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The Future of Materials

Two teams from ACJC participated in the ‘Future of Materials’ poster competition on 11 Feb 2017, organised by the School of Materials Science & Engineering, Nanyang Technological University. This is an inter-JC Materials Science poster competition for students who have done research projects on materials science, and one of our teams was awarded ‘First Runner-Up’ and ‘Judges' Favourite Poster’.

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Explaining the poster

It was a pleasant surprise for the team who won two awards, but more precious were the experiences and learning points they gained during their research journey. The team shares their research journey and their experience at the competition:

This was our first experience as student researchers, so on our very first visit to the Advanced Materials Research Centre @ NTU (AMRC), we were amazed but also disoriented by the sophisticated equipment in the lab, that we had no idea how to use. It took us weeks to understand the concept of transparent ceramics (our research topic) and to become comfortable conducting research in this area. The journey comprised many highs and lows. A notable high was when we obtained images showing that our fabricated ceramics were of high transmittance, as it meant that our research had solid results. We were also ecstatic when we finished our report, as it was a culmination of weeks of hard work that finally paid off and taught us the fruits of perseverance and a focused mind. 

The preparation for the poster competition was initially quite nerve-wracking, as it was our very first science poster competition and we did not know what to expect. However, with the teachers’ guidance and mock presentation sessions, we gradually gained confidence and were ready for the judging. The judging was significant in that the judges asked questions to help us refine our explanation, and guide us to reconsider some of the issues that surfaced from our research. We are grateful to receive many insightful suggestions from them. This entire research journey has been a truly fruitful and memorable experience for all of us!