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Research project winners 2017

last modified Mar 09, 2017 01:24 PM
Research project winners 2017

Pey Ling Ng, Olivia Situmorang, Ray Aun Fan and Khoon Kheng Teh. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Congratulations to Simon Huang, Hyunil Park, Oliver Iyer, George Graham, Khoon Kheng Teh, Ray Aun Fan, Olivia Situmorang and Pey Ling Ng for good work on their research projects.

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, 28th February and Tuesday, 7th March 2017.

On the first day, the First Prize winners were Simon Huang and Hyunil Park with their project Quantised State Simulation, a numerical solver for ordinary differential equation systems. It works by discretising the state variables instead of time.

The second prize went to Oliver Iyer and George Graham for Ammonia as a hydrogen vector - the hunt for a sustainable catalyst. Their work investigated the use of cobalt as a catalyst for the decomposition of Ammonia into hydrogen for use in hydrogen fuel cells.

On the second day, the First Prize winners were Khoon Kheng Teh and Ray Aun Fan for their project, Uplift Mechanism for an Object buried in Granular Material. The focus of the project was to develop a particle tracking method to understand how a bed of granular material (such as sand and glass beads) behaves when it is lifted by an anchor.

The second prize went to Olivia Situmorang and Pey Ling Ng for Characterisation of Surface Acidity in ZSM-5 Zeolite Catalysts. The project aims to identify how the composition of ZSM-5 zeolite affects the location and strength of its acid sites. The acid sites determine the catalytic performance of ZSM-5, which is heavily used in catalytic cracking of hydrocarbons.