The FoNS Make A Difference Competition is currently in its 4th successful year. Over 100 undergraduate students attended our workshops this year, and 14 teams of students from across the departments of Chemistry, Mathematics, Life Sciences and Physics, as well as from Medicine and Engineering, applied to take part in the competition.

Our four teams of finalists, who will work on their innovative ideas in the lab over the summer and will then compete to win the top prize at the grand final on 22 October 2017, are listed below. You can read more about their work in this news article.

FoNS-MAD 2017 Final

If you'd like to attend the final event, which will take place on Wednesday 25 October 2017, you can register here.

FoNS-MAD 2017 Finalist Teams

2017 Finalist Teams


Team Debac

Team Debac are Thomas Caganek, Kim Ngan Luu Hoang and Mingke Pan from Life Sciences, and Gi Young Park from Physics. Together they are working on a method for early detection of surgical wound infection using pigment-containing liposomes.


Team TBDetect

Team TBDetect are Mark Pollock from Physics; Jacob Robson-Tull and Bibi Ryder Wood from Life Sciences ; and Federica Raguseo from Chemistry. The team are hoping to develop a quick and cheap diagnosis for tuberculosis.

Finalists 2017


Team Matoha

Team Matoha are Hans Chan and Martin Holicky of Chemistry, and David Anzhou Dai and and James Kung of Physics. Their idea is for a low-cost near-infrared plastics identification tool.


Team ThinAir

Thin Air are Samuel Bruggen, Jonathan Risley and Jansen Teng Weng Nang of Life Sciences, and Muhammed Maktari of the Materials Department in the Faculty of Engineering. The team aim to produce a bio-membrane to obtain water in high yields from the atmosphere.