For over thirty years, SCI has supported and recognised the excellence of early career people, by aiding their studies in the form of an SCI Scholarship.
Since 1985 over 80 scholarships have been awarded which have not only given the recipients financial assistance, but have enabled them to broaden their network, and strengthen their skills and knowledge. SCI Scholars receive access to publishing and mentoring opportunities and are given a platform to present their work amongst esteemed scientists and industrialists, thus raising their profile within the scientific community.
John Hudson was awarded an SCI Scholarship in 2021. At the end of their first year, SCI Scholars present an end of year report to SCI. Read on to find out more about what John has done in his first year as an SCI Scholar.
"My work has focused on developing ‘hybrid-semiconductor’ systems, which are formed from the combination of two or more distinct types of semiconductor, e.g. coating an organic material on a traditional inorganic semiconductor such as silicon. I have particularly focused on developing chemical systems that can transfer energy indirectly to radicals following photoexcitation. This indirect energy transfer is then used to exploit the properties of traditional semiconductor systems and transfer them to the radical.
"We have currently developed several distinct hybrid systems that demonstrate energy transfer as well as working within the RED Group to build a lab capable of measuring how the light given off by a chemical system changes with time, temperature and magnetic field.
"In the next year, we hope to investigate the magnetic and electronic properties of the hybrid systems we have created, towards novel applications. We are also looking forward to the opening in autumn of the new Centre for Integrative Semiconductor Materials in Swansea University - a new, £50 million, world-leading facility for semiconductor research.
"The support of the SCI during this period in the form of an SCI Scholarship has been instrumental to achieving these ends, allowing me to devote myself to my research and getting the RED Group facilities up and running. It has given me the freedom to apply for poster competitions such as STEM for Britain, where I was excited to be awarded a Bronze Award for Chemistry as well as First Place for the ‘Dyson Award for Research Towards a More Sustainable Future’. It additionally has supported me to attend conferences organised by the SCI in London, such as the recent “What a Chemist Needs to know about Patents 2022”.
"I finally would like to thank to the SCI Energy Committee and its chair Andy Walker for warmly welcoming me to the Energy Committee. I am very excited for the series of webinars and conferences that will be organised throughout the next year as we highlight the issues for the energy sector as the global economy strives for Net Zero."