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Emily Xu

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James Allen's Girls' School

GSK UK Young Engineer of the Year 2018 - New Ways Of Separating Mirror Image Molecules

Emily Xu, aged 18, a senior student at James Allen’s Girls School has been awarded the GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year title at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition for her project “New Ways Of Separating Mirror Image Molecules” Emily’s project looked at new methods for separating different types of molecules that can be very difficult to distinguish, as they are mirror images of each other. This process could be very helpful in the pharmaceutical industry – in the case of ibuprofen, this could help make it more effective; in the case of thalidomide, this could have eliminated negative effects.