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York chemistry PhD student awarded SCI Scholarship

Posted on 20 July 2017

Anna Zhenova, PhD student in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded an SCI scholarship of £5,000 over two years to support her studies in green chemistry and alternative solvent development.

Anna Zhenova has been awarded an SCI Scholarship

In addition to the scholarship, she will benefit from publishing opportunities, access to a high-calibre network to help launch her career, and opportunities to present her work and raise her profile within the scientific community.

SCI Scholarships are prestigious and well respected by the industry. The SCI Scholars Fund was established in 1920 by the requests of Rudolph Messel and John Gray, both former presidents and founding members of SCI. SCI believes in nurturing the scientists of the future. Each year, SCI provides scholarships and bursaries to early career scientists including opportunities to attend or present at an international conference.

The Department of Chemistry are pleased that Anna has been offered this Scholarship and that her work on novel safer solvents will benefit from the additional contacts and support she will gain from this valuable opportunity.

Anna said: “I’m thrilled to have been awarded the SCI Scholarship. My PhD work at the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence has been very rewarding so far. I’ve learned a great deal about solvent selection and replacement, and have enjoyed working with colleagues who are as enthusiastic as I am about sustainable chemistry.

"In my PhD research, I am developing industrial applications for green solvents as replacements for conventional hazardous options. Funding and support from SCI will help me learn more about industrial needs while pursuing my studies, and better prepare me to enter industry after earning my doctorate.”

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