Mark Siu is fascinated by nanotechnology and hopes to one day work on a revolutionary product that will improve lives.
Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology)/Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences)
Nanotechnology is one of the more new and exciting disciplines where it’s still possible to pioneer a new technological revolution!
My Year 9 science teacher introduced me to nanotechnology and after a bit of research, I discovered it was a multidisciplinary science with a diverse range of applications in the biomedical, military and textiles industries.
There are many journals and magazines detailing the latest technological advancements for this discipline and I believe it is not only a great challenge, but a great way to enjoy biology, physics and chemistry.
With chemistry as my major, I have been taught industry-standard laboratory skills and techniques, and have become familiar with the types of instrumentation required for work and research – including the multi-million dollar transmission electron microscope. I have worked in many group projects which have enabled me to adapt and assimilate quickly to different people and situations.
During my studies, I travelled to Sydney to attend an ASELL conference, to Perth to visit the Alcoa Alumina plants, and to Canberra for a summer research project.
In the final year courses, Professional Scientist and Science Project, students are given a head start in the workplace by being placed in a mock research environment in order to experience the process of proposing and performing research. Students are required to select a research topic; design experiments; research; and eventually write a mini thesis on findings and results.
I’m a volunteer group leader for the RMIT Science Experience, where I take Year 9 and 10 kids on a three-day tour of the campuses and other scientific research institutions so that they can see that science is not just about being in a laboratory.
Recently, I secured a research scholarship at The Australian National University where I was able to exercise my existing skills and learn some advanced techniques as well. This had given me an opportunity to work in a PhD environment and contribute to the general scientific community at an undergraduate level. In addition, it has helped to establish connections with lifelong friends and fellow researchers.
Nanotechnology is one of the more new and exciting disciplines where it’s still possible to pioneer a new technological revolution! It’s a field of research which relies on dedication and devotion to science - so you need to have a strong grounding in at least one of the sciences.
My dream job would to work for a drug or health company where I am able to impart my knowledge of nano-medicines to benefit society.
I am persistent, hardworking and dedicated, and I love studying nanotechnology because I know it has the potential to improve lives.