I am currently an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow at the University of Bristol.
My research is about designing new nanomaterials which have hierarchical porous structures. The artificial porosity in these materials is tailored for improved performance in energy storage, gas separation and catalysis. I have applied for over £250k of research funding through various internal and external sources to initiate new collaborations and to develop my independent research career.
The critical research outputs of my project have been highlighted by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
Porous materials synthesis and characterisation
Metal-organic frameworks and zeolites
Using supercritical carbon dioxide as a tunable solvent in materials synthesis
Molecular modelling and simulation
Monte Carlo (MC) and Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations
Energy Conversion and Storage
by using hierarchical structured porous materials
Innovative catalyst technologies
by using functional porous materials
2014 - 2019
University of Bristol (2016-2019)
Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
University of Bath (2014-2016)
Chemical Engineering (PhD)
Sustainable Chemical Technologies (MRes)
2010 - 2012
Hanoi University of Mining and Geology
Petrochemical Engineering (MSc)
2004 - 2009
Hanoi University of Mining and Geology
Oil Refining and Petrochemistry (BSc)
ACADEMIC AWARDS & DISTICTIONS
Honourable Mention Award at the UK-wide Doctoral Researcher Award competition for the presentation of Novel hierarchical copper-based metal-organic frameworks for improved catalytic performance.
Inspirational Bristol Scientist by the University of Bristol. This Award recognised my research contributions to the university and to the wider community. I have been an inspiration to others by being distinguished for academic excellence, outreach activities and promotion of STEM subjects.
Best Student Poster Prize by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for the presentation of Defective macroporous metal-organic frameworks with improved catalytic performance at the Second Joint NSFC-RSC Symposium on Sustainable Chemistry and Processes in York, UK.
Materials Horizons Prize by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for the presentation of Tailorable porous metal-organic frameworks at the Emerging Material Technologies Summit (EMTS) in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Best Student Poster Prize the MacDiarmid Institute for the presentation of A hierarchical porous material synthesised in a green solvent system at the 8th International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (AMN8) in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Dalton Transactions Prize by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for the presentation of Synthesis of hierarchical metal-organic frameworks in CO2 expanded solvent systems at the 39th British Zeolite Association Meeting in Bath, UK.
RESEARCH GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS
Successfully awarded grants of over £10k for small projects and scholarships of over £175k in total to carry out my research projects, and over £4000 in awarded travel grants to present my PhD research at international conferences
Pump Priming - University of Bristol (PI)
Led a funded research project: Development of defective porous materials for enhanced catalytic performance.
Seed Funding - UK Directed Assembly Network (PI)
Led a funded research project: Scalable fabrication of defective materials with hierarchical porous structures for enhanced mass transport in catalysis.
Colston Research Society Travel Award - Bristol Doctoral College (BDC)
3rd International Conference on Metal-Organic Frameworks and Porous Polymers (EuroMOF 2019) in Paris, France.
Travel Grant - Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
IUPAC Congress 2019 in Paris, France.
Student Funding - UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
European Conference on Neutron Scattering (ECNS 2019) in St Petersburg, Russia.
International Strategic Funding (ISF) - University of Bristol (Co-I)
Established sustainable international research partnerships with RMIT, Australia in the project: Testing of novel hierarchical metal-organic frameworks for innovative catalyst technologies.
Travel Grants for PhD Students and Early Career Scientists - Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
85th IUVSTA Workshop on Nanoporous Materials for Green Energy Conversion and Storage in Graz, Austria.
Research Student Conference Fund - Institute of Physics (IOP)
8th International Workshop in Characterization of Porous Materials (CPM8) in Florida, USA.
Travel Bursaries for PhD students - International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
Emerging Material Technologies Summit (EMTS) in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Alumni Foundation Conference Travel Award - University of Bristol
11th International Symposium on the Characterization of Porous Solids (COPS-XI) in Avignon, France.
Studentship - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (Award Holder)
Successfully applied for highly competitive scholarships to carry out a PhD project: Characterisation and properties testing of dynamic porous materials.
Research Grant - Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training (PI)
Pioneered and incorporated the industrial project: Regeneration of spent reforming catalysts from Dung Quat Refinery and using the synthesised catalyst in the selective oxidation of carbon monoxide.
Defective hierarchical porous copper-based metal-organic frameworks synthesised via facile acid etching strategy
Novel hierarchical copper-based metal-organic frameworks for improved catalytic performance
Leaderships skills in research
Student-led conference in sustainable development
Porous materials in sustainability