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Twelve PhD students graduate in the use of nanomaterials for sustainable energy

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In 2014, NanoLund was awarded in total 3.2 ME by the European Commission to train as many as twelve PhD students in the area of nanoscale materials for sustainable energy applications.
Today, on the occasion of the graduation of Hailiang Xu, we proudly report that all twelve have graduated, and have produced a vast amount of new scientific findings on the way.

The PhD4Energy project was funded from 2014 to 2018 under the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions Grant no 608153. Research Executive Agency Project advisor Athina Zampara supported us throughout those five years.

Of the twelve students, currently, half are employed by private companies and half went on to academic careers: Xulu Zeng, Maryam Khalilian, Artis Svilans, Vilgaile Dagyte, I-Ju Chen, Andrea Troian, Hailiang Xu, Damiano Verardo, Laura Abariute, Stefán Bragi Gunnarsson, Sara Kheradsoud, Yang Chen. We wish them continued good success in their careers!

Meanwhile, the research resulted in more than 50 publications that made significant contributions to research in fields like semiconductor physics and nanosafety. Nanowires composed of III-V materials achieved highly efficient photovoltaic energy conversion. These enable the integration into highly flexible devices. Thermoelectric energy conversion in nanowires reached the limit of what is thermodynamically possible. Within nitride materials, methods to produce cost-effective, phosphor-free LEDs for blue and UV lighting were developed. Characterization and modeling supported the materials science all the way. Also, the safety and sustainability of our novel nanomaterials and device fabrication were evaluated.

Thanks to all our secondment hosts

PhD4Energy was the first of the grants hosted by NanoLund that comprised secondments. A secondment means spending time outside academia or abroad. Indeed, eight of the secondments were done in industry, two in non-profit institutions, one in a governmental organization, and one at a major research infrastructure.

We would like to thank all hosts of the secondments, namely IBM Research Zurich, Exalos AG, Gaia Solar, Max IV laboratory, Red Glead Discovery, IRND3 (San Francisco), Akzo Nobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals AB, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, QuantumWise, and Fraunhofer ISE. All of the students were positive about the secondments and felt that it was a great opportunity to broaden their professional perspectives and network. We at NanoLund are especially happy about the success of the secondments, as we are in an early phase of another project, the MSCA-Cofund GenerationNano (No 945378) that also includes secondments as part of the Ph.D. studies:

Generation Nano