Prestigious Chinese Government Award for UCC Chemistry Student
Ms Fengjun Shang, a UCC PhD student in Analytical Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Jeremy D. Glennon, Department of Chemistry has received the highly-prestigious Chinese Government Award.
The Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad, which includes a certificate and a $5000 prize, recognizes outstanding Chinese students undertaking full-time PhD research abroad. Awardees are selected on academic merit and research achievements by the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) after two rounds of judging by eminent experts.
Ms Shang commenced her PhD in October 2006, and was the first Chinese student in UCC to be awarded an Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) postgraduate scholarship. Ms Shang has made significant contributions to her research area which focuses on the development of highly selective and sensitive bio-detection systems.
Working in the ABCRF, and also under the guidance of an SFI Walton investigator, Professor John H. T. Luong of the National Research Council (NRC), Canada, she has published 5 papers in prestigious journals and presented several oral and poster papers at international conferences. In her work, she has achieved selective nanomolar detection of dopamine using a composite polymer film modified boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrode, a method of clinical significance for molecular diagnostics of Parkinson’s disease, the design of therapeutics and in the evaluation of drug efficacy. This work was published in the American Chemical Society’s ‘Analytical Chemistry’ journal. In addition, she has initiated and developed a fruitful collaboration with Dr Razeeb's research group in the Tyndall National Institute. She has helped supervise several Masters and final year project students, with one of her students wining first prize, the '2007/2008 Lilly Poster Prize' at the final year Chemistry poster presentations.
Ms Shang says “I would like to share this award with my supervisors Professor Glennon and Professor Luong who brought me into the front areas of research with their excellent guidance and constant encouragement throughout my PhD study. I also would like to express my sincere gratitude to the support from all the staff and colleagues in the Chemistry Department.”