Prestigious IET postgraduate scholarship announced

Congratulations to Chloe Tartan (Linacre College), a postgraduate researcher from the Department of Engineering Science, who has been awarded a prestigious scholarship of £5,000 from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Chloe TartanThe IET postgraduate scholarships are part of an awards and prizes scheme, which provides over £1,000,000 to celebrate excellence and innovation in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians.

Chloe has been awarded an IET Postgraduate scholarship in recognition of her outstanding engineering research. Her thesis topic is “Nano and Micro-Scale Polymer Structures in Liquid Crystals for Next Generation Photonic Devices”, which is exploring the development of new photonic technology in liquid crystal systems based upon polymeric structures that are fabricated in-situ using a multi-photon laser scanning lithography technique. This research is carried out in collaboration with the Dynamic Optics and Photonics Group in the Department of Engineering Science who are pioneers in the field of adaptive optics for microscopy.

Chloe’s research covers a breadth of scientific disciplines from the characterisation of liquid crystalline materials to the development of novel photonic devices, such as defect-mode lasers with applications in biomedical sensing, to colloidal dispersion systems for lasers and solar cell technology. 

The awards are made on a competitive basis and are assessed by the IET Scholarships Committee. In total, four scholarships have been awarded this year. IET postgraduate scholarships are open to applicants in any year of their PhD or EngD research programme.

The IET Postgraduate Scholarships are designed to promote excellence in engineering research. They provide support for high-quality engineers and encourage them to develop successful academic research careers.

Chloe said: “I am very pleased to have been awarded the prestigious Leslie H Paddle Scholarship as it will enable me to visit international collaborators and further my research on engineering complex colloidal-based systems for exciting new photonics applications”.

Linda Deleay, IET Awards and Prizes Manager, said: “Every year we receive a very high calibre of applications, and this year has been no exception. The postgraduate scholarship recipients have demonstrated excellence in their engineering research, and we are delighted to be able to recognise and celebrate their success”.

Recipients will be presented with their awards at the IET Achievement Awards ceremony this November in central London.

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