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Wednesday, 03 June 2015

Sweta Bhansali receives the 2015 E-MRS Graduate Student Award

Doctoral Student Sweta Bhansali, from the Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group, received the 2015 E-MRS Graduate Student Award for her work in thermoelectric materials.

PhD student Sweta Bhansali, from the Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group led by ICREA Research Prof Clivia Sotomayor-Torres, received a 2015 E-MRS Graduate Student Award for her contribution in the field of nanostructured thermoelectrics using oxides. Thermoelectricity converts wasted heat into electricity and vice-versa. In the quest of finding green materials, oxides are one of the best candidates.

The young award-winning researcher focuses on developing an enhanced n-type material (with a larger electron concentration than hole concentration) for a thermoelectric module using graphene and oxides. She made an oral presentation at the 2015 spring meeting of the E-MRS held in Lille, France, past 11-15 May, on the topic ‘SrTiO3 Thin Films as Highly Efficient n-type Thermoelectric Materials’. SrTiO3 Thin Films have attracted growing attention for thermoelectric power generation at high temperatures on the basis of their potential advantages over heavy metallic alloys.

E-MRS Graduate Student Awards seeks to recognize students of exceptional ability who show promise for significant future achievement in materials research. The work developed by Sweta Bhansali at ICN2 meets all the requirements to receive the award and was considered to lead to excellent future prospects and innovation.