IPAS Best Papers for 2014
on 30 January 2015 at the IPAS New Year Event we announced winners of our inaugural “Best Papers” competition for 2014. We were inundated with entries showing the quality and impact of the research being conducted by IPAS members. Winners for the best ECR led Paper were Tim Zhao, Georgios Tsiminis and Witold Bloch. Best PhD Student Led Paper were John Horsley, Melanie Ceko and Ori Henderson-Sapir. The Best Overall Paper Award went to Wenle Weng, all from the School of Physical Sciences.
Please seebelow for a short citation of each of these outstanding papers and the reasons for why we chose these particular papers.
Overall Best Paper Award
Nano-Kelvin Thermometry and Temperature Control: Beyond the Thermal Noise Limit
Physical Review Letters
This work demonstrated the world’s most sensitive thermometre at room temperature.
This breakthrough thermometer was published in the very highly regarded Physical Review Letters and was combined with a very well constructed Press Release and Imagery. This research story went viral on the internet, attracting many hundreds of thousands of google hit,s was featured in newspapers across the world and on numerous television reports.
This is exactly the impact that IPAS needs to generate in order to be globally recognised which attracts the collaborations and funding that enables us to stay globally competitive.
Best PhD Student Paper Awards
Unraveling the Interplay of Backbone Rigidity and Electron Rich Side-Chains on Electron Transfer in Peptides: The Realization of Tunable Molecular Wires
Journal of the American Chemical Society
The research reported in this paper provides a crucial step in the design and fabrication of molecular-based electronic devices.
The paper was highlighted by F1000Prime, a post-publication peer review comprising of more than 5,000 of the world’s leading scientists and reccomended as being of special significance in its field.
X-Ray fluorescence imaging and other analyses identify selenium and GPX1 as important in female reproductive function
This research has for the first time shown how much of a critical role selenium plays at the earliest stages of a woman’s fertility.
This paper has received significant media publicity, resulting in multiple radio interviews and translation of the paper summary into multiple languages.
Mid-infrared fiber lasers at and beyond 3.5 μm using dual-wavelength pumping
The work demonstrated the longest wavelength emission from a fibre laser operating at room temperature, and will enable exciting new applications for greenhouse gases monitoring, early disease detection and laser defence.
The paper was the most downleaded Optics Letter article for 2 months running and holds the current Altmetric ranking record for any Optics Letter paper ever ranked. This paper has received a large number of citations relative to the time it has been published.
Best Early Career Researcher Paper Awards
Witold M. Bloch
Capturing snapshots of post-synthetic metallation chemistry in metal-organic frameworks
This work is of global importance for the production of most industrially important chemicals.
The work was published in the high ranking journal Nature Chemistry and has already been viewed by over 5000 people.
Generating and measuring photochemical changes inside the brain using optical fibers: Exploring stroke
Biomedical Optics Express
This work has the potential to create a new direction in stroke research, where the processes leading to brain damage can be monitored in real time.
This research resulted from a new collaboration between IPAS researchers and the Medical School funded by an IPAS Pilot Project and demonstrates the potential impact of the transdisciplinary work underway in the CNBP.
Tunable lifetime multiplexing using luminescent nanocrystals
The research presented in this paper opens new opportunities for high-density data storage and document security.
The paper was published in the very high impact journal Nature Photonics and illustrates the power of collaboration in achieving excellence.