IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity
The fellowship is awarded annually to a full-time graduate student pursuing a PhD (or equivalent) degree in the area of applied superconductivity, at an accredited college or university of recognized standing worldwide. The intention of the award is to encourage students to enter and contribute to the field of applied superconductivity.
Eligibility: To be eligible, the recipient must be pursuing full-time graduate work at an accredited college/university and pursuing or planning to pursue research activities in applied superconductivity. The applicant must have majored in engineering, materials, chemistry, physics or a related area and have received a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent from an accredited college of recognized standing worldwide. Applicants are required to submit certified transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and three letters of recommendation from college/university professors familiar with the applicant's work. Award recipients will be selected based upon the quality of their prior work and the impact of their current research in superconductivity.
Chao Zhou is working within EMS for three years now as a PhD candidate on experimental and theoretical research studies related to strain reduced transport properties in superconductors, as applied in ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor). The excellent results providing better understanding on the degradation phenomena in ITER conductors were up to now reported in 6 peer reviewed journal papers (Superconductor Science and Technology and several oral presentations at the Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC), Superconductivity Centennial Conference (EUCAS-ISEC-ICMC) and Mechanical-Electromagnetic properties of Superconducting Materials (MEM11).
During his PhD work in Twente he created valuable models and an extensive database for the characterization of superconductors, e.g. the quantitative descriptions of intra-wire/tape electrical resistance for a wide range of superconductors (NbTi, Nb3Sn, MgB2, Bi2212, Bi2223 and YBCO), the strain and/or crack distribution (pattern) and its impacts on the transport properties of Nb3Sn and MgB2 wires, which has large potential as a source for better understanding and improvement of superconductors, magnets and their applications. Especially for the ITER conductors and for adequate interpretation of the ITER magnets when being in operation.
Chao also organized a business team, with an extensive business plan named China Superway Superconducting Science and Technology Co. Ltd.. They have been selected as a finalist (top 3) by the 2012 CSSA UK High-level Entrepreneurship Challenge Congratulates at the final competition in London, UK, in November 2012.