Natural scientist Dr Ying Pan has been awarded the Paderborn University's Postdoctoral Fellowship 2023 and can therefore look forward to monthly funding of 2,400 euros for a period of 18 months. She is researching the conversion of mechanical energy into environmentally friendly chemical fuels. Prof Dr Johannes Blömer, Vice President for Research and Young Scientists, presented the certificate and congratulated her together with President Prof Dr Birgitt Riegraf. The aim of the scholarship is to enable talented female academics to pursue a successful career in research and teaching after completing their doctorate.
Pan completed her doctorate at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia and has been working at Paderborn University since June 2023. Here she cooperates with Junior Professor Dr Nieves Lopez Salas, head of the "Sustainable Materials Chemistry" working group. Pan's research focusses on innovative strategies for producing hydrogen and hydrogen peroxide without any additional power supply, using only mechanical vibration and water. "Carbon materials are abundant, reliable and inexpensive catalysts. They can also transduce mechanical vibration energy, and therefore have the potential to be used to convert mechanical energy into green fuels and chemicals," says the scientist, explaining her project.
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