A PhD student from the Department of Engineering has been awarded a CONCAWE 2013 Young Researcher Award at a conference in Brussels.
Jeng Kanchit Rongchai was selected to present his PhD research and enter the final round of the Young Researcher Poster Competition at the 10th CONCAWE (Conservation of Clean Air and Water in Europe) symposium last month.
CONCAWE is an association of European Oil Refinery companies such as BP, Shell, Exxonmobil and Total which aims to promote health, safety and the environment.
Over 160 abstracts from students across Europe were submitted to the competition with 14 shortlisted and invited to Brussels to present their posters. In addition to his Young Researcher award, Jeng also received second prize in the Poster competition with his PhD research topic titled 'High-Temperature Condensation Particle Counter, a Novel Device for Nanoparticle Emission Measurement'.
Jeng said: "I feel privileged that I was able to present my PhD research at the symposium, let alone being awarded such a prestigious award. My supervisor, Professor Nick Collings, and I were very pleased that my presentation was well received.
"Our research is directly motivated by the impact of anthropogenic particle emissions on health, climate and environment. Diesel particles have recently been confirmed as carcinogenic, and more practical, reliable methods for measuring them are urgently required. Unlike the measurement of gaseous pollutants (e.g. NOx and carbon monoxide), particle measurement is much more challenging. If reliable methods of measurement are not forthcoming, important legislation concerning particle emissions may be difficult to be fully effective.
"We have designed, built and successfully tested a novel device called the High-Temperature Condensation Particle Counter (HT-CPC), a new solution to the problem of measuring vehicle particle emission numbers which are now regulated by EU law."
Further information on the CONCAWE Symposium can be found here.