Lancaster Physics PhD student Sergio Gonzalez-Munoz has won a prestigious award at the 2023 Fall Meeting of the European Materials Research Society.
The Young Researcher award recognises graduate students of exceptional ability who demonstrate a high level of excellence in materials research showing promise for significant future achievement in this area.
Sergio was the lead author on a paper published in Advanced Material Interfaces which used cross-sectional scanning thermal microscopy to independently measure the in-plane and cross-plane thermal conductivity in nanoscale flakes of indium selenide.
He said: ““I am both delighted and greatly honoured to have received this award. It is deeply satisfying to see my studies highlighted in such a prestigious event, where I could disseminate our research about the novel thermal and thermoelectric behaviour of bidimensional materials to a renowned international audience.”
The European Materials Research Society Young Researcher Awards are intended to honour and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction.
Lancaster’s Professor of Nanoscience Oleg Kolosov said: ““Sergio has a unique ability to combine the exploratory spirit of the inquisitive researcher, allowing him to overcome challenging problems of experimental research, and the in-depth knowledge of underlying theory.
“This enabled him to solve one of the hardest problems of experimentally measuring the directional thermal transport in two-dimensional materials assembled from a few single atomic layers held together by weak van der Waals forces.”
Sergio Gonzalez-Munoz said: “Thermal energy dissipation and harvesting are major topics in modern-day electronics, and our work delivers the necessary tools to understand the intrinsic directionality of heat in such devices as well as providing a platform for enhanced thermoelectric efficiency. Having received this award validates the impact that this subject has in nanotechnology and opens exciting opportunities for my future research in the field.”Back to News