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Global Achievement for UU Engineering Postgrad

5th September 2007

UU postgraduate student Martin McMullan is feeling on top of the world after being named as one of the world's top three in a global lecture contest.

The international contest, which took place in Singapore, was organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and its affiliate, the Institute of Materials, East Asia.  

Nanyang Technological University, which is ranked among the top 20 technology universities in the world, was the venue for materials scientists and engineers, from USA, Malaysia, UK, China, Brunei, Ireland and Singapore, to deliver short presentations about their research.

A second year PhD student at UU Jordanstown's Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC), Martin's research in the area of nanotube biosensors is co-supervised by Dr Pagona Papakonstantinou and Professor Jim McLaughlin of the Faculty of Computing and Engineering.

The work he presented in the competition was a result of collaborative work with the Bioelectronics and Biosensors group at Arizona State University led by Prof Joseph Wang.

Martin, a GlaxoSmithKline sponsored CAST award student, secured his place in the world final after triumphing in the regional and national heats earlier this year.

The judges were impressed by his well-delivered presentation, which gave an overview of implantable biosensors and the design of a revolutionary sensor to measure blood lactate levels.

The sensor has many possible applications in the health sector, where it could be used to assess patient condition and test for a range of possible diseases or clinical conditions. It also has major implications in the monitoring and development of optimised training regimes for elite athletes.

Congratulating Martin on his achievement, Dr Papakonstantinou said: "It was a tremendous achievement to do so well against such stiff competition. The standard of entry was very high and very challenging."


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