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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Prizes for research students

Whilst working towards their PhDs, research students are asked to give short presentations on their work so far, to prepare a poster and to take questions at a poster session.

On 14th October 2009, ten students who have just completed their first year of research gave presentations and the prize for best work went to Shraddha Shekar, with Patrick Gordon as the runner up.

On 21st October, eight students in the third year of their PhDs competed and the winner was Golnaz Borghei with Theodoros Koutroukides as the runner up.

On 28th October, more second year students presented and the winner was Andrew Lynch.

Shraddha's poster was entitled Modelling the decomposition of TEOS to form Silica nanoparticles and this work involves ab initio modelling of the decomposition of tetraethoxysilane to form web-like silica nanoparticles using computational quantum chemistry and statistical mechanics. The thermochemistry, gas-phase kinetics and nanoparticle formation are then combined together to develop an overall chemical model.

Golnaz's poster was Let there be light, and there was BRET and she is working on switching on fluorescent proteins with Luciferase: designing an auto-fluorescent fluorescent protein.

Theo's poster title was Plasma Proteome Profiling using Amine-Reactive Isobaric Tagging Mass Spectrometry in Schizophrenia and it covered Biomarker discovery for the development of an objective diagnostic blood test in schizophrenia.

Andrew's work is on Improving red blood cell cryosurvival using sugars and he says, "I am using small sugars to protect red blood cells during freezing. This technology has the potential to improve the long term storage viability of red blood cells in blood banks."

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