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The Ottewill International Travel Scholarship for Qian Sun

last modified Nov 10, 2016 10:27 AM

Qian Sun has recently been awarded the Ottewill International Travel Scholarship. This competitive award is given to only one UK-based graduate student a year and has a value of £1000. The award is named after Professor Ronald Harry Ottewill, an outstanding international colloid chemist who was based at the colloid science department in Cambridge from 1952 until 1964.

Qian is currently a third year PhD student in the Colloidal Dispersions Group. Her project looks at microencapsulation and she is making metal coated colloidosomes which can seal the core and be used as carriers for small molecules.   

silvershell250.jpgThe image shows some silver coated capsules that Qian has made. The water core has a diameter of about one micron and it is surrounded by a polymer shell – the silver particles coating the surface can then be seen. The capsules can be attached to proteins, enabling biospecificity. The aim of the project is to deliver the encapsulated drugs to specific sites within the body. The image was selected as the front cover of the European Polymer Journal this year.

Qian said, "I am delighted to have received this award. Many thanks to my supervisor Dr Alex Routh and all my group members for helping me so much. I am enjoying my studies in CEB and BP Institute in Cambridge very much." Qian will be using the award to attend the ACS Colloid and Interface Science meeting in New York City in July, 2017.

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