Young researchers win support from Academy—8 February 2017

The Australian Academy of Science has announced the recipients of the J G Russell Award to help talented younger researchers in the basic sciences.

The four awardees—who are all ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) recipients—are working towards cheaper solar cells, understanding brain plasticity, harnessing self-assembling molecules for manufacturing and employing computers to help make sense of the waves of data coming from modern biology.

Each researcher receives $6000 towards the costs of equipment, maintenance and travel as a top up to their ARC DECRA.

  • Dr Brett Hallam, from The University of New South Wales, is studying the process by which defects in cheap silicon solar cells can be ironed out with hydrogen.
  • Dr Pengyi Yang, from The University of Sydney, is employing machine learning to help find links between the studies of separate biological processes, such as epigenetics and protein and metabolic processes.
  • Dr Iris Tong Wang, from The University of Queensland, is exploring neural plasticity and how receptors for the amino acid L-glutamate are controlled in the communication between neurons.
  • Dr Nicole Rijs, from Queensland University of Technology, won her award for a project to use advanced mass spectrometry techniques to explore how molecules assemble themselves, with the aim of more efficient manufacturing of high-technology materials.


Media issued by the Australian Academy of Science.

Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017