Scholarship Council (CSC). This annual award of 6000 dollars was established in 2003 and Xiaodi Wang is the sixth student from School of ICT who has received it.
– I am feeling proud of this award and it encourages my future career, says Xiaodi Wang.
The Chinese Government wants to encourage Chinese students abroad to contribute to the Chinese development through cooperation work between China and the country where they are studying.
– I like Sweden and now when I have finished my PhD I would like to get a job here but of course I will also look for possibilities to cooperate with China, says Xiaodi Wang.
Xiaodi Wang has been researching mainly on fuel cells and most of it, is energy related.
– It’s a work close to our life and also close to the industry so I hope that I will get a position in the industry that also includes R&D, says Xiaodi Wang.
Another PhD student in the Functional Material research group, Mohsin Saleemi, is researching on Nano materials for energy applications. He has received an award from Thermal Engineering Research Institute, Värmeforsk. The reward consists of a scholarship on 17 000 Swedish kronor that finances representation of Swedish students at international conferences. Mohsin Saleemi received the award for the project, Nano-Engineered Thermoelectric Materials for Energy Applications which is a collaboration with Vattenfall.
– The project is about how to manage the waste heat and how to recover the waste heat in terms of energy, says Mohsin Saleemi.
Mohsin was one of two selected students who received this award out of more than 180 applicants.
– I am happy for this award and my aim is to use this scholarship as a key in order to learn more on this subject and to bring more contacts for the Swedish research and future cooperations, says Mohsin Saleemi.