PhD Recipient Receives Dean’s Award for Research Excellence

15 February 2018
Dr Zhi Zhang with Professor Jin Zou

CMM is proud to announce that Dr Zhi Zhang a former PhD student from UQ Materials Engineering and CMM has been awarded the prestigious Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Thesis for his research ‘Investigation of Structural Characteristics of III-V Semiconductor Nanowires Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy’.

Zhi’s thesis, containing 8 first author journal publications, makes a substantial contribution to the field of optoelectronic applications by providing insight into the growth formation mechanisms of nanowires grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy. These nanowires are custom designed for use in future optoelectronic devices as part of a collaboration between UQ Materials Engineering with Professor Jin Zou and the National Laboratory for Infrared Physics, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China led by Professor Wei Lu.

The University of Queensland Dean’s Award from its Graduate School gives formal recognition to PhD and MPhil graduates who have demonstrated research higher degree excellence.

Candidates for the Dean’s Award are nominated by independent thesis examiners who are world leaders in the respective field of research, all examiners are given the opportunity to nominate a candidate if they feel the standard of the thesis is exceptional and makes an outstanding contribution to the field of research. 

Fewer than 10 percent of research higher degree graduates are recognised in this way each year.

Zhi is now an Associate Professor at Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

We congratulate Zhi on this outstanding achievement!

TEM investigations of InAs nanowires from newly designed growth. (a) The overview of a typical nanowire. (b) Low-magnified HRTEM image taken from the top of a nanowire as marked in (a). (c) <110> zone-axis HRTEM image taken from the marked area in (b), and the inset is the corresponding FFT.