Undergraduate Sam Attias wins Oxford Engineering Alumni Prize

14th May 2017

Sam Attias

Sam Attias, a Magdalen engineering finalist, won the BP Prize for best chemical engineering project and the Oxford Engineering Alumni Prize for best overall exhibition. The prizes were awarded during the 43rd annual Lubbock Day 2017, held in the Department of Engineering Science.

Sam presented his work entitled ‘Nanomaterials in Revolutionising Diabetes Diagnostics’ and exhibited a demonstration of a nanomaterial reversibly reacting to analytes within a custom-built photonics setup. The research shows how Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) can selectively and reversibly react with chemical biomarkers for diabetes found in the human breath. Sam’s work was conducted as part of his 4th year MEng research project and was supervised by Professor Jin-Chong Tan who leads the Multifunctional Materials and Composites (MMC) Laboratory within the department of Engineering Science.  Sam hopes that his research will act as a precursor for the further study and application of nanomaterials in the field of non-invasive diabetes diagnostics and monitoring technology.

For his achievement, Sam had been awarded £1000 prize money and has been invited to present a lecture about his project in September.