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Daiwa Adrian Prize 2013 awarded to UCL/ Tokyo research team

24 July 2013


The charge density of electrons in calcium aluminate

Professor Alexander Shluger and Dr Peter Sushko have been awarded one of the 2013 Daiwa Adrian Prizes, which recognise significant scientific collaboration between Japanese and British research teams. The UCL team was awarded the prize jointly with researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology for a longstanding collaboration in materials science.

The prizes, awarded every three years, acknowledge those that have combined excellence in scientific achievement with a long-term contribution to UK-Japan relations. UCL’s close relations with Japan date back to the 1860s, when it was the first European university to admit Japanese students.

The winning research teams will receive £10,000 and a prize giving ceremony will be held at the Royal Society in London on 27 November 2013.

Professor Shluger, lead researcher for the UCL team, said “This is the excellent result of our long-standing collaboration with the group of Professor Hideo Hosono at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. I am particularly happy for the young researchers involved in this project, Dr's Sushko, Hayashi and Toda, whose efforts made this project a success.”

This is the excellent result of our long-standing collaboration with the group of Professor Hideo Hosono at the Tokyo Institute of Technology

Professor Alex Shluger

The collaboration seeks to find novel properties of materials made up of relatively common elements. For instance, one focus of the research has been on calcium aluminate, a transparent material which can conduct electricity, and which is made of cheap and abundant elements. Currently used compounds with these properties require rare and expensive materials – a major issue in Japan, which has very few mineral deposits, and a large high-tech manufacturing sector.

The Japanese team focused on experimental study of the materials, with UCL’s researchers providing theoretical analysis based on computer simulations. This combination of theoretical and experimental study is a highly effective way to attack scientific problems from two different perspectives.

The UCL and Japanese teams have been collaborating since 2003. Their latest paper has just been accepted for publication in Nature Communications.

Notes

The prize was awarded for a project entitled Exploration of Active Functionality in Abundant Oxide Materials Utilizing Unique Nanostructure: discovering novel properties of traditional materials through curiosity-driven research.

Image

The charge density of electrons in calcium aluminate

Credit: Peter Shushko (UCL Physics & Astronony / London Centre for Nanotechnology)

This image can be reproduced freely providing the source is credited

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