Hampton, Va (February 21, 2013) -- NIA Senior Research Scientist, Yi Lin, was named recipient of the NIA 2012 Best Research Publication Award for a recently published review article co-authored by NASA Langley Research Center’s John Connell: “Advances in 2D Boron Nitride Nanostructures: Nanosheets, Nanoribbons, Nanomeshes, and Hybrids with Graphene.” Lin and Connell were invited to write the review article by Nanoscale,
a biweekly journal published by the Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing. The award was presented on February 1, 2013 at NIA’s Annual Winter Awards Ceremony and Celebration.
The article has the distinction of being the first comprehensive overview of 2D boron nitride nanomaterials in the field. It covers most aspects of the materials, including a critical discussion of their structural basis, synthesis, and applications. The work first appeared online in September 2012 and later in print in November 2012. In September it held a consistent place as one of the Top 10 Most-Accessed Articles on the Nanoscale website. In October and November it was consistently listed among the Top
20 Most-Accessed Articles. The November print edition of Nanoscale featured cover art from the article.
Lin and Connell were invited to write the review based upon the seminal work the two colleagues have conducted on the subject of 2D boron nitride nanomaterials in the Advanced Materials and Processing Branch at NASA Langley Research Center. Since 2010, Lin and Connell have published four other articles on the subject, which collectively have received nearly 100 citations. Their work also lead to US Patent 8,303,922, “Method for Exfoliation of Hexagonal Boron Nitride,” which they were granted in November 2012, just two months after their award-winning article originally appeared online.
The NIA Best Research Publication Award is an honorary award that is presented to an NIA Research Scientist or Engineer, and co-authors, for the best publication produced during the preceding year. Each year a review committee comprised of NIA’s Executive Staff and Research Fellows review the papers nominated.
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