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Research Posters

Anna Zelmer, Chemistry, School of Natural Sciences

Investigation into the physical and chemical properties of soap bubble with respect to their performance.

The effect of SDS concentration on bubble longevity was studied and a concentration just above the cmc of SDS was found to give the most stable bubbles. This may be attributed to saturation of surfactant molecules in the aqueous core of the soap film, leading to stabilising effects just above cmc and repulsiveinteractions at even higher concentrations.

Gregg Robert Ashcroft, Biological Sciences, School of Natural Sciences

The Design and Construction of a six-celled Experimental Surface flow Constructed wetland Living Laboratory

I design and build constructive wetlands for treating domestic waste, and waste water. It is an alternative sustainable technology for waste water. In other words, it is low chemical use, low maintenance, cheaper and long lasting for water treatment systems. I am looking at individual design aspects to improve the overall wetland. Currently I am looking at enzymes activity and how that connects to the overall productivity of the wetland and efficiency of the wetland. We are looking at carbon application and how that affects enzymes activity which affects the overall efficiency of the removal of the waste water and the chemicals in it. I am also looking at planting schemes to create diverse systems as they have a greater ability to remove waste water and how to maintain the polyculture to continue the level of productivity. 

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Laura O’Philbin, School of Health Sciences

An evaluation of the effects of using an ICT based reminiscence app for people living with dementia & their caregivers

Reminiscence Therapy involves the discussion of past activities, events and experiences with another person or group of people, usually with the aid of tangible prompts. It enables people living with dementia to focus on long-term memories (which mostly remain intact) and to spend quality with their caregivers.

Shan Miriam Pritchard, School of Health Sciences

Evaluating the success of Welsh and bilingual apps.

This research project discusses the use of the Welsh language within the digital world, for a postgraduatecourse, which has been funded by a KESS Scholarship. The company partnership, Cwmni Da is a leading supplier ofS4C's television programs in North Wales. They have moved increasingly towards providing supplemental digital content over the past few years, as viewing habits change and develop. Therefore, the purpose of this research is to find out more about the factors that influence the success of these products, consumer attitudes towards them and towards the Welsh language and bilingual digital materials in general.

Simon White, Biological Sciences, School of Natural Sciences

Toward marker assisted selection for late blight resistance in Sárpo potatoes

Potato breeding is traditionally a slow and laborious process, typically taking 10-12 years from initial crossing to the production of a new cultivar (Bradshaw, 2009). The use of marker-assisted selection (MAS) is one way in which breeders can attempt to shorten this process by screening progeny for markers known to be associated with desirable traits.