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

Green chemistry

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

HKUST synthesis


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)



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.


Successfully awarded grants of over £10k for small projects and scholarships of over £175k in total to carry out my research projects, and over £5k in awarded travel grants to present my PhD research at international conferences


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.


28-29 Nov 2020

Vietnamese Academic Network in Japan (VANJ) Conference 2020: Science and Technology in the New Normal (Oral presentation)

26-27 Nov 2020

Communicate 2020 - The UK's conference for environmental communicators, organised by The Natural History Consortium (Oral presentation)

23-25 Nov 2020

Chemistry of 2-Dimensional Materials: Beyond Graphene Faraday Discussion, organised by RSC (Poster presentation)

6 Nov 2020

Bristol Composites Institute Seminar Series: Materials (Oral presentation)

13-16 Oct 2020

Cooperative phenomena in framework materials Faraday Discussion, organised by RSC (Poster presentation)

5-9 Oct 2020

Pacific RIM Meeting on Electrochemical and Solid-State Science - PRIME 2020, organised by the Electrochemical Society (Invited talk)

16-18 Sep 2020

2020 Summer School of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies - EFCATS (Poster presentation)


12 Sep 2020
Doctoral Researcher Award 2020, organised by the Association of British Turkish Academics(ABTA) (
Honourable Mention Award presentation)

6-8 July 2020

3rd International Conference on Nanomaterials Science and Mechanical Engineering (Oral presentation)

9 Feb 2020

SVUK Leader Camp - Networking event by The Vietnamese Student Association in the UK (Guest speaker)