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PhD student in Chemistry is honoured for his work on new inorganic membranes

Published: 27 May 2014

Chemistry PhD student Marco Facciotti has received a prestigious award from the University of Turin for the overall best MSc dissertation in Industrial Chemistry in 2011/12.

He is currently involved in a research project sponsored by National Grid UK between Chemistry and High Voltage Engineering at Southampton under the supervision of Professor Richard Brown. Marco is working to understand how chemistry can help protecting copper conductors in high voltage power transformers from corrosion. His experimental work at Southampton uses highly surface sensitive analytical techniques such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS).

Marco Facciotti, Professor Lorenza Operti and Professor Gianmaria Ajani
Collecting his award

The masters research - Sol-gel synthesis and characterisation of new inorganic membranes supported on SiC for nanofiltration purposes using HPLC-GPC and already the subject of a scientific paper - was carried out at Aalborg University under the supervision of Dr Vittorio Boffa and Dr Giuliana Magnacca during an Erasmus exchange between Italy and Denmark.

"I was truly humbled and proud to receive such a recognition from my alma mater for work that so significantly helped me in building the skills I can now devote to the research I carry out in Southampton," says Marco.

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