The School of Chemistry congratulates Dr Sihai Yang, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, who has been awarded two prestigious prizes in recognition of his outstanding research. He was selected as one of the recipients of an Honourable Mention Award in the 2012 International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Prize for Young Chemists. This global competition has been established to encourage outstanding young research scientists at the beginning of their careers and is awarded for the most outstanding Ph.D. theses in the general area of the chemical sciences, as described in a 1000-word essay.
Sihai’s submission entitled ‘Modulating Porosity in Metal Organic Frameworks’ summarised his Ph.D. research completed at Nottingham under the supervision of Professor Martin Schröder. His entry faced stiff competition from 41 other applications from 19 countries and it is a considerable achievement that his essay was awarded an Honourable Mention by the judging panel comprised of internationally leading experts in different areas of chemistry.
Sihai has also been awarded the Diamond Young Investigator of the Year Award. This prize is awarded to an early career researcher who is adjudged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the success of a project using the Diamond synchrotron light source. Sihai faced tough competition from outstanding researchers from across the biological and physical sciences in the UK but the judges felt that his work on analysing the structures of novel metal organic frameworks had made an exceptional contribution to synchrotron science.
[Image courtesy of Diamond Light Source]
Posted on Thursday 12th July 2012