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Soham Banerjee Awarded Fulbright Scholarship
Physics senior Soham Banerjee was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to support graduate studies in Germany. The Fulbright award will allow Soham to study for one year at the University of Duisberg-Essen Center for Medical Biotechnology under the guidance of Dr. Matthias Epple. Their work will focus on the development of new nanostructured biomaterials for orthopedic implants and their subsequent use in a clinical setting. Soham's interest in doing post-graduate studies in Germany was reinforced by his time as a research student there last summer (2011). Last year, Soham won an extremely competitive internship to study in Hamburg, Germany (a DAAD-RISE internship). At the University of Hamburg Center for Applied Physics- Multifunctional Nanostructures, he developed a novel synthesis procedure for magnetic nanorod suspensions of nickel via pulsed electrodeposition into anodized aluminum oxide membranes. This research was conducted in Dr. Kornelius Nielsch's Nanostructures lab group with the aid of doctoral candidate Robert Zierold. They are currently working on a manuscript based on Soham's work.