I am thrilled to announce that I have been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award by the US–UK Fulbright Commission and Lloyd’s Tercentenary Research Foundation.
This prestigious fellowship will enable me to undertake pioneering interdisciplinary research on improving the efficiency of solar energy technologies. High energy light that is typically wasted in traditional solar cells can be split in half by some materials, creating two excitations of useable energy from a single photon. Only a handful of materials are known to be able to do this, and during this fellowship I will investigate the complex mechanisms of the process with the aim to construct design rules to direct the creation of next-generation solar devices.
I’ll be carrying out my fellowship in the groups of Prof. Luis Campos at Columbia University and Dr. Dan Congreve at the Rowland Institute at Harvard University. The full press release is below, together with some information about both the Fulbright Awards and Lloyd’s of London.
About the Fulbright Awards
The US-UK Fulbright Commission, now in its 70th year, was founded by diplomatic treaty in 1948 to foster intercultural understanding between the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland through educational exchange. The Fulbright Commission is part of the scholarship programme conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients will be the leaders of tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the US and UK.
The Commission continues to support Senator Fulbright’s vision through our scholarship and summer programmes, enabling British and American citizens to study, research or teach at universities on either side of the Atlantic.
There have been over 27,000 Fulbright exchanges between our two countries so far. Prominent alumni of the US-UK Fulbright programme include poet Sylvia Plath; politician Charles Kennedy; and the economist and Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman.
“Our future is not in the stars but in our minds and hearts. Creative leadership and liberal education … are the first requirements for a hopeful future for humankind. Fostering these – leadership, learning, and empathy between cultures – was and remains the purpose of the international scholarship program.”
— Senator J William Fulbright
Lloyd’s Tercentenary Research Foundation
Lloyd’s Tercentenary Research Foundation was established to mark the tercentenary of Lloyd’s in 1988. Since then, it has funded over 100 years of academic research in the fields of engineering, science, medicine, business and the environment through the provision of postdoctoral fellowships and business scholarships.
In collaboration with the US-UK Fulbright Commission, Lloyd’s Tercentenary Research Foundation funds scholarships for UK academics or professionals to undertake research in the US on a risk-related subject, including climate change.