Award for Mayfield science student

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A student from a Mayfield school is celebrating after being presented with a Gold Crest Award at the University of Brighton for research she completed during a placement.

Charlotte Wright, a Year 13 student at St Leonards-Mayfield School, is celebrating after being presented with a Gold CREST Award at the University of Brighton on Friday November 30.

Charlotte, who lives in Wadhurst, received the prestigious award from the British Science Association for research she did during a placement at De Montfort University during the summer holidays.

She was researching the removal of organic compounds from wastewater using hydrogen peroxide.

“It might not sound very glamorous, working with wastewater, but residual pollutants in treated water can cause problems in the environment, so it was great to be working on such a real and current issue,” she said.

During the three week placement, Charlotte spent more than 90 hours in the university chemistry laboratories, overseeing dozens of experiments using sophisticated equipment, analysing the results, investigating any anomalies, and finally writing up a lengthy report and said it gave her a ‘real insight’.