Building International Networks with Researchers in Taiwan

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Director of SIRE, Professor Laurence Hardwick, has returned from an invited lecture tour of Taiwan’s Universities and Research Centres that specialise in electrochemical and battery research. The tour took him to Ming Chi University of Technology, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), National Yunlin University of Science and Technology (YunTech), National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) and the Sustainable Electrochemical Energy Development (SEED) Centre.

The visit marked an eleven-year relationship with Taiwan through the University of Liverpool (UoL)-NTHU dual PhD programme and Professor Hardwick delivered an overview of the work of the five joint PhD students who have graduated from this scheme all with co-supervision from Professor Chi-Chang Hu in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Professor Hardwick stated “it has been a fantastic and rewarding opportunity to have been intensely involved in this international training network from its inception as the initial supervisory team. The five graduating students have gone on to academic or industrial positions in Taiwan and Thailand in fields including battery technology and semiconductors. Whenever I highlight this dual PhD programme between UoL and NTHU with colleagues at other Universities around the world they are always complementary how forward looking it is and beneficial for establishing long-term collaborations. I remain very grateful how UoL-NTHU scheme has assisted in establishing a long-lasting international partnership”.

Laurence Hardwick outside the SEED centre at TaiwanTech with Dr Anna Windmüller, Professor Wei-Nien Su and Dr. Chih-Han