June 27, 2019, by Lisa Chin

Winners announced in UNM 2019 3MT® Competition

We are pleased to announce that Mitchell Lim Shyan Wei from the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering is the 2019 Winner of the UNM Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®). Mitchell won with a presentation of his PhD thesis Power ultrasound: A sound solution for a greener environment, which study the utilisation of ultrasound in water treatment. This ultrasonic assistance offers eradication of toxic waste for environmental remediation and pollution prevention.

Runner Up is Kumbirai Mateva from the School of Biosciences for his presentation The hidden half. Kumbirai described his research on plant root system of Bambara groundnut, an underutilised crop, to improve its nutrient and tolerance to drought for future food sustainability.

Full results

Overall Winner & People’s Choice

Mitchell Lim Shyan Wei, Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering

Power ultrasound: A sound solution for a greener environment

UNM 2019 3MT® Winner & People’s Choice. The top award was presented to Mitchell (right) by Professor Graham Kendall, Provost and CEO, University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM).

Runner Up

Kumbirai Mateva, School of Biosciences

The hidden half

UNM 2019 3MT® Runner Up. The award was presented to Kumbirai (right) by Dr Chow Weiling​, Business Development Engineer in Stream Environment Sdn Bhd.


A group shot of UNM 2019 3MT® contestants with the judges and members of Graduate School.

The UNM 3MT® was held on 26 June 2019 and a total of 11 contestants from various disciplines took part in this year’s competition.

Heartiest congratulations to all the contestants in this year’s 3MT® challenge. This competition gives us an exciting glimpse of transformative research undertaken at the University which will go on to have a powerful impact on the 21st century. It is a privilege for us to showcase such brilliant research of our postgraduate researchers.

What’s next?

Mitchell will now progress to the video round to compete against the other Nottingham campuses. The overall winner will represent the entire University of Nottingham at the Universitas 21 (U21) Final, also via video, which will be judged by an international panel of industry and academic professionals.

What’s it about?

3MT® is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

The average doctoral thesis would take 9 hours to present. They only have 3 minutes!

The challenge is for doctoral researchers to explain the complexity and relevance of their research to a non-specialist audience in a concise and engaging way. Contestants have a maximum of 3 minutes to pitch their research and can only use 1 slide.

Stay tuned!

More information about this competition will be posted soon.

In the meantime, please email us at graduateschool@nottingham.edu.my should you have any enquiries.

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