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University of Southampton scientist takes his research to Parliament

Published: 26 February 2018
Dr Lingcong Meng

Dr. Lingcong Meng, 30, a Research Fellow at The University of Southampton, hailing from China, is attending Parliament to present his chemistry research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of STEM for BRITAIN on Monday 12 March.

Lingcong’s poster on research about electrodeposition of functional materials for thermoelectric applications will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.

Lingcong was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

On presenting his research in Parliament, he said, “Attending STEM for Britain gives me the opportunity to tell more people about our research, extending our impact not only in scientific field.

“My work is part of the ADEPT project, focusing on the electrodeposition of functional materials for thermoelectric application, including power generation, and electronic cooling and heating. Our goal is to push the state of the art of electrodeposition and device design at the nanoscale.

“I feel honoured to be shortlisted for the STEM poster competition, and this will be a fantastic opportunity to let more people know more about our research.”

Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, said:

“This annual competition is an important date in the parliamentary calendar because it gives MPs an opportunity to speak to a wide range of the country’s best young researchers.

“These early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and STEM for BRITAIN is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

Lingcong’s research has been entered into the chemistry session of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony.

The gold medalist receives £2000, while silver and bronze receive £1250 and £750, respectively. The competition is judged by leading academics.

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee runs the event in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Biology, The Physiological Society and the Council for the Mathematical Sciences, with financial support from the Clay Mathematics Institute, Research Councils UK, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Society of Chemical Industry, Institute of Biomedical Science and the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research and the Nutrition Society.


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