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Published on 17.09.12

Professor Valeria Nicolosi awarded 2012 RDS / Intel Prize Lecture for Nanoscience

Professor Valeria Nicolosi

Professor Valeria Nicolosi, ERC Research Professor at the School of Physics and the School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin and Principal Investigator at CRANN, TCD, has been awarded the 2012 RDS / Intel Prize Lecture for Nanoscience in recognition of her contribution to the field of Nanoscience. The Award recognises her world leading research as well as her strong commitment to communicating her research to a diverse audience.

The RDS / Intel Prize Lecture for Nanoscience was established in recognition of the significant achievements being made by Irish scientists and scientists based in Ireland to the field of nanoscience. Supported by The Irish Times, the award in 2012 is for an early-career stage scientist based in Ireland who has been awarded their PhD degree within the last eight years.

Internationally regarded as a leading expert in the field of processing of low-dimensional nanostructures and electron microscopy, Professor Nicolosi researches novel materials such as graphene and other one-atom materials whose properties make them super strong, lightweight and electrically conductive and form the basis for new technologies which will enable next generation semiconductor and energy storage devices. Her research has the capacity to impact the development of faster, smaller and lighter mobile electronics devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

Professor Nicolosi has a strong commitment to communicating her research to a diverse audience and she has received numerous awards for both her research and communication ability including an ERC Starting Grant Award, a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship, and she was the single University of Oxford nominee for the 2010 ‘Science and Technology in Society’ Forum. A gifted and energetic public speaker, Professor Nicolosi routinely makes her research topical and accessible to all audiences and she actively supports the outreach and education programmes within CRANN.

Professor Nicolosi will present a free, public lecture in the RDS Concert Hall on November 20, 2012 at 7.00pm, where she will be awarded an RDS medal in recognition of her achievement. Please visit www.rds.ie/nanoscience, email foundation@rds.ie or call 01 2407 263 for further information.

Since 1731, the RDS has continued to further the broad economic and cultural development of Ireland. The RDS / Intel Prize Lecture for Nanoscience is part of the RDS Foundation’s Science & Technology programme which aims to support excellence in scientific endeavour and communication and emphasise the importance of science and technology in economic and social development.

Click here to read about this story in the Irish Times- 'Trinity physicist recognised for her world-leading research in nanoscience'

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