Altrincham Grammar School for Girls

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24th July 2014


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Nuffield Foundation Science Bursary

Nuffield BursartyThe Nuffield Foundation Bursary offers up to 1000 bursaries a year for students to work alongside practising scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

Projects take place during the summer holidays, giving students an insight into the world of scientific research and development. Four of our Year thirteen students, Rebecca, Emma, Lucy and Ellie were lucky enough to receive the bursary,

Ellie writes of the scheme:

Through the Nuffield Bursary scheme I was delighted to be given the opportunity to spend four weeks in the Chemistry Department at the University of Manchester. Here, I worked alongside PhD students and post-docs on a current research project which aimed to produce waterproof materials without using toxic materials such as fluorine. We were trying to recreate the "lotus effect", a phenomenon seen in nature, when raindrops sit in almost spherical droplets on the surface of leaves. To achieve this, we synthesised polystyrene nanoparticles and then dried them onto cotton, as this creates a rough surface similar to that of lotus leaves. As well as carrying out experiments, I was able to use the electron microscope in order to see the nanoparticles and I also characterised the product, using analytical techniques such as NMR and infrared spectroscopy. This was a fantastic experience and I would really recommend it to any budding scientist!

Mrs. Lord (Head of Science) writes:

Congratulations to all girls; they had the opportunity to experience intensive research, which is normally the realm of third year undergraduates. My grateful thanks go to the mentors at the university for all their help.

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