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Materials science and engineering doctoral student Suvash Ghimire won the Best Poster Award in the energy and sustainability category at the 2022 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting.

Ghimire, who works under the guidance of Assistant Professor Kausik Mukhopadhyay, presented his research on a hybrid clay material that can be used for energy applications. This material is cheap to produce, sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Ghimire said it felt great to have his work recognized by the scientific community, particularly because this is his first conference presentation.

“I really felt great representing UCF and getting the award among the best materials science and engineering programs in the world,” he said. “This award acknowledges our efforts and motivates me to continue working in this area.”

Best Poster Award winners were selected based on the technical content, appearance, graphic excellence and presentation quality. Each winner receives a cash prize of up to $500. Other winners include authors from MIT, Cambridge, Oxford, and Northwestern University.

Ghimire said he enjoyed his first conference, which opened his eyes to new research, new connections and new areas of the industry.

“MRS is very prestigious, so getting to see more than 1,000 posters and to listen to so many interesting and amazing talks was wonderful,” Ghimire said. “Learning about the fields of research and getting to know what others in the field are pursuing was also a great experience.”

MRS hosts meetings in both the spring and fall for researchers of all scientific fields, backgrounds and employment sectors. Attendees range from students to Nobel Laureates who converge to discuss advancements in the field of materials science. This year’s spring meeting was held both virtually and in person in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Written by Marisa Ramiccio