The Chalmers and Dent Student Travel Award has been established to recognise and support an outstanding PhD student through financial support to present their research to an international audience at the annual SciX meeting. The award is named after two previous chairs of the IRDG, John Chalmers and Geoff Dent, in recognition of their continuing support for the IRDG and in particular for their support of students and early career researchers. Throughout their careers, both John and Geoff have been highly active in the development and promotion of the vibrational spectroscopists of the future in both academia and industry through mentoring, encouragement and inspiration.
Matthew graduated with a BSc Hons degree in Chemistry from the University in Glasgow in June 2018, where he was awarded the Lorimer Bursary for outstanding academic performance. During his final year he became particularly interested in research involving the application of spectroscopic techniques and nanotechnology to solve biological problems, and this influenced his decision to study for a PhD. In September 2018, he joined the OPTIMA Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) to begin a joint centre PhD programme in Optical Medical Imaging between the University of Strathclyde and the University of Edinburgh with an integrated masters in Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the University of Edinburgh Business School. He is currently working under the supervision of Professor Karen Faulds and Professor Duncan Graham in the Centre for Molecular Nanometrology at the University of Strathclyde, where he is researching the development of surface enhanced spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SESORS) for optical medical imaging applications. Using SESORS, it is possible to non-invasively retrieve subsurface spectra that originate from highly specific biofunctional SERS active nanotags inside diffusely scattering media such as mammalian tissue. He is currently using this spectroscopic technique to image multiple bacteria simultaneously within 3D printed models through tissue via their specific interaction with SERS active nanotags using a handheld spectrometer and he is also investigating methods for the interpretation of the depth and position of nanotags within SESORS spectra and images. Overall, the goal of his PhD is to broaden the applications of SESORS imaging and gain a deeper understanding into the technique to bring it closer to use in a medical setting.
Matthew Berry, University of Strathclyde
This student award will enable an outstanding student to attend and present their research in the area of vibrational spectroscopy in one the IRDG sessions at the SciX conference.
2020 Michelle Bailey
2019 Elizabeth Legge
2018 Anastasia Kapara
2017 Rachael Cameron
2016 Carl Mensch