Finalist finds the right chemistry

PhD candidate Mark Zammit studying Molecular Physics at Curtin University is delighted to be named one of three finalists for the Student Scientist of the Year award.
PhD candidate Mark Zammit studying Molecular Physics at Curtin University is delighted to be named one of three finalists for the Student Scientist of the Year award.

‘This was my second time as a finalist (one of three) and the feeling has not grown old,’ he said.

The Curtin University PhD candidate was recognised for his research focusing on modelling the collisions of atoms and molecules for application in fusion technology, materials research, climate science, cancer detection and radiotherapy.

‘Throughout my studies I developed the world’s most accurate computer program that models simple chemical reactions,’ Mr Zammit said.

‘This research attracted several international scientists to WA and collaborations were established including a partnership with the head of the atomic and molecular unit at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.

‘I am also guiding several collaborations that will apply my research and lead to new technologies and drugs that will benefit society.’

He said winning the award was a great honour.

‘I sincerely hope my story will help young, aspiring students to realise they can make a significant contribution to their chosen field.’

Mr Zammit thanked his supervisors, friends and family for their support.

Tyler Brown