Chemistry PhD students selected to present at house of commons event

Two PhD students from the Materials and Interfaces Research Group in our department have been selected to present their work at the House of Commons on 12th March 2018.

STEM for BRITAIN (formerly SET for Britain) is an annual poster competition in the House of Commons which was first hosted in in 1997 by the late Dr Eric Wharton. The aim of the competition is to encourage, support and promote Britain's early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians who are an essential part of continuing progress and development of UK research and R&D.

There were over 500 posters submitted this year for this prestigious event and the Department has been very successful in getting 2 posters shortlisted for the Chemistry section:

Emma Palin will be presenting her poster entitled “A Novel Electrochemical Method for Investigating Metal-Metal Interdiffusion in Electronic Devices.” She will be presenting her research on the development of techniques to analyse metal mixing in Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), so as to improve efficiency in the production of electronics.

Francesca Bevan will be presenting her poster entitled “Mineral Processing Using Deep Eutectic Solvents.” She will be presenting her research on the direct and indirect leaching and recovery of different metals from their ores, in order to provide an alternative to typical mining processes.

The national competition is organized by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee together with Mrs. Sue Wharton and the learned societies, including the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC.)  In order to encourage maximum participation by early-career researchers and Members of Parliament the competition is divided into five subject areas: Biological and Biomedical Science; Chemistry; Physics; Engineering; Mathematics.


STEM for BRITAIN Awards are made on the basis of the very best research work and results by an early-stage or early-career researchers together with their ability to communicate their work to a non-specialist audience. There are gold, silver and bronze medals and significant cash prizes awarded in each of the subject areas.  The overall winner is picked by members of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee from the gold medal winners in each of the subject areas and receives the Westminster Medal.


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