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Dr. Nguyen Thi Nghi Nhan Receives Prestigious "Best PhD Thesis Award" at the International Solvothermal and Hydrothermal Association Conference, Valladolid, Spain

Written & Image Credit to NCKU Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering.
The Scientific Committee awarded the Certificate for the Best Doctoral Thesis Award to Dr. Nguyen Thi Nghi Nhan (second from the right).
In a remarkable achievement, Dr. Nguyen Thi Nghi Nhan, currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Materials Science and Engineering Department of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), has been honored with the distinguished "Best Ph.D Thesis Award." The recognition was conferred upon her for her outstanding doctoral work presented at the International Solvothermal and Hydrothermal Association Conference held in Spain on September 10-13. Dr. Nguyen's groundbreaking research, conducted under the guidance of her advisor, Prof. Kao Shuo Chang, has significantly contributed to the field of materials science.
The awarded thesis, titled "Hydrothermal-based Synthesis of p-BiFeO3 and n-ZnO and Their Composite Films for Various Applications," explores innovative methods for the synthesis of materials with diverse applications. Dr. Nguyen's research focuses on the hydrothermal synthesis of p-BiFeO3 and n-ZnO, coupled with the development of composite films, highlights their potential applications in various technological domains, including piezo-photodegradation, piezo-photoelectrochemical water splitting, and nanogenerator technologies. Research contributions are reflected in several publications, including papers in prestigious journals such as the Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy.
Group photo of Dr. Nguyen Thi Nghi Nhan with Professors at the award ceremony.
The award, presented at the esteemed international conference, reflects not only Dr. Nguyen's individual brilliance but also underscores the high standards of research excellence fostered at National Cheng Kung University. Remarkably, this marks the first instance of a scholar from Taiwan receiving this distinguished award. Prof. Kao Shuo Chang, the esteemed advisor, expressed immense pride in Dr. Nguyen's accomplishments, highlighting the rigorous and pioneering nature of her research. "Dr. Nguyen's dedication, creativity, and meticulous approach to her work have led to this well-deserved recognition. Her thesis not only pushes the boundaries of knowledge in materials science but also holds great promise for practical applications,” said Prof. Chang.
The International Solvothermal and Hydrothermal Association Conference in Spain, where Dr. Nguyen received this prestigious accolade, is renowned for bringing together leading experts and researchers in the field of hydrothermal and solvothermal synthesis. The "Best Ph.D Thesis Award" serves as a testament to Dr. Nguyen's exceptional contributions to this dynamic scientific community. Dr. Nguyen expressed her gratitude for the recognition: "I am truly honored to receive the Best Ph.D Thesis Award. This achievement would not have been possible without the unwavering support and guidance of Prof. Kao Shuo Chang, as well as the collaborative spirit of the scientific community. Additionally, I am grateful to Prof. Masahiro Yoshimura, who introduced me to this award."
In her postdoctoral position at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NCKU, Dr. Nguyen continues to contribute to cutting-edge research, building on the foundation laid during her doctoral studies. This worldwide recognition not only affirms Dr. Nguyen's academic excellence but also emphasizes the significance of her research in advancing the understanding and application of hydrothermal synthesis. This acknowledgment serves as a catalyst for Dr. Nguyen and Prof. Kao Shuo Chang to explore new avenues in the continually evolving field of materials science.
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