Isabella Vacchi, PhD Student at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Strasbourg, France, has received the first Graphene Flagship mobility grant and will spend three months at the University of Kyoto, Japan.
“I'm really glad that I got this mobility grant from the Graphene Flagship. I will have the opportunity to spend part of my PhD in the Laboratory of Professor Naoki Komatsu, at the University of Kyoto, Japan.”
“Taking advantage of the chemistry approach using polyglycidol developed by Professor Komatsu to render nanomaterials highly water soluble, I will investigate on the preparation of multi-functionalized graphene materials for biomedical applications,” says Isabella Vacchi who will start her three-month period in Japan in January 2017.
Professor Alberto Bianco is Isabella Vacchi's PhD supervisor:
“Isabella will have a fruitful experience to expand her competence on functionalization of graphene. This will be also beneficial, on her return, for our group and the biomedical studies we are performing for the Flagship.”
The Graphene Flagship mobility grant supports visits abroad by young researchers within the Graphene Flagship consortium who are either enrolled in a PhD program or who have obtained their doctoral degrees at most five years before the planned visit, that has to be at least six weeks long.
The application form can be found on the Graphene Flagship Intranet, Onboard, and should be filled out by an investigator in the Graphene Flagship.