2007 Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition

15 Aug 2007

The recent final of the Young Persons' World Lecture Competition brought together younger members from around the world to compete in Singapore. The competition took place at Nanyang Technological University on Wednesday 8 August 2007.

Taking the competition abroad for the first time this year, IOM3 and the Younger Member's Committee drew on the affiliated Institute of Materials, East Asia to help co-ordinate the event. As primary sponsor Rolls-Royce helped to create the international perspective of the event. Anglo American and CBMM provided additional sponsorship.

From Malaysia, Mary Donnabelle I Balela took first place for her presentation on cobalt nanoparticles. Coming second was Ricky Chua Kee Sze representing Singapore, and third place went to Martin McMulland for Ireland.

The competitors and their presentations were:

  • Mohammed Khairul Zarifi bin Haji Masri, Loughborough University, representing Brunei, ‘High strain rate deformation of nickel-titanium shape memory alloy'.
  • Argus Chan Ka Cheung from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, representing Hong Kong, ‘Flash memory in future - From non-volatile memory to single electron device'.
  • From the UK, John Forsdike, Swansea University, ‘Blisks' and their role in aero-gas turbines'.
  • Richard Cross from the Georgia Institute of Technology, representing the USA, ‘Probabilistic failure prediction of fatigue critical components and structures'.
  • Mary Donnabelle I Balela, Universiti Sains Malaysia, representing Malaysia, ‘Cobalt nanoparticles: synthesis, properties, and applications'.
  • Martin McMullan, University of Ulster, contestant for Ireland, ‘Electrochemical implantable sensor: design, fabrication and detection of lactate'.
  • Representing Singapore, Ricky Chua Kee Sze, Nanyang Technological University, ‘Polymer electronic materials'.


For further information about the winning presentation by Mary Donnabelle I Balela, read the news release.


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