Jingshan S. Du is a Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. His research spans crystal formation and transformation pathways, in situ electron microscopy, and hybrid organic/inorganic nanostructures. Du received a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University in 2021. At Northwestern, he worked on complex nanoparticle systems, correlative electron microscopy of hybrid nanostructures, and nanoscale thermodynamics. Du received a Certificate for Management for Scientists and Engineers from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management in 2021 and a B.Sc. in Engineering from Zhejiang University Chu Kochen Honors College in 2015.
Du is an Associate Editor of Frontiers for Young Minds, a Community Board member of Nanoscale Horizons, and an Early Career Editorial Advisory Board member of ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering. He has guest-edited for MRS Advances and Frontiers in Chemistry and organized or chaired several conferences and symposia on the local and (inter)national levels. Notable recognitions include an American Physical Society FIP Distinguished Student Award, a Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award, a David Galas Distinguished Fellow Award from the Washington Research Foundation, a Carl Samans Excellence Award from the ASM Chicago Regional Chapter, a Sabin Metal Ron Bleggi Award from the International Precious Metals Institute, an SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship, and a Perkin Scholarship from the Society of Chemical Industry America. He was appointed a Ryan Fellow and received an Outstanding Research Award from the International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern University.
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About My Name
Interpreting verbatim, my Chinese name 競杉 (Jing-shan) stands for competing (競, Jing) and (meta)sequoia (杉, Shan). Sequoia, known as the redwood, is a type of giant, tall trees commonly found in Northern California and China. The subfamily Sequoioideae contains three closely related genera: Sequoia, Metasequoia, and Sequoiadendron. My Chinese name was inspired by the dawn redwoods (a.k.a., Metasequoia glyptostroboides) grown in my birthplace, Hangzhou, China. My parents wished me to be as brave, strong, and upright as the redwoods.
When did Jingshan put on a doctoral gown for the first time?
At age six! It was a mini version that I wore for my kindergarten graduation, and I posed for this photo. Back then, no one would have believed that this naughty boy would earn a real Ph.D. someday!