Hsinhan “Dave” Tsai, a third-year doctoral student in materials science and nanoengineering (MSNE) at Rice University, has been honored with a gold award for graduate students from the Materials Research Society (MRS).
Tsai was one of eight graduate-student researchers to receive the gold award from a field of 300 candidates from the U.S. and elsewhere. He received the award at the MRS spring meeting and exhibit held April 2-6 in Phoenix. Tsai’s presentation, “Tuning the hybrid perovskites structure for high performance and stable optoelectronics applications,” was recognized for its “particularly significant and timely research” and for its applications in photovoltaics and LEDs.
Tsai earned his B.S. in chemistry from Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan in 2006 and his M.S. in organic and polymeric materials from National Taipei University of Technology in 2010. Since 2015, Tsai has served as a research associate in materials synthesis and integrated devices at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. His adviser at Rice is Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and chair of MSNE.