World Lecture Competition past winners
Details of past winners of the Young Persons' World Lecture Competition are available by year as follows:
2017 Perth, Australia
Vidya Chamunderwari Narasimhan, Singapore Biodegradable scaffold systems for musculoskeletal tissue regeneration with sustained release of multiple bio-molecules Winner
Ilija Rašović, UK Making the world's most expensive material 2nd Place
Zheng Yu Ng, Malaysia Graphene-based magnetic hybrids for dye removal 3rd Place
Prabhu Elango, Australia The impact of drilling fluid composition on the integrity of cuttings
João Guilherme Prado, Brazil High Strength Steel (HSLA) in a high-performance vehicle suspension bellcrank: Beyond the usual engineering perspective
Arthur Ng, Hong Kong Sequential Excavation of large span trinocular section of mined tunnel underneath cross harbour tunnel in Hong Kong
Ekaterina Grishchenkova, Russia Earth surface monitoring: New look at modern equipment
Matthew Mayne, South Africa How do rocks melt? A question requiring both chemistry and thermodynamics
The 2016 YPWLC final was sponsored by CBMM, with support from IOM3 Western Australia and Rolls-Royce
Li (Alan) Zhong, Singapore Artificial Corneal Implants: A Brighter Future with Advanced Bioceramics - Winner
Jean Potgieter, South Africa Effects of Compaction on Lateral Earth Pressure - 2nd place
Isabella Vasconcelos Joviano dos Santos, Brazil Block Copolymers Self-assembly: Structurally Controlled Materials Directing Future Energy Applications - 3rd place
Colleen Mann, UK In the Bin for 100,000 Years: An Intergenerational Burden
Harry Sze, Hong Kong Micro-mechanic Behaviour of Sand Particles
Hoy (Vincent) Chun Wai, Malaysia Nanocellulose: Nature's Answer to Energy Poverty
Daniel Sully, Australia Mt Percy Gold Deposit: The Role and Significance of Porphyry Intrusions in The Gold Mineralisation Process
Hannah Little, Ireland Bone Scaffolds for the Regeneration of Critical Sized Defects: A 3D-Printing Approach Using Tailored Materials
Trevor Clark, United States Iron-Silicon Bulk Nanocrystalline Soft Magnetic Material
The 2016 YPWLC final was sponsored by CBMM, with support from Rolls-Royce
Kevin Doherty, Ireland New thermal control material systems for interplanetary and geosynchronous spaceflight - Winner
Kaushik Parida, Singapore Piezoelectric energy harvest: Converting ambient mechanical energy to useful electrical energy - 2nd place
Mariana Viegas Greco de Oliveira, Brazil Biomimetics: What can nature teach an engineer? - 3rd place
Maria Cann, UK Enhancement of silver nanowire transparent conductors for use in touch sensors
Hana Atiqah Abdul Karim, Malaysia Towards a cure for HIV: In silico protein engineering of a novel biomaterial
Daniel John Avutia, South Africa Analytical study of sinkhole propagation in South Africa
Maeve Budi, US Lead-free multiferroic nanocomposites: A platform to expand multiferroic applications
Zhou Yu, Hong Kong Making human body tissues: Making the miracle
Yuteng Zhang, Australia Diesel Particulate Matter
The 2015 YPWLC final was sponsored by CBMM, with support from Rolls-Royce
Raphael Smith, South Africa WINNER
The design, construction and testing of a hermetically sealed breast platform for dual-modality mammography
David Bishop, University of Ulster, Ireland 2nd Place
Addressing an unmet need in von Willebrand disease: A biosurface solution
Losini Amarasan, Multimedia University, Malaysia 3rd Place
Silica fibre: The next material for thermoluminescence dosimeter (TLD)
Anna Song, Michigan State University, US
Preparation of poly(lactic acid)/polystyrene bioblend hollow microparticles embedded with nanoparticles via a one-step emulsion-diffusion method
Duncan Johnstone, University of Oxford, UK
Layered inorganic nanomaterials going beyond graphene
Daniel Francioli, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Characterising surface fragmentation for comminution modelling
Calvin Davis III, University of Florida, US (East Coast)
Microwave processing for improved ionic conductivity in LiO2-Al2O3-TiO2-P2O5 glass ceramics
Zeng Xiao Mei, Singapore
Superelasticity in small volume zirconia ceramics
Qiu Guangyu, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Evanescently excited localized surface plasmon resonance biosensor based on self-assembly gold nanoislands
Corey Hardin, University California Riverside, US (West Coast)
CAPAD processing of rare earth doped zirconia for high temperature light emission applications
The 2014 YPWLC final was sponsored by CBMM, with support from Rolls-Royce
Cornelis van Niekerk, University of Pretoria, South Africa: 'Novel techniques for in-situ laser alloying of AISI 410L stainless steel with nitrogen during laser cladding' WINNER
Hendrik Hans, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore: 'Features on vibrissae of harbor seals and their significance' 2nd Place
Adam Brown, University of Leicester, UK: 'Exploring the use of synchrotron X-ray scattering methods to advanced composites' 3rd Place
Kevin Roche, University College Dublin, Ireland: 'Biomimetically reinforced glass ionomer dental cement'
Lucas Bronzatto Adorno, Fundação Educacional Inaciana, Brazil: 'Relevance of quantifying mechanical properties considering low temperatures for safe and efficient application of structural steels'
Steven Herrera, University California Riverside, US (West Coast): 'Stomatopods - Gladiator shrimp and advanced composites'
Farahani Irna Nazari, University Teknikal Malaysia, Melaka, Malaysia: 'CaLS for green urea fertiliser and greener earth'
Dave Ingram, Ove Arup & Partners, Hong Kong: 'Experiences in the underground mining industry, Western Australia'
Justin Starr, University of Florida, US (East Coast): 'Ceramic nanofibres - A new platform for multiferroic materials'
The 2013 YPWLC final was sponsored by CBMM, with support from Rolls-Royce
News item announcing the winner
Johnny Kar-Ho Au, Ove Arup & Partners, Hong Kong, 'Impressed Current Cathodic Protection for Reinforced Concrete Structures'. - 2nd place
Eleanor Merson, University of Leeds, UK, 'Chevron Cracks in Steel Welds'.
Emily Schmidt, Florida, USA, 'Design Concept Development for Contact Lens Characterization'.
Libby Sharman-Harris, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 'The Use of Sulphur-Isotope Analysis towards the Understanding of the Formation of Sulphide Minerals in the Platreef, Northern Limb, Bushveld Complex, South Africa'. - Winner
Eric Kan, Singapore, 'Nanocrystalline Germanium for Memory Applications: Small Dots with Big Potentials'. - 3rd place
The event was supported by Rolls-Royce plc.