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Chemistry grad students win Lindau Meeting awards

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Yung-Jin "Joey" Hu
Yung-Jin "Joey" Hu

June 23, 2009

Third-year chemistry graduate student Yung-Jin "Joey" Hu has won the prestigious Graduate Student Award for the 59th Lindau Meeting of Noble Laureates and Students. The meeting will be held in Lindau, Germany, on June 28 - July 3.

Hu, a member of the research group of chemistry professor Heino Nitsche, works in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) Radiochemistry Group. He is one of 500 young researchers selected to attend the meeting, drawn from an initial pool of approximately 20,000 candidates from across the globe.

Says Nitsche, "This is a wonderful recognition of one of our department's and LBNL's top graduate students."

Since 1951, Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics, and physiology/medicine convene annually in Lindau, Germany, to have open and informal meetings with students and young researchers. The 2009 meeting will focus on chemistry.

Hu studies environmental interactions of actinide elements, the group of elements that include uranium and plutonium. "I am especially interested in reactions between aqueous radionuclide solutions and mineral substrates," says Hu. "The purpose of my work is to acquire a molecular-level understanding of actinide interactions with the environment. This will allow for more accurate models that predict the ultimate fate of the radionuclides stored in long-term repositories."

At Lindau, a comprehensive program awaits the participants. Lectures by the Nobel Laureates and intimate rounds of discussions offer science of the highest standard. In addition to the scientific interaction, the participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the picturesque island city of Lindau, located at the eastern end of Lake Constance, just north of the Swiss Alps.

"It's an incredible honor to be selected to attend the meeting," says Hu, "I'm really looking forward to the trip."

In addition to Hu, Department of Chemistry students Alison Hardin (Sarpong group) and Leah Witus (Francis group) attended the prestigious meetings, as did Harvard postdoc Paul Peng (formerly a student in the Saykally group).

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