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Commission on Semiconductors (C8) Young Scientist Prize 2016 Winners

Kimberly Dick Thelander, Department of Materials Science, Lund University

“For hKimberly Dick Thelanderer work to control and understand growth of nanowires, including three-dimensional structures, superlattices, crystal phase engineering and bandgap design”.


Kimberly Thelander is a Professor of Materials Science at Lund University, Lund, Sweden, appointed jointly at the division of Solid State Physics and the Center for Analysis and Synthesis. She completed undergraduate studies in Chemical Physics at the University of Waterloo, Canada, followed by a PhD in Physics from Lund University. Her research is focused on the development of novel materials in nanostructures, specifically focused on unusual polytypes and alloy semiconductors in III-V nanowires. Most recently she is involved in the development of in-situ TEM for real-time investigations of nanowire growth.



Samuel (Sam) Stranks, MIT/University of Cambridge

Sam Stranks. TED2016 Fellows. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED

“For pioneering discoveries in the field of perovskite solar cells and optoelectronics through spectroscopy”.


Sam Stranks is a TED Fellow and a Marie Curie Fellow currently based jointly at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cambridge University. He graduated from Adelaide University in 2007 with a BA and BSc (First Class Honours in Physics) and a University Medal. He completed his PhD as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University with Robin Nicholas, receiving the 2012 Institute of Physics Roy Thesis Prize for his work on carbon nantoube/polymer blends for organic solar cell applications. From 2012-2014, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher in Henry Snaith’s group at Oxford University where he was also a Junior Research Fellow at Worcester College and Lecturer in Physics at Corpus Christi College. He will establish his research group at Cambridge University as a Royal Society University Research Fellow in October 2016.

Sam’s work focuses on understanding and manipulating the optoelectronic properties of metal halide perovskites, which are generating a great deal of attention for their use in high performance solar cells and light-emission applications. He was involved in many of the early breakthroughs in this burgeoning field, including the first reports of long carrier diffusion lengths, visualization of ion migration in these materials, and description of charge carrier recombination kinetics.

Commission on Semiconductors (C8) Young Scientist Prize 2016 nominations due 31 December 2015

The nomination must be prepared in English, combined into a single consolidated PDF file and sent as an email attachment to the IUPAP-C8 Commission Secretary, Prof Rolf Haug , with a copy to the Commission Chair, Prof Michael Thewalt

The deadline for submissions of nominations is 31 December, 2015.

Please click here for submission details.