Our student prize scheme, in partnership with the University of Brighton, is now in its sixth year and continues to attract interest from undergraduates working in a range of scientific disciplines.
This year, three prizes of £200 were awarded for final year undergraduate projects that the judges felt had made particularly good use of electron microscopy. The winners were Mohiden Abdul Ahad, Wuraola Akinrinsola and Ella Villanuerva.
The prize is held within the University’s Image and Analysis Unit in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science and awarded on an annual basis. More information can be found on our Student Prizes page.
Mohiden Abdul Ahad
Course: MEng Mechanical Engineering
Project Supervisor: Dr Steven Begg
Project Title: Investigation of Particulate Matter (PM) in Modern Gasoline Engines
Synopsis: The project utilised SEM to examine the morphology of exhaust soot samples, together with EDS to evaluate their chemical composition. The data was used investigate the effects that different engine running conditions had on the particulate emissions from a modern port-fuel injection gasoline engine.
Course: MPharm Pharmacy
Project Supervisor: Dr Ananth Pannala
Project Title: Encapsulation and Characterisation of Amorolfine Hydrocholoride in Poly – (D, L- Lactic Acid) Nanoparticles
Synopsis: The project utilised SEM to examine the size and morphology of nanoparticle pharmaceutical formulations for drug delivery applications. The data was used to investigate the effectiveness of the formulation methodology on production of consistent and spherical nanoparticle populations.
Course:BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
Project supervisor: Dr Lara-Marie Barnes
Project title: The development of bacterial biofilms in babies’ bath toys.
Synopsis: SEM was used as an investigative tool to study both pre-existing biofilms formed on toys which had been use over a period of months, and to follow early biofilm development on new toys artificially seeded with bacterial species.