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ECU engineering researcher named one of the world’s best

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

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An Edith Cowan University chemical engineering researcher has joined Nobel Prize winners by being recognised as one of the world's most influential scientists.

Professor Hongqi Sun from ECU's School of Engineering was named on the Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list in the cross-field category.

Professor Sun is an internationally recognised expert utilising nanotechnology for applications in solar-to-chemical conversion and repairing environmental damage.

A recent research project with colleagues from University of Adelaide and Curtin University saw Professor Sun develop a new method of removing micro-plastics from the ocean by decomposing the pollutants with microscopic carbon nano-tubes.

Professor Sun was named on the annual list of Highly Cited Researchers thanks to more than 30 research papers ranking in the top one per cent of research globally.

The list includes 23 Nobel Laureates and recognises researchers with enormous impact and influence in their field.

This year is the first time an ECU staff member has been named on the Highly Cited Researchers list.

Professor Sun joined ECU as part of ECU's Professorial Recruitment scheme, which aimed to rapidly expand research activity by recruiting exceptional researchers from around the world.

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