Edward Nagul

The main highlight of my studies was publishing a detailed review paper finally explaining a reaction which has been widely used yet misunderstood for over 100 years!

I've been motivated to pursue chemistry ever since Year 10 at school; unlocking the secrets of the physical world and using them for creative applications was just as alluring to me then as it is now.

The main highlight of my studies was publishing a detailed review paper finally explaining a reaction which has been widely used yet misunderstood for over 100 years! I also developed an automatic phosphate monitoring system which can run for weeks to months at a time, and runs on alcohol and UV light.

My dream is to be a research and development scientist in an organisation which develops innovative products of global significance, such as those related to energy, modernisation of industrial processes, and environmental waste cleanup.

Doing research requires that you love what you do, as the motivation has to come from yourself, and not your supervisor. It's an exciting way to indulge your curiosity, particularly if you love problem-solving and understanding what truly makes things work, and it's up to you as a communicator to explain to people why your work is valuable and what can be gained from it.

Edward received The Young Scientist Research Prize.