Chemist Peter Ngene (UU PhD Nanomaterials, 2012) was appointed as one of the Next Einstein Forum Fellows 2017-2019. This prize is awarded to Africa's best and most promising young scientists. He received the award from Paul Kagame, the president of Rwanda and currently president of the African Union.
Ngene is a researcher and assistant professor at Utrecht University and is working on new materials for the storage of energy that will enable the energy revolution that the world is hoping for. In 2016 he won the Van Arkel Prize for his PhD research. Recently he was the first author of a publication on the detection of hydrogen, an important carrier of sustainably generated energy.
We spoke with him about his work and his connection to UU.