Research project winners
8 March 2012
Henry Chan, Heng Ji Chan, Su Lyn Lee, Calvin Cheung, Ritika Sood, Vinayak Rajendran, Ilia Cherezov and Jamie Day
Research projects are a major part of the coursework for Chemical Engineering students in their fourth year at Cambridge, leading to the MEng degree. The students are required to undertake a piece of original research in pairs or singly. In addition to a final report on their work, they are required to give a 6 minute presentation and produce a poster. There were two sessions, on 2nd and 6th March 2012.
On 2 March the joint first prize winners were Heng Ji Chan and Henry Chan for their project on Developing a supported metal oxide for CO2 capture and H2 production and Calvin Cheung and Su Lyn Lee with CO2 plumes and thermals.
The prize winners on 6 March were Ritika Sood and Vinayak Rajendran for their project on Surface Display of Heterologous Proteins on Bacillus megaterium Spores. The runners up were Jamie Day and Ilia Cherezov with CO2 storage in saline aquifers.
Calvin Cheung and Su Lyn Lee were supervised by Dr Silvana Cardoso and the aim of their research project was to investigate the behaviour of turbulent thermals in chemical reactions. The reaction system of Ferric Chloride and Ascorbic Acid was studied and the results were compared against the theoretical model developed by the research group. This project is highly relevant to the environment as natural phenomena such as chemical leaks are often encountered.
Ritika Sood and Vinayak Rajendran were supervised by Dr Graham Christie. They said, "The aim of the project was to use proteomic techniques to identify proteins that form the outer-most layers of spores of Bacillus megaterium. GM techniques were then applied to fuse spore coat proteins with green fluorescent protein (see image), to help identify the precise location of the respective coat proteins within the spore. Ultimately, we expect that proteins of interest, for example antigens or enzymes, may be displayed on the outer surface of spores to deliver applications in healthcare, diagnostics and biocatalysis."
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