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University of the Free State, South Africa
Hendrik C Swart is a B1 NRF rated researcher (Internationally acclaimed researchers) and currently a senior professor in the Department of Physics at the University of the Free State. Over the past 22 years he has led research in the area of the degradation of phosphors for field emission displays, as well as developing materials for nano solid state lighting. He has been key in the development of processes to synthesise and deposit thin films of various types of semiconductor nano-particles which will enhance the colour, luminescent intensity and lifetime of such displays. He has more than 530 publications in international peer reviewed journals, 100 peer reviewed conference proceedings and editor/author or co-editor/author of 12 book chapters and or books with more than 5400 cited author references and more than 530 national and international conference contributions (authored and co-authored). He has an ISI H-index of 33 (rid=g-2696-2012). He is a reviewer for about 70 international and national professional journals in his field (or in related fields), and a member of the editorial board of the high impact factor journal ‘Critical Reviews in Solid State and Materials Sciences” (IF-6.455). He is on the editorial board of Applied Surface Science and one of the newly appointed editors of the Journal of Nano Research. He has received the South African National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) award in 2009 for research capacity development of students in the niche area of nanophysics. His commitment to the next generation of scientists is also reflected by the awards he received from the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of the Free State, South Africa for excellence (deans medal) (2012), research (2014), mentorship (2008), for academic entrepreneurship (2009), best researcher (2018). The International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) honored him with the prestigious IAAM Scientist award for 2014 at the SETCOR International Conference on Smart Materials and Surfaces, Bangkok – Thailand. He received honorary membership of the Golden Key Association (2012). Radio Rosestad award for outstanding research and post graduate teaching in 2017. He was chair of national and international conferences. He has supervised 68 PhD and MSc students successfully in the past with another 17 in progress and has established a National Nano Surface Characterization Facility (NNSCF) containing state of the art surface characterization equipment. A research chair in Solid State Luminescent and Advanced Materials was awarded to him from the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) at the end of 2012 which was renewed for another 5 year at the end of 2017. The main focus of his research group will be the improvement of luminescent materials for applications in Flat Panel Displays and Solar Cells.