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David Letter won the 1st place poster award at the TMS Annual Meeting in the Undergraduate category of the Biological Materials technical division. He will receive a $500 prize.

His poster, entitled “Kinetics of Phosphate Ion Cerium Oxide Nanoparticle Interaction and Effect on Redox Activity of Bare and Functionalized Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles,” was one of only a few honored out of hundreds of entries. David is a student in UCF’s Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering. His research advisor is Dr. Sudipta Seal.

The judges agreed that choosing the best student posters was challenging. “They were all very, very good,” said Garry Warren, 2011 TMS President and competition judge.

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) is an international professional organization that encompasses the entire range of materials and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production to basic research and the advanced applications of materials. The student poster contest is held each year at the TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in this dynamic and interactive event

This year’s event, held March 11-15 in Orlando, FL, was the 141st meeting. Materials science and engineering professionals hailing from more than 68 countries gathered at Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin Resort to network, present research, share industrial applications and introduce innovation.