Project M WLC

28 April 2017
Students from our Level 3 Applied Science and As courses have taken part in Project M for the Diamond Light Centre to help conduct a brand new scientific experiment.

Project M is novel and exciting research project to help understand how amino acids and other additives influence the formation of different polymorphs of calcium carbonate. One hundred schools took part, each sending ten unique samples of calcium carbonate to the Diamond Centre to analyse. 
Once the samples have been analysed, our students will be able to login to the system to see their own individual data which will be part of a larger set of results.
Project M even livestreamed each sample being analysed on Twitter:

The Science tutor who organised for the students to be involved in Project M was Fumbi Mhlanga. He explained what a fantastic opportunity the experiment is:

"This is very exciting as our learners are participating in an experiment which has never been done before meaning that what ever is discovered will be new to science.

"This is amazing and mind boggling because all participants will have a paper published in a renowned scientific journal something which most science graduates never achieve".

Professor Andrew Harrison from Diamond said:

“Project M has been a great way to give the students an experience of the tools used in a world-class science facility, and an insight into how our users work.

“We’re hoping that some of those that take part have been inspired to choose a career in science and that we’ll welcome them as scientists working here at Diamond in the near future.”

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