Chowdhry Excels

1,3,7-trimethylpurine-2,6-dione. Better known as caffeine.

Congratulations to Simran Chowdhry (LI U6) on gaining a letter of commendation from Professor Arunachalam Ramanan at the Department of Chemistry of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, – one of India’s foremost Universities.

Having convinced Prof. Ramanan, who heads a crystal engineering group at the Institute, to take the unusual step of allowing a Sixth Former to undertake research with his graduate students over the summer break, Simran carried out five weeks of novel experimental and analytical work, documenting her findings in a paper entitled ‘The Effect of Varying Conditions on the Crystal Growth of 1,3,7-trimethylpurine-2,6-dione’.

Professor Ramanan writes: “Simran approached me and explained her interest in Chemistry and her dream to pursue research in the UK. Simran struck me with her unbelievable energy and enthusiasm. She has excelled far above expectation.”

Simran’s paper, which runs to 56 pages, would compare well with many final year undergraduate dissertations. She leaves her work at the Indian Institute of Technology with a valuable insight into modern chemical research and, perhaps more importantly, has shown that you should never allow yourself to be limited by age, nor supposed lack of experience, if you have a real passion for something.

There are no glass ceilings above (I)GCSE or Sixth Form studies. You are limited only by your own imagination and ambition.

Garry Doyle
Head of Science

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