Physics PhD student Frederick Wells will represent the University of Wollongong at the October Trans-Tasman final of the Three Minute Thesis competition after winning the UOW round with his presentation Slow Mo Superconductors  on 15 July.

Frederick’s presentation focused on how studying slow motion video of superconductors – materials which provide no resistance to electrical conduction – can provide fundamental insights into their magnetic and electric current properties.

The presentation is based on one element of his interdisciplinary doctoral studies investigating the fundamental magnetic features of superconductors. He is supervised by Professor Alexey V Pan at the UOW Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials and School of Physics.

Claire Wright, from the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts was runner up with her presentation, Occupying the Interdisciplinary Space, while Fredy Munoz, from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, took out the People’s Choice Award for the synopsis of his PhD studies titled A Drug Delivery System for Capsule Robots.

Three Minute Thesis is a research communication competition which challenges PhD students to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. The concept was developed at the University of Queensland and it has evolved into a national and international competition.

UOW competitors were judged on three areas: comprehension, engagement and communication by a panel of UOW academics and UOW Dean of Research, Professor Tim Marchant. Twelve presenters took part in the competition final from across UOW faculties.

UOW Three Minute Thesis Competition Round:

Winner: Frederick Wells, Australian Institute of Innovative Materials (AIIM): Slow-Mo Superconductors

Runner-up: Claire Wright, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts: Occupying the Interdisciplinary Space

People’s Choice: Fredy Munoz, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences:A Drug Delivery System for Capsule Robots