PhD researcher Priyanka Ganguly receives the joint ICI Chemistry Postgraduate Award 2020

Priyanka Ganguly, Faculty of Science, IT Sligo receives prestigious ‘The Institute of Chemistry (ICI) Postgraduate Award 2020’.

The Institute received a number of outstanding nominations for this year’s postgraduate award. All nominations were sent for independent review. The ICI decided to present a joint award this year to Dr Conor Crawford (UCD) and Dr Priyanka Ganguly (IT Sligo). Our warmest congratulations to them both. They were presented with their award during the ICI award ceremony which took place virtually on the 19th November 2020. Priyanka is currently a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in the University of Glasgow, Scotland and Conor is a postdoctoral researcher in the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Berlin, Germany. We wish Priyanka and Conor every success in their future endeavours. They are both wonderful ambassadors for chemistry research in Ireland.

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Her research work in nanotechnology was supervised by Prof. Suresh C. Pillai and Dr. Ailish Breen. This award is a recognition of the excellent research work carried out by Priyanka. The ICI award is given to PhD students in any Chemistry discipline working in an Irish Higher Education Institution. They must have demonstrated excellence in research through publications and have demonstrated a commitment to supporting and promoting Chemistry.

On announcing the award the Institute of Chemistry  president Prof. Celine Marmion (Royal College of Surgeons) mentioned that “The reviewers noted the very high quality of all the nominations but they were particularly impressed  by Priyanka’s research, both in terms of outstanding scholarly achievements to  date as well as your contributions to the wider community”. One reviewer stated that the quality of the nominations ‘speaks very well of the state of Chemistry in Ireland’. Priyanka has shared this year’s ICI award with UCD PhD researcher Conor Crawford. Priyanka is an outstanding research student, and has published over 20 publications drawing more than 600 citations. 

Her research work is published in various high Impact Factor Journals including ACS Energy Letters (IF 19.00); Applied Catalysis B Environmental (IF 16.68); RSC Environmental Science Nano (IF 7.70); Sensors & Actuators B Chemical (IF 7.10); ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (IF 6.91). Priyanka has presented in 4 international and 3 national conferences in the past 3 years of her postgraduate tenure.   Priyanka has recently been successful in the Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher, Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering, Bendable Electronics & Sensing Technologies (BEST) Group Room 461, James Watt Building (South), University of Glasgow, UK.

In addition to her research accomplishments, Priyanka has demonstrated significant commitment to supporting and promoting Chemistry within IT Sligo and in the in the North-West region through active participation in public engagement initiatives. She has been the volunteer for the Royal Society of Chemistry's Spectroscopy in a Suitcase scheme. This scheme provided leaving cert and high school students a hands-on opportunity to learn spectroscopic techniques (UV-Vis and FTIR). She has visited more than 20 different schools in the North-West region in the span of 18 months.