KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 (Bernama) — Izzat Fahimuddin Mohamed Suffian’s interest in photography has brought him luck when his entry was among the 20 winners of the ‘Wellcome Image Awards 2016’, an international-level photography competition held in London.
First held in 1997, the Wellcome Image Awards are organised every year to celebrate the best science-imaging talent and techniques from scientists, clinicians, photographers and artists.
Izzat Fahimuddin’s win is a boost to Malaysia’s image as the photographs will be displayed at several places in the United Kingdom and the United States, including at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
A doctorate student at King’s College London, Izzat Fahimuddin, 26, teamed up with three of his college friends — Kuo-Ching Mei, Houmam Kafa and Khuloud Al-Jalam — to produce an image of bacteria on graphene oxide.
It was his second Wellcome Image award, the first was in 2014.
According to Izzat Fahimuddin, it was difficult to produce the image as it required complex preparation with the use of sophisticated equipment to look at the bacteria particles.
“Usually it is hard to obtain an image of bacteria on top of a graphene sheet as it is only the size of an atom.
“However, it was our luck that we manage to capture the magnificent image,” he told Bernama when contacted recently.
He said he learned more on the technique of micro-photography when he did his degree studies in Chemistry and Science to research on cancer cells while at Kobe University in Japan.
“From then on, I become more interested in taking micro images,” he added.
Izzat Fahimuddin, who is from Gombak and a Public Service Department scholar, is now doing a research on Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery for his doctorate at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King’s College London.
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