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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute



Burhan Hussein, DEI Fellow, Awarded SCI Scholarship

(1 July 2020)

We are delighted to announce that Burhan Hussein, Department of Chemistry, and DEI PhD Fellow, has been awarded an SCI scholarship of £5,000 over two years to support his studies at Durham University. Burhan is a member of the McGonigal Group within the EPSRC Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces Centre for Doctorial Training (SOFI CDT)

In addition to the scholarship, he will benefit from publishing opportunities, access to a high-calibre network to help launch his career, and opportunities to present his work and raise his profile within the scientific community.

SCI Scholarships are prestigious and well respected by the industry. The SCI Scholars Fund was established in 1920 by the requests of Rudolph Messel and John Gray, both former presidents and founding members of SCI. SCI believes in nurturing the scientists of the future. Each year, SCI provides scholarships and bursaries to early career scientists including opportunities to attend or present at an international conference. Durham University, the SOFI CDT, and DEI are pleased that Burhan Hussein has been offered this Scholarship and that his research into controlling intermolecular interactions at interfaces will benefit from the additional contacts and support he will gain from this valuable opportunity.

“As I am entering the second year of my PhD, I have been very pleased with my time here so far at Durham University. Being a part of the SOFI CDT has been an eye-opening experience for me to the intersection of science in academia and industry. The training has been world-class and has given me ample opportunity to grow as a scientist and a professional. One of these opportunities I have gained is to be a PhD Fellow of the DEI. The DEI takes an interdisciplinary approach to the broad questions surrounding the supply and demand of energy in a developing World. Since I have been involved, I have learned that energy solutions go beyond the technologies and science, which has been inspiring and I am grateful to be a part of it. My research focus at Durham University is the design of artificial molecular devices that interface with the molecular machinery in plant membranes. This multi-interdisciplinary project has allowed me to gain new skills and expertise in supramolecular chemistry, a field that is quite exciting. Ultimately, I hope that the findings of my PhD will allow to for the application of sophisticated molecular devices in broader agricultural practice. The funding and support offered by my SCI Scholarship will provide a valuable resource to help me pursue my studies and my growth as a professional.”

Burhan has also written a blog about his experiences in Durham