In July 2017, Ahhyun was one of a hundred students from around the world selected to participate in the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge, working on the Artificial Photosynthesis project. The students learned the basic principles of photo anodes, carried out practical experiments to compare different catalysts (NiOx, CoOx) and investigated the optimum pH conditions for the water splitting process.
They debated the current limitations in making water splitting commercially viable, which was a highly inspiring and fulfilling experience where students could learn the direct application of chemistry to real life.
Ahhyun was honoured to be elected by peers and lecturers to present their research and discussions to participants, staff and parents.
Her curiosity for chemistry is reflected in the research I have undertaken for the Level 3 Extended Project, which aimed to discover why the transition metal compounds are coloured. Some of the questions she have addressed include: what would happen after the light absorption; why don’t the absorption-frequency spectra look like line spectra; and what affects the intensity of the peaks. The initial target of the project was to produce a mathematical model of a predicted absorption-frequency graph given the nature of the complex. However, Ahhyun discovered that this has never been done before. This project developed important skills for long-term independent research: self-direction, open-mindedness, the use of varied resources, referencing and time management.
Ahhyun was elected as Head Girl and Chair of the Student Council. As Chair, she critically appraised solutions to problems raised in the Student Council meetings, and worked with the senior leadership team to implement them.
Having studied in a British International School in China for the past 10 years, makes Ahhyun the ideal international student. There are no limits as to what we believe she will achieve in her future studies at the Imperial College of London, and our confidence in her inevitable exceptional career in Science.