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17 May 2006
Zhihan Wang and Yalan Wang, two PhD research students here at the Department's Electronics, Power & Energy Conversion Group, have won second prize at the first 'China UK Business Idea Competition'.
Through three rounds of fierce competition in half a year, the team came second among 160 entries across the UK and won a prize of £1,000. They have also been granted a special award of one-year free business consultancy and a potential investment worth £20,000 from Fast Future Ventures.
The students' winning business plan "PowerSilicon Technology" is aiming to establish the first fabless power electronics design house in China. The idea is to turn the cutting-edge research work carried out in the Oatley Laboratory here into commercial technologies and market products. During their PhD research, they have developed innovative control strategies for power semiconductor devices and designed new generation power devices, which have promising potentials in the future markets in both China and the UK.
This competition is supported by organisations including the Chinese Embassy, UK Trade and Investment, East Midlands Development Agency, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (formerly IEE), China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and China Britain Business Council.
The winners have expressed their gratitude to their supervisor Dr. Patrick Palmer for his valuable advice and to the Head of the Group Professor Gehan Amaratunga for inspiring their entrepreneurship spirit.
For further information please contact Yalan Wang email: email@example.com
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