Tat Ming Mako Ng

Favourite Thing: Blow things up :p



University of Bath; University of Bristol; Kent College Canterbury


A Levels: Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics; MSci in Chemistry; MRes in Sustainable Chemical Technologies

Work History:

Made gas sensors and plastics in chemical factories; cleaned, cooked food and helped nurses in a hospital.

Current Job:

PhD Student…If GCSE finishes in Year 11 and A Level finishes in Year 13, I’m now in Year 20


University of Bath

Me and my work

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.

[Don’t know about it? Read What’s the problem?; What is pollution? and Greenhouse Earth.]

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 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.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Crazy cat lover =^^=

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~

What did you want to be after you left school?

A doctor

Were you ever in trouble at school?

I always had problems with IT staffs because I knew too much :p

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Get children interested in science

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

My chemistry teachers and my chemistry friends

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

Maybe a nurse?

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.

Other stuff

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