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PhD student wins first runner up in 3MT competition

10th June, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF SOUT- HAMPTON MALAYSIA Campus PhD Student Ivan Ling won first runner up of the university’s grand final Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition last 17 May. He represented the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment.

Ivan was one of the finalists who embraced the challenge of condensing their research for their dissertations. A standard thesis would take manyhours to present whereas these finalists only had three minutes to explain their research in a simple, fun and engaging way.

‘‘I think it is important for researchers to not only communicate their research to their peers, but to the general public as well. The experience has benefited me greatly! I have made lots of friends across different competition heats, and have collected valuable feedback from judges at each level,’’ said Ivan.

Ivan finished as runner up, earning £500 towards his future research needs with his talk entitled: Nanocrystalline Graphite Environment Sensors.

‘‘My presentation highlights the use of nanocrystalline graphite in designing sensors for environmental sensing. The boundaries between these nanocrystalline grains are highly reactive and sensitive towards certain gasses, which could potentially allow gas sensing to be carried out at room temperature, without the need of an embedded heating system,’’ explained Ivan.

Ivan is a postgraduate researcher at the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus. He spent his first year at the Malaysia Campus and is now based in the Highfield Campus in the UK, working on novel ways to utilise nanocrystalline graphene in the field of nano-electro-mechanical systems. Prior to joining Southampton, Ivan was a research engineer at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak where he also finished his bachelors of electrical and electronics engineering.

Ivan hopes to continue the streak of success he has demonstrated during the competition. Asked if he will be competing in the near future, he said: ‘’Definitely! I’ve always been interested in competitions. In fact, I’ve just assisted the Southampton IET On Campus in organising their very own Present around the World (PATW) competition last week! It’s a refreshing experience, organising a presentation-based competition one day, and competing in one the very next day!’’

The competition was hosted by the University of Southampton and contestants were judged base on content, comprehension, engagement and communication. The overall winner was Lauren Jevons from the Faculty of Medicine.

3MT is a globally-recognised competition which was developed by the University of Queensland.

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