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EPSRC Photo Competition Prize

last modified Mar 25, 2016 01:38 PM
NanoDTC Associate Katarzyna Sokol has been awarded second place in the EPSRC Science Photography Competition 2015.
EPSRC Photo Competition Prize

Winning entry picture

Katarzyna Sokol won second place in the Equipment category in the EPSRC Science Photography Competition, an event for all EPSRC-supported researchers and EPSRC-supported doctoral students to share their research using images. This year’s competition received over 200 entries. Prizes are awarded for images demonstrating research in action over five categories – Eureka, Equipment, People, Innovation, and Weird and Wonderful.

Katarzyna’s award-winning photograph is entitled Dark field light microscopy picture of a 40 nm thick electrodeposited TiO2 layer. “I wouldn’t have won this prize if it wasn’t for the help and support of my great colleagues from Dr Erwin Reisner’s research group,” said Katarzyna, a former Environmental Officer on St John’s SBR Committee. “We chose an image captured by dark field microscopy to emphasise the importance of our research, focused on developing functional materials and systems for the generation of sustainable fuels, such as hydrogen. Using nanostructured photoactive materials such as titanium dioxide may allow researchers to harness sunlight to drive the water splitting reactions to produce the desirable hydrogen, which can then be stored as fuel. This process is carbon-free and comes from an inexhaustible resource. Using dark field microscopy brings better insights into the functional materials and allows us to improve on the system."

“I am grateful to have won the second prize in the Equipment category. It came as a surprise taking into account how many great entries were submitted. The money and photography equipment won will be used for future outreach activities.”

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