MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year 2009

John Watt was awarded MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year at a ceremony in Auckland on Friday 27 August.

John's work has been focused on using palladium particles to remove toxic gases, including carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide, from dirty exhaust fumes emmitted by vehicles. The present process is 'horribly inefficient' and much more expensive than the method developed by John who is completing a PhD with Dr Richard Tilley.

His prize included $15,000 in cash, a trip to an international conference and the prestigious MacDiarmid medal.