Back row, left to right: Martin Chan, Meichen Lu, Samuel Choo, Dharshan Vadivelu. Front row: Kadi Liis Saar, Lauren Atherton, Sophie Duffield and Beatrice Ku. Click on the image to view it full screen.
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 Tuesday, 25th February and Tuesday, 4th March 2014.
On the first day, the First Prize winners were Kadi Liis Saar and Martin Chan for their project on investigating protein fibril growth and protein aggregation. Kadi Liis and Martin used atomic force microscopy (AFM) to study different types of protein fibrils and their morphologies and contributed towards the development of techniques that could be used to monitor protein fibril growth in real time. This could lead us closer to understanding the mechanisms of protein aggregation and its association to neurodegenerative diseases.
The Second Prize was taken by Beatrice Ku and Dharshan Vadivelu. Their title is The study of metal-organic frameworks for the purpose of drug delivery. Metal-organic frameworks are a relatively new class of modifiable porous materials with certain qualities that make them ideal candidates as drug delivery vehicles. They have been investigating their drug storage and release capabilities.
On the second day, there were two joint First Prize winning teams:
- Meichen Lu and Yanlong Choo
- Sophie Duffield and Lauren Atherton
Meichen Lu and Yanlong Choo said, "Our project aims at systematically assessing the validity and use of the inverse Laplace transform (ILT), which is commonly used in the analysis of nuclear magnetic resonance relaxation and diffusion data. We have developed a quantitative framework to test the robustness and reliability of the algorithm. The results could be used to guide future experimental design and the framework could be applied to other ill-posed problems other than ILT."
Sophie Duffield and Lauren Atherton's project was Spheronisation behaviour of pharmaceutical pastes.
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