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Cavendish PhD student wins SET for Britain Silver Medal for Physics

last modified Mar 19, 2014 01:37 PM

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee runs the SET for BRITAIN event in collaboration with seven scientific societies including the IOP and with private sector and institutional sponsorship.

The winner of this year's Silver Medal and £2,000 was Jan Mertens, a PhD student in the NanoPhotonics Group of the Cavendish Laboratory. His research involves squeezing light into tiny gaps to produce powerful sensors. A copy of his poster presentation "Graphene Controls Colour of Plasmonic Nanoantennas" can be found here.

The overall aim of SET for BRITAIN is to encourage, support and promote Britain's early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians who are the "engine-room" of continued progress in and development of UK research and R&D, and ultimately of UK plc.