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Nanoscientist are awarded the Skyttean Prize

Published: 23 March 2021

Shiyu Geng, associate senior lecturer of materials science at Luleå University of Technology, has received the Royal Skyttean Society's award for young researchers. The prize money is SEK 20,000.

− It is a great honor to be awarded by this long-time running royal academy. I feel like it is a rewarding milestone which summarize my work and achievements during the last few years and encourage me to keep working hard in this area, confidently and enthusiastically. I feel very much thankful for the supports that I received from the research group and all my collaborators, says Shiyu Geng.

Research about the use of nanotechnology

Shiyu Geng's research is on the use of nanotechnology in materials science with a focus on creating new nanostructured composites for new types of packaging and for the development of bio-based carbon nanomaterials that can be used in future energy storage units and in carbon capture. She hopes that the award from the Royal Skyttean Society will further strengthen her research.

− This award will definitely draw more attention to my research from a broader audience. Besides, it will also support me in things like networking and funding acquisition, etc., to further develop my academic career. I think all these aspects mean a lot for a scientist.

The prize money of SEK 20,000 comes in handy during these pandemic times.

− Considering the current circumstance, I will buy something useful to make my home-working environment better.

The Board's justification

Shiyu Geng presents a very impressive research. Following her dissertation in 2018 at Luleå University of Technology in the subject Bionano Composites, she has published 11 articles and presented her research both internationally and nationally. She has a total of 30 published articles, which is very good for a young researcher at the beginning of her academic career. Geng is a hired reviewer for highly regarded scientific journals. Her research is on the use of nanotechnology in materials science with a focus on creating new nanostructured composites for new types of packaging and for the development of bio-based carbon nanomaterials for use in future energy storage units and carbon capture. She is a very active researcher and participates as a researcher in Treesearch, Wallenberg Wood Science Center and in Bio4Energy, the most important research centers in Sweden in biomaterials. As an example of the impact her research has had can be mentioned the production of 100% bio-based carbon aerogels, ie. extremely light and porous materials (99% air) made from lignin and cellulose nanofibers (lignin is an industrial waste product). Her research has shown very interesting results, including that these materials can be used as electrode materials for energy storage and as carbon dioxide traps. She has also developed bionano composites with extremely high mechanical properties through excellent dispersion and orientation. All in all, we find that Shiyu Geng is very suitable to be awarded the Skyttean Society's prize 2021 to prominent younger researchers at Luleå University of Technology.

Contact

Shiyu Geng

Geng, Shiyu - Associate Senior Lecturer

Organisation: Wood and Bionanocomposites, Materials Science, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
Phone: +46 (0)920 491968
Room: E171b - Luleå»

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