Zixin Wu is an outstanding award-winning scientist of great promise and potential. He has an excellent record of achievement in coordination chemistry, and his work is certainly of the highest international quality. He now wishes to build upon and apply hi s impressive array of scientific skills to an ambitious and innovative project to develop new nanoreceptors and ecomaterials as metal salt binders and extradants for use in environmental cleanup and hydrometallurgy. The Fellowship will give invaluable research training and knowledge transfer, and will afford further collaborations with industry and other research groups in the UK, Germany and Sardinia.
The scientific and technological imperative for this research is derived from the urgent societal, environ mental and economic need to develop new methodologies and technologies to remove precious and toxic metals from the environment, and to improve materials balances in current processes for metal winning. The work programme meets the priorities under the FP6 Call on Knowledge-based Multifunctional Materials, NMP-2002-22.214.171.124-1 and on Sustainable Development, SUSTDEV-1.2.2. State-of-the-art facilities at Nottingham will underpin the Fellowship both scientifically and intellectually in a stimulating and multi-disciplinary environment (Marie Curie Host Fellowship Centre COSMIC MCFH-2001-00448). The Fellowship will also exploit the wider University of Nottingham Career Development programme as well as the Royal Society of Chemistry 1-year formal assessment programme, which provide a range of invaluable managerial and leadership skills for young scientists.
The project will afford a range of new designed and multi- property eco-materials for metal salt binding and extraction. The potential impact of the project is very high, and after the applicant's return to China, he will use his new skills and expertise as an independent academic and researcher to spread excellence in training and research.
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