Rutherford Fellowship Programme at Durham
Durham University's £150k Rutherford Strategic Partnership Grant programme brought four early career scientists to Durham University from India, Malaysia, and Mexico as Rutherford Strategic Fellows in Organic Energy Research (RSFs).
The successful 2018 bid was led by Asst Prof Paul McGonigal (Department of Chemistry) and Dr Alyssa-Jennifer Avestro (Durham Energy Institute Early Career Fellow and Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry). The Fellowships will draw international talents from around the globe to develop genuinely useful materials to meet the world’s ever-growing energy needs. The RSFs will push the boundaries of organic energy materials for storage, generation, and transmission alongside experts from the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering.
During the 2018–2019 programme, the four RSFs will be hosted by the Durham Energy Institute (DEI) in the area of Organic Energy Materials—an emerging national priority area that is aligned with the ‘Clean Growth’ Grand Challenge of the UK Industrial Strategy as well as the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal in affordable and clean energy (UN-SDG 7).