Congratulations to Dr Priyank Kumar and Dr Ruopian Fang - new 2021 ARC DECRA Fellows

ARC DECRA Fellow 2021
2021 ARC DECRA Fellow - Dr Priyank Kumar and Dr Ruopian Fang

Congratulations Dr Priyank Kumar and Dr Ruopian Fang - Both are the successful recipient of the newly awarded ARC DECRA Fellow for 2021, announced on Wed, 3 Nov 2020. See ARC news.

Dr Priyank Kumar who joined UNSW in 2019 as a Scientia Fellow is awarded $360K for the projet to rationally design an efficient plasmonic photocatalyst utilizing state-of-the-art ab initio computations. The project is expected to provide insights on various atomic-level reactions steps involved and consequently develop a set of catalyst  design principles to guide expeirments. Prior to joining the School of Chemical Engineering, Dr Kumar was a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich Switzerland and this was how he developed his interest in plasmonic photocatalysis. Dr Priyank Kumar has a number of PhD projects available: https://www.pcrg.unsw.edu.au/computational-materials-design-of-catalytic-materials-and-water-filtration-membranes and can be contacted via priyank.kumar@unsw.edu.au 

Dr Ruopian Fang (Sophie) completed her PhD from Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Science in 2018 and then joined School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW under guidance of A/Prof Dawei Wang. Her ARC DECRA fellowship aims to overcome the performance bottlenecks of lithium metal anodes through carbon nano-tectonics for next-generation lithium batteries. The research is expected to produce new-concept lithium metal batteries with high capacity, safety and durability, along with molecular-level understanding of lithium redox processes and to promote the development of future electronics, vehicles and grid with zero-emission high-energy technologies. Dr Ruopian Fang can be contacted via ruopian.fang@unsw.edu.au