The Newton Prize is part of the broader Newton Fund, which builds research and innovation partnerships with 18 partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. The prize is a bridging incentive to the challenges facing those Newton Countries namely within India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam with the goal of building partnerships within the UK as a means to solve crucial global challenges.
"My Vietnamese partner and I spent 9 months improving the micro/nano 3D printing platform funded by my NRN project in Bangor. These printed micro/nano structures can be used to fabricate metamaterial which is an artificial electromagnetic media where the exotic properties cannot be found in nature. This platform is a low-cost but powerful research tool for the fundamental nanotechnology and photonics research in both countries with the possibility of having a huge scientific impact in the future." - Dr Liyang Yue
The above Vietnamese characters placed next to an eyelash highlight the innovative micro/nano printing technology
Dr Yue, whose research based at Bangor University's School of Engineering, works closely with partners in Vietnam to develop new high performing metamaterials, which have the potential to transform telecom infrastructures and services, optical computing, solar energy and medical devices. Usage is currently limited by the manufacturing challenges involved. Dr Yue’s project enables 3D metamaterials to be directly printed from 3D CAD models with higher design freedom and lower cost compared to conventional photolithograpy methods. Impacts of this work can be found in the Vietnamese telecommunications and photonics industries, as well as in the energy, environment and health sectors.
The NRN AEM aims to champion collaboration both at home and on a global scale to aid in pushing Welsh science forward and with Dr Yue having been shortlisted for such a prestigious prize, a prize that seeks to encourage global partnerships, this shortlisting is pivotal in exposing the innovative science that is nurtured within the network.
"Both the NRN and Bangor University have provided significant resources to support my research in micro 3D printing of metamaterial. This shortlist will publicise the NRN and its goal of promoting Welsh science through collaboration with our partner country - Vietnam. This corresponding strong collaboration has enriched our knowledge and expertise in this field. " - Dr Liyang Yue