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3MW: North Wales & Cheshire Centre Heat

Join the IOP Wales and West Midlands branches as our contestants battle it out to be the winner of the 3 Minute Wonder (3MW) North Wales and Cheshire heat. The person who best explains their research in 3 minutes or less will make it through the the national competition final in London. 

More information on the event, as well as details on how to enter, can be found on the main 3MW page here. 

Anyone is welcome to come and support the potential finalists. There is no cost to attend, but registration is encouraged. 


Arrival from 5pm, timings after 17:15 are approximate, but we intend to finish before 7pm.

17:15 - Introduction, and outline of how the event will run

17:30 - Amy Rattenbury Wrexham - Glyndwr University
In forensic cases, fast and comprehensive search strategies are essential when locating graves in order to maximise evidence recovery and prevent contamination. This project looks at how commercially available drones and sensors can be combined with other traditional search methods in order to effectively find and document burial sites.

17:35 - Alexander Kippax, University of Chester - Transverse beam profile measurements via digital Micro-mirror device based optical interferometry. Interference of synchrotron radiation by an optical mask displayed on an array of microscopic mirrors, allows the shape of a particle beam to be determined. This should allow for better diagnostics (thus optimisation) of particle beams within accelerators.

17:40 - Georgina Dransfield, University of Birmingham - For over a century, astronomers have compared stars on brightness versus temperature graphs to figure out their age, size and composition. My research, meanwhile, attempts to make an equally useful graph of extra-solar planets: I compare hot, Jupiter-like planets with cool failed stars on colourful graphs.

17:45 - Daren Chesworth, Wrexham Glyndwr University - Industry 4.0 within a maintenance engineering context is a recent phenomenon. Using advancements in sensor technology it can predict equipment health with high accuracy. However, it is also possible to utilise the ‘big data’ gathered from an asset to learn more about a manufacturing process than ever before.

17:50 - Verity Tynan, Wrexham Glyndwr University - How biological matter changes after death and factors affecting this are critical issues in forensic Taphonomy. Body size is currently under-researched despite being a major differential in human anatomy. This project looks at its impact on widely accepted decomposition timelines and could be influential in the investigation of juvenile death.

17:55 - Jordan Williams, University of Chester - Research into the formation of nanostructures onto a surface through an electrochemical reaction. This is to provide characteristics that can be utilised for applications such as bactericidal surfaces and surface wettability. A variety of catalysts will be used to form different surface topography onto a copper sample.

18:00 - Short comfort break

18:05 - Samantha Hope, Wrexham Glyndwr University - Our antibiotics are failing and our healthcare system is being defeated. By the year 2050, 10 million people a year will die from infections that antibiotics can no longer treat and no new antibiotics have been developed in decades. However, the advancements in Artificial intelligence and its interactive relationship with ultraviolet light can lead us into a promising future in medicine. This project has developed the newest of technologies with artificial intelligent rapid infection diagnostics that gives a machine the ability to detect, differentiate and diagnose every strain of bacterial infection and Luminotics, the next generation antibiotic.

18:10 - Jack Riall, University of Chester - Increasing transistor density within microchips has reached an impasse due to problems like heat dissipation and leakage current. This project proposes a method to increase the bit density without using transistors. Instead, utilizing quantum mechanical effects, the bit would be encoded within the charge configuration of a single mixed-valence molecule.

18:15 - Lucy Thomas, University of Birmingham - We have detected miniscule ripples in the fabric of spacetime, from gargantuan black holes smashing together a billion years ago. Or have we? Why are we so sure?
Because we built them with computers first. We have definitely detected gravitational waves, but only because we can model them. Here's how...

18:20 - Alex Manuel, University of Chester - Serial decay chains of heavy radioactive elements can be mathematical visualised using the Bateman equation. When the chain > 4 the mathematics becomes difficult, so therefore developing it through computing proves invaluable. In future nuclear waste disposal, surveillance tied with γ-ray spectra, would create another level of handling safety.

18:25 - Robert Jones, Wrexham Glyndwr University - The application of AI within the wind industry.

18:30 - Audience and Competitor mingling for Refreshments during which the Judging will take place

18:50 - Announcement of the Winner

18:55 - End of event

Organised By
North Wales & Cheshire Centre (IOPWales/Merseyside Branch)
20 Feb 2020 17:15 to 19:00
Nick Whitehead Theatre, Wrexham Glyndwr University
LL11 2AW
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