Tat Ming Mako Ng
University of Bath; University of Bristol; Kent College Canterbury
A Levels: Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics; MSci in Chemistry; MRes in Sustainable Chemical Technologies
Made gas sensors and plastics in chemical factories; cleaned, cooked food and helped nurses in a hospital.
PhD Student…If GCSE finishes in Year 11 and A Level finishes in Year 13, I’m now in Year 20
University of Bath
Favourite thing to do in my job: Blow things up :p
Making cheap and Earth-friendly ‘fairies’ to power your house.
Let’s start with some background introduction, I guess you all know about fossil fuels (e.g. coal, oil, gas), and they are bad for the planet that we are living in.
That’s why we need a clean way to power your house, your street, the car / bus / train that gets you to school, everything that needs power. Example of clean power uses wind, water, or poo 😛 The one that I’m working on uses the sun.
But why most people still use the dirty power? Because clean power are still expensive. I am trying to make sun power (proper term: solar energy) cheaper so that people will stop using dirty power 🙂
My Typical Day
Read, mix, ‘cook’, find out what I’ve cooked, write.
There are a lot of scientists in the community working on topic similar to the one that I’m studying so it is useful for me to read what the other scientists have done and what they have found.
After the reading, I create a recipe and go to my ‘kitchen’ (in real term: laboratory, or lab) to do the weighing and cooking.
Since I can’t tell what I have cooked by looking at it, I find it out by firing X-ray and lasers to my sample and they are able to tell me something about them.
What I'd do with the prize money
Organise a ‘family day’ in university lab
You don’t need to wait until 18 to visit a university.
I will invite school children like you, and your parents, to come to my university to carry out some fun activities using stuffs that you can normally find in your kitchen. Since it will be in the summer, we are going to make some ice cream too!
It will not only give you another chance to chat with scientists, but also a chance to visit where scientists work.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Crazy cat lover =^^=
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Get children interested in science
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My chemistry teachers and my chemistry friends
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I always had problems with IT staffs because I knew too much :p
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Maybe a nurse?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Sushi! Who don’t like them?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Travelled to Japan~
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1) Be able to communicate with cats =^^= 2) Be able to fly 3) Have lots of money so that I can change the world
Tell us a joke.
What’s the difference between Chemistry and cooking? In Chemistry, you should never lick the spoon.