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Sayantan Mahapatra wins Nottingham Prize!

Sayantan Mahapatra receives Nottingham Prize at the 83rd Physical Electronic Conference

Sayantan Mahapatra from Nan Jiang's research group competed for the Nottingham Prize at the 83rd Physical Electronic Conference, a meeting that focuses on new research results in the field of surface science and in the sub-fields of physics and chemistry of interface. Following his oral presentation in the competition with other finalists, Sayantan won the prestigious Wayne B. Nottingham Prize. His talk covered his Ph.D. thesis, "Probing Photophysical and Photochemical Processes via Nano-Confined Localized Surface Plasmons".

The Wayne B. Nottingham Prize was established from contributions given in memory of Professor Wayne B. Nottingham of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by many of his friends and associates. The prize is awarded annually to a student based on their Ph.D. thesis. This prize represents a seminal honor since many Nottingham winners have gone on to become leaders in the field of surface science.  ( This is the second time that UIC students brought this prestigious award home. The other award winner (in 2021) is also from the Jiang Group.