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Physics student wins top prize at Santander Celebration Awards

The Santander Celebration Award give students across multiple disciplines the opportunity to receive a grant to support their education. The grant is designed to support development in Education, Professional Development, Research or Enterprise activities.

Joey Kilbride winner of Santander Celebration Awards 2022

Joey, who is carrying out his PhD in Physics on ‘The evaporation of multiple droplets’ applied for the grant and was awarded the top prize of £10,000. He plans on using the grant money to fund an extended research trip to the University of Edinburgh with Professor Prashant Vallur (a world-renown expert at computer simulations of fluid dynamics). The grant will also be used to cover open access publication costs and support a trip to the 75th Division of Fluid Dynamics meeting in Indianapolis, USA in November this year where he will share his findings. This meeting will give Joey the opportunity to meet other experts in the field and learn about the projects they’re working on.

Joey hopes his research could inform new methods of limiting the spread of viruses, like COVID-19, by understanding how exhaled droplets carry the virus and whether evaporation is connected to prolonging their lifetime.

Joey shared what this grant means to him:

"I am very grateful to Santander and to the panel for awarding me this prize. It is important to me as it will significantly enhance the impact of my research, as well as give me the opportunity to learn new computational skills. I will be able to bring this expertise back to NTU to share with staff and other students in the department. It will also strengthen the connections with the university of Edinburgh."

Find out more about Research degrees in Science and Technology PhD at NTU.

Published on 4 February 2022
  • Subject area: Sciences including sport sciences
  • Category: School of Science and Technology