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2019-20 UCL-Wits Seed Funds recipients announced

25 March 2020

Eight projects were awarded joint funds from UCL and University of the Witwatersrand to support collaborative research initiatives

Exterior view of the Great Hall at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg

UCL and University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have awarded just under £40,000 to eight projects in the first annual UCL-Wits seed funding call.

Applicants were invited to submit proposals for funds of up to £5,000 per project to support the development of research collaboration between UCL and Wits in the areas of material, energy and nanotechnology and migration.

Congratulations to all the successful 2019-20 applicants:

Lead UCL ApplicantResearch AreaProject Summary
Dr Rachel KingInstitute of Archaeology – SLASHExamination of migration in archaeological thought and research, with a specific focus on southern Africa. 
Dr Mark BuitelaarDepartment of Physics and Astronomy – MAPSResearch into the development of Quantum information processors or Quantum Computers with a focus on the development of new types of quantum bits (Qubits).
Dr Jonathan WildenDepartment of Chemistry – MAPSInvestigation into the role of Peroxidasin (PXDN) in cancer progression, with the aim to develop a proof-of concept assay to screen for compounds that inhibit PXDN activity.
Prof David ScanlonDepartment of Chemistry – MAPSResearch on the synthesis of new materials where their chemistry and physics is not well understood. Modelling the materials and corrrelating the results with experimental results will provide insight to the materials.
Prof Kwang-Leong ChoyInstitute for Materials Discovery – MAPSCollaboration on the synthesis and characterisation of advanced inorganic materials (quantum dots) that will be used to improve the power conversion efficiency of fully-inorganic perovskite solar cells (PSCs) and thin films.
Dr Hanna BaumannInstitute for Global Prosperity – The BartlettExploration of the links between migration and intra-urban divisions in Johannesburg, with a view to igniting an interdisciplinary conversation about walls and migrations in a range of postcolonial cities. 
Dr Miriam OrcuttInstitute for Global Health – Population Health SciencesBringing together diverse, multidisciplinary perspectives on migration and health to inform future research and generate meaningful avenues for evidence-based policy in migration health.
Dr Philippa HetheringtonSchool of Slavonic and East European StudiesThis project will focus on the connections between marriage, modern slavery, and human trafficking, with a specific emphasis on cases within Africa and Eastern Europe.

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