A Swansea chemistry researcher has been awarded a scholarship to support his work on molecules known as “radicals”, which could help improve the efficiency and performance of technologies such as solar cells and batteries.
John Hudson of the department of chemistry has been awarded one of only three scholarships of £5,000 given by the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), a global network of innovators, formed in 1881 by prominent scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs.
‘Radicals’ are molecules that contain unpaired electrons, differing to most molecules where electrons are paired. Understanding the interactions between unpaired and paired electrons in these systems is at the heart of John Hudson’s research.
He designs novel systems from ’radical’ molecules to demonstrate new physical mechanisms for energy and charge transfer in organic semiconductors. These mechanisms could play a key role in improving the efficiency, lifespan and cost of sustainable technologies such as solar cells, batteries and LED lighting.
SCI Scholarships are prestigious and well respected by the industry. The SCI Scholars Fund was established in 1920 by the bequests of Rudolph Messel and John Gray, both former presidents and founding members of SCI.
SCI believes in nurturing the scientists of the future. Each year, SCI provides scholarships and bursaries to early career scientists including opportunities to attend or present at an international conference.
In addition to the scholarship, John will benefit from publishing opportunities, access to a high-calibre network to help launch his career, and opportunities to present his work and raise his profile within the scientific community.
John Hudson of Swansea University chemistry department said:
“To be recognised by the SCI is a real honour, and I would like to thank my supervisors Dr Emrys Evans and Prof Paul Meredith for their continued support and guidance. I am excited for the possibilities that the future will hold with the SCI’s support and mentorship.”
Study chemistry at Swansea University