Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship success

Posted on 24 September 2018

Dr Alyssa-Jennifer Avestro has been awarded a Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship and will join the new Molecular Materials research grouping in York.

Dr Alyssa-Jennifer Avestro will be assuming her role as a Royal Society–GCRF Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow in the Department from January 2019. 

Dr Avestro will lead a multi-disciplinary research programme to develop robust organic molecular materials and assemblies with highly efficient photophysical and (spectro) electrochemical properties. The structures of her 2D and 3D organic materials will be controlled by covalent fixing into shape-persistent geometries and also through non-covalent bonding. Novel materials generated by the Avestro Group at York will be analysed using advanced spectroscopies, imaging microscopy, diffraction and computational modelling. They will also be investigated as candidate materials for energy harvesting, conversion and storage device applications.

The Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship provides five years of full-time salary and research funding. As a Research Fellow of the Royal Society, Dr Avestro is exclusively eligible to apply for enhanced research support provided through the UK Government’s Investment in Research Talent programme.

In contrast to many other independent research fellowships, the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship requires candidates to have a current need for flexible working patterns as a result of carer, health, parental, or other personal circumstances for which the Royal Society provides opportunities to request additional financial support and claim back any time deferred on the Fellowship.

This year, two of the fourteen awards, one of them being Dr Avestro’s, were jointly funded by the Global Research Challenges Fund recognising the potential for the proposed research programme to impact upon high-priority research areas and benefit UK-led progress, partnership and innovation in developing countries. Currently, Dr Avestro engages in active collaborations in China (Tsinghua University), Malaysia (University of Malaya) and India (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS)).

In the coming 12 months, Dr Avestro will be recruiting funded PhD students to contribute to her research projects in supramolecular energy materials.

Interested candidates are invited to get in touch with her directly at alyssa-jennifer.avestro@york.ac.uk.