Published: 5 August 2014

China Scholarship Council recognises Liverpool students

China Scholarship winners

Two University of Liverpool PhD students have been named as Outstanding Self-financed Chinese Students Studying Abroad, by the China Scholarship Council.

Chemistry student Jianjun Wu has been presented with the award at a special ceremony alongside Jin Zhou who studies in the School of Engineering. Both students will also receive $6,000 prize money.

Jianjun, who comes from Jiangsu Province, East China, studies catalytic chemistry and organic synthesis. His project, which receives financial support from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, focuses on searching greener and more economic methods for the efficient synthesis of small heterocyclic molecules, which are of great value for drug discovery and development.

He has so far published four papers as the first author in leading chemistry journals and has co-founded Liverpool Chirochem – a new company which aims to provide the pharmaceutical industry with niche products.

Jin Zhou, from Shanxi Province in the North of China, is in the final year of his PhD investigating the impact response of lightweight composite structures for aerospace applications.

Jin has so far published four papers in leading journals including Composite Science and Technology, as well as 10 papers in conference proceedings, such as the 19th International Conference on Composite Materials.

Launched in 2003, the awards, which are based on academic merit, cover all fields of research and encourage international students to achieve top results during their studies. Around 30 PhD students from UK universities are awarded by the China Scholarship Council each year across all disciplines.

Commenting on the award Jin Zhou said: “It is a great honour to receive this competitive award from the China Scholarship Council. I really enjoy studying in the School of Engineering, which has a very good academic reputation across the world. Support from my supervisors and access to state of the art facilities help to deliver the high standard research output.”

The University of Liverpool has had many past winners of the award, six of whom have now been in the Department of Chemistry including Jun Mo (2004), Xiaofeng Wu (2006), Chaoqun Li (2008), Chao Wang (2010) and Yunfei Luo (2010).

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