PhD student Stephanie Adeyemo has been announced a winner of the 2021 IET Postgraduate Prize that will allow her to explore new ideas through the course of her research.
My PhD research has provided me with great opportunities to expand my research knowledge and skill, collaborate with many excellent researchers, and present at international conferences.Stephanie Adeyemo
Awarded by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as part of its Postgraduate Research Awards, the prize of £2,500 will also give Stephanie the opportunity to present at international conferences.
Stephanie is a member of the Joyce Group, based in the Department’s Division of Electrical Engineering. Her PhD research involves utilising terahertz spectroscopy – a contact-free and non-destructive optical characterisation technique – to study the electrical and optical properties of nanomaterials that will guide the development of new optoelectronic devices.
By studying the optoelectronic properties of these materials, particularly tin-based metal halide perovskites and nanowires, Stephanie can gain insight into the fundamental photophysical mechanisms needed to guide the development of high performing devices for applications such as photovoltaics.
Stephanie, who in 2017, won a separate prize, the IET Prize, while studying for a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Swansea University, is also actively committed to encouraging young students, especially girls, to pursue STEM careers through outreach activities and programmes.
“I am delighted to be awarded this IET Postgraduate Prize and it means a lot to me for my research work to be recognised," she said. “My PhD research, supported by an EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship, has provided me with great opportunities to expand my research knowledge and skill, collaborate with many excellent researchers, and present at international conferences. I am especially grateful to my PhD supervisors Dr Hannah Joyce and Dr Sam Stranks for their supervision, continuous inspiration and kind support in my PhD.”
Professor Danielle George MBE, IET President, said: “Our global IET Postgraduate Research Awards are given on a competitive basis for excellence and they form part of the IET’s annual investment of over £1 million in the next generation of engineers.
“All of our recipients are carrying out leading research at some of the world’s most recognised universities and their research is supporting the advancement of knowledge throughout the global engineering and technology community. I wish all of our award winners the best in their ongoing careers – they are all future difference makers.”
Certificates will be presented at the annual IET Achievement Awards ceremony due to take place in Autumn 2021.