RAPID CITY, S.D. (July 31, 2014) – Xiaoxu Wang, a fifth-year graduate student in the Nanoscience and Nanoengineering Program at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has received the 2013 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad.
Sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education, the award recognizes the academic excellence of self-financed Chinese students studying overseas and is granted across all fields of study. Five hundred awardees are chosen each year of more than 400,000 overseas Chinese graduate students. Fang Maotian, the Minister Counsellor for Education Affairs of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States, presented the award to Wang and other recipients at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Awardees are selected based on their research achievements and academic merit after several rounds of judging by invited experts from China as well as their host country. The criteria for the award include the background of the students, research projects, research outcomes, publications, future career potential and a recommendation from the student’s advisor.
Under the supervision of Zhengtao Zhu, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry & Applied Biological Sciences, Wang is exploring approaches for understanding and developing photoanode materials for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). Using a photo-transient measurement system, Wang is studying the electron transport behavior and the electron loss mechanisms within the solar cell.
Based on these research findings, Wang and coworkers in the research group of Hao Fong, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry & Applied Biological Sciences, are developing flexible and high-temperature durable photoanode materials that overcome a long-standing challenge in flexible DSSC. These materials can also be used in applications for flexible energy storage and conversion devices including Li-ion batteries, supercapacitors and chemical sensors. Wang has authored and co-authored 15 peer-reviewed articles in high-impact international journals.
Wang received his B.S. degree from the Nankai University in China. He is the first-place winner of the 2014 Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate Student Award, which recognizes excellence in research by the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
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