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July 7, 2016

PhD Graduate Wins Award as Outstanding Chinese Student Abroad
Yuxiong Huang is one of just 500 students in all of China to receive the honor


Yuxiong Huang defends his PhD dissertation last spring.

Shortly before receiving his PhD at the Bren School this past spring, Yuxiong Huang, who studied in Professor Arturo Keller’s lab and is now a post-doctoral researcher there, was one of 500 Chinese students to receive the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad. The award recognizes Huang as one among a select group of particularly high-achieving, self-funded Chinese international students.

“It's a huge honor to receive the award, and I'm so excited that our work is not only well-recognized in the States, but is having more and more impact worldwide, especially in China,” said Huang. “It motivates me to keep working on sustainable solutions to the emerging environmental issues.”

Developed in 2003 and sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education, the award is granted across all fields of study. At the Bren School, Huang focused his doctoral research on applying engineered nanoparticles in separation and purification technologies, with particular emphasis on using novel magnetic nanoparticle sorbents to remove contaminants from aquatic systems.

"I am very happy to see Yuxiong recognized with this prestigious award," said Keller. "He truly deserves it as recognition for his dedication, hard work, and outstanding skills. It is a pleasure to have him on our research team, and I am sure he will go far in his career."

Student winners of the awards are selected through a highly competitive process that includes rigorous evaluation of their academic and research work both by experts in the host country and in China. A maximum of five hundred students receive the award each year. This year 500 Chinese students in 32 countries were so honored, one hundred of whom are studying in the United States.

The scholarship comes with a one-time financial award of US $6000.