FoNS-MAD! Update


FoNS-MAD! Update

Our three teams of students are working hard on their project ideas.

The shortlisted FoNS-MAD teams are currently completing their summer placements, developing their projects to proof-of-concept stage in the lab.  This year’s teams are:


  • Kevin Halim (Chemistry)
  • Joel Wong Wen Han (Chemistry)
  • Johnathan Mei (Maths)
  • Kamal Nahas (Life Sciences)

Summary of idea: Simple and rapid test of peroxide concentration in frying oil to determine if it is suitable and safe for consumption and re-use


  • Uddhav Vaghela (Medicine)
  • Stephan Koenigstorfer (Physics)
  • Ana Losada De La Lastra (Chemistry)
  • Dimitrios Karponis (Medicine)
  • Claudia Liang Peng (Life Sciences)

Summary of idea: Prevention of mosquito penetration by minimising the frictional adhesion forces between mosquito and a host surface


  • Kaiji Wang (Medicine)
  • Ashim Sen Gupta (Physics)
  • Wern Ng (Chemistry)
  • Xinran Liu (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Alice Cao (Physics)

Summary of idea: Electrochemical MIP-capacitor sensor powered by smartphone NFC

The teams will submit a detailed summary of their findings at the end of their placement and the competition will culminate in an event open to staff, students and the general public, on Wednesday 26 October 2016 from 17.30, where the teams will present their final projects to our VIP judges and an overall winner will be announced. If you wish to attend the final event, please email

The judges for this year’s competition are Professor Dame Julia Higgins, Professor of Polymer Science and Senior Research Investigator in the Department of Chemical Engineering; Professor Sir John Pendry from the Department of Physics; and Professor Lord Robert Winston, Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies; and Dr Ruth Allan, of Deloitte.

More information on the contest can be found on the website.


Rebecca Middleton

Rebecca Middleton
Faculty of Natural Sciences

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