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Dr Xinxin Xiao wins Kathleen Lonsdale Prize 2018

28 January 2019

Dr. Xinxin Xiao, a PhD graduate of University Limerick, has been selected as this year’s winner of the Royal Irish Academy’s Kathleen Lonsdale Chemistry Prize, sponsored by Henkel. 

This award is granted to the most outstanding Irish PhD thesis in the general area of the chemical sciences.

Dr. Xinxin Xiao

Dr Xiao is an accomplished, early career chemist who has made an impactful contribution to his research field.  Xinxin Xiao studied Materials Science and Engineering at the Shandong University, China (B.S., 2011) and obtained his M.Sc. in 2014 from the same university, where he studied the use of dealloyed nanoporous gold (NPG) in the development of electrochemical biosensors. He was awarded an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship in 2014 to carry out his Ph.D. studies in the Department of Chemical Sciences at the University of Limerick under the supervision of Professor Edmond Magner

“Development of nanoporous gold based bioelectrodes”

Dr Xiao’s winner paper entitled “Development of nanoporous gold based bioelectrodes” examines the use of nanoporous gold based biofuel cells to generate electricity from body fluids. Such cells are of interest in the development of implantable and wearable power sources for bioelectronic devices. During his Ph.D., Xinxin successfully demonstrated several prototype cells, including self-powered pulse generators mimicking those used in pacemakers, contact lens supported flexible biofuel cells which can generate power from lactate present in tears and a self-powered drug release system which can enable controllable and on-demand drug delivery.

2019 IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists

The Royal Irish Academy has nominated Dr. Xiao to compete for the 2019 IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists which will be presented to the successful recipients at the 2019 IUPAC Congress in Paris. The IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists has been established to encourage young research scientists at the beginning of their careers. The Royal Irish Academy has been very successful in selecting Early Career Researchers for this award and have won this prestigious prize on three occasions to date. This demonstrates the strength of Academic Research in Chemistry in Ireland.

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