ISGS Renata Reisfeld PhD Student Fellowship for Women in Sol-Gel Science and Technology award for 2023 goes to…

The ISGS RENATA REISFELD PHD STUDENT FELLOWSHIP FOR WOMEN IN SOL-GEL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY recognises outstanding contributions in sol-gel processing made by women who are currently undertaking their PhD in the field of Sol-Gel Science and Technology. This Fellowship, first awarded in 2021, was created to celebrate the life and achievements of a sol-gel pioneer who has made a tremendous contribution to sol-gel science and technology during her career spanning half a century.

The Board of the ISGS is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2023 ISGS Renata Reisfeld PhD Student Fellowship for Women in Sol-Gel Science and Technology is Maria Basso, who is currently studying for her PhD at the University of Padova in Italy. Her work to date has focused on topics such as the sol-gel chemistry of VO2 precursors and reactions occurring during laser-induced crystallization of thermochromic VO2 thin films at low temperatures (see, for example, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2023.157507). This has enabled VO2 coatings to be crystallized with different combinations of laser energy density and number of pulses in air within 1-2 min, greatly reducing the annealing time compared to conventional annealing. She has also explored the synthesis and properties of hydrophobic hybrid silica sol-gel coatings for saturated water-vapor condensation (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nocx.2022.100143) and bioinspired micropatterned silica-based coatings for humid air condensation (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10971-022-05771-7). Overall, her scientific productivity to date has led to six co-authored papers (SCOPUS) since 2022.

 

From: Basso et al., “Bioinspired silica-based sol–gel micropatterns on aluminium for humid air condensation”, JSST (2022) 102, 466-477 (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10971-022-05771-7)
From: Basso et al., “Bioinspired silica-based sol–gel micropatterns on aluminium for humid air condensation”, JSST (2022) 102, 466-477 (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10971-022-05771-7)