I dove into the world of nanomaterials to answer my inane questions when I first picked up Chemistry in my secondary school, for example, I love asking why some materials (such as carbon and diamond) have the same composition but are so different in the way they look like and perform? Such questions kindled me to pursue my Bachelor, Master and PhD in material science and engineering to learn about nanomaterials, what make them special and how to make them. I found many challenges on this journey, but the utter wonderment of exploring the realm of nanomaterials was never failed to inspire me delving deeper. This motivation helped me to complete a thorough study of a new and more sustainable approach to synthesise novel nanomaterials with tailored pore characteristics.
I also love the dynamic environment that scientists working to find new ways of dealing with global problems such as climate change, water pollution and pandemic. After finishing my PhD in October 2019, I decided to stay to further my research on porous materials, exploring new methodologies to make them even better for some useful applications.
One of my current research is about designing new nanomaterials with bimodal micro- and macroporous (i.e. “hierarchical”) structures. The artificial porosity in these materials is tailored for improved performance in energy storage, gas separation and catalysis. I have successfully applied for over £400k of research funding through various internal and external sources to initiate new collaborations and to support my research goals with an appreciation of longer-term implications.
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 - 1st year)
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 & DISTINCTIONS
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
I have successfully applied for more than £400k of fellowship, studentships, and research funding through various internal and external sources to develop my research career. This includes a highly competitive EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship (£80k) and prestigious EPSRC scholarships (£100k) to carry out my PhD and postdoc research in the UK. I have also received ~£10k in awarded travel grants to present my research at international conferences, and more than £15k for 4 seed funding projects (2019-2021) to initiate new collaborations and develop my research ideas.
Seed Funding - National Cheng Kung University (Co-PI)
Collaborated with NCKU in a research project: High-capacity energy storage based on affordable and environmentally friendly materials
Research Fund - Royal Society of Chemistry (PI)
Led a research project: Novel porous materials for highly efficient photocatalytic applications
Doctoral Prize Fellowship - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (PI)
Led a research project: Development of new porous materials for electrochemical energy storage
Researcher Development Grant - Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
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)
Presented my research at the 3rd International Conference on Metal-Organic Frameworks and Porous Polymers (EuroMOF 2019) in Paris, France.
Travel Grant - Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Presented my research at the IUPAC Congress 2019 in Paris, France.
Student Funding - UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Presented my research at the 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)
Presented my research at the 85th IUVSTA Workshop on Nanoporous Materials for Green Energy Conversion and Storage in Graz, Austria.
Research Student Conference Fund - Institute of Physics (IOP)
Presented my research at the 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)
Presented my research at the Emerging Material Technologies Summit (EMTS) in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Alumni Foundation Conference Travel Award - University of Bristol
Presented my research at the 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.
I have demonstrated the impact of my research through participation in a diverse range of activities including grant applications, knowledge exchange and public engagement. Through disseminating my results in conferences (including 3 invited talks, 8 oral and over 10 poster presentations), I have expanded my network of academic contacts to pursue future collaborations. I have demonstrated my work via the production of short, accessible, research-based videos and public web-based YouTube channels to develop translation with the wider goal of increasing the Technology Readiness Level of my research.
18-22 Oct 2021
6-9 Sep 2021
26-30 Jul 2021
Conference on Science at Extreme Conditions, organised by IOP (Oral presentation)
12-15 Jul 2021
15th International Conference on Materials Chemistry, organised by RSC (Oral presentation)
2 Jul 2021
23-25 Jun 2021
MOFs for energy and the environment Faraday Discussion, organised by RSC (Oral presentation)
19 Jun 2021
HUMG webinar: Potsdocs and fellowships for early career researchers (Chair + keynote speaker)
28-29 Nov 2020
26-27 Nov 2020
Communicate 2020 - The UK's conference for environmental communicators, organised by the Natural History Consortium (Oral presentation)
6 Nov 2020
Bristol Composites Institute Seminar Series: Materials, organised by the Faculty of Engineering, University of Bristol (Invited presentation)
5-9 Oct 2020
6-8 July 2020
9 Feb 2020