Nicholas Kaun

Nicholas Kaun

Bachelor of Science (Technology) (Chemistry)

Faculty of Science and Engineering

With an excellent reputation for chemistry research, a relaxed campus, and a handful of scholarships on offer, former Saint John's College student Nicholas Kuan knew the University of Waikato was the right choice for him.

The opportunity to complete a summer research project after his first year of a BSc(Tech) has been a highlight for Nicholas, who says the new challenges he faced during the study meant he learnt a range of different chemistry techniques in a short period of time. Alongside experts in the field, his research project looked into the antibacterial properties of manuka honey.

The research investigated the limitations of a recently-published method for quantifying dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which is one of the components involved when determining the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) of a sample of honey.

"I have a real interest in food chemistry and hope to work towards a career in this industry. However, at the moment I'm focused on learning the fundamentals of chemistry, alongside papers in physics, biological sciences and calculus."

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