SA’s young women scientists prove they are out of this world

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SA’s young women scientists prove they are out of this world

FREE TO READ | Turning rubbish into power and chasing galaxies are among the projects to snap up awards

Senior science reporter

From rubbish in our own backyards to compressing data from galaxy clusters, seven young female scientists in SA were honoured this week for their contribution to a field that men still dominate.

One of the winners of the L’Oréal-Unesco Women in Science awards, Chelsea Tucker, is developing small-scale ways to turn rubbish into diesel and electricity for small rural towns.

The PhD candidate in the department of chemical engineering at the University of Cape Town told Times Select: “Sasol basically perfected the art of creating synthetic fuels using the Fischer-Tropsch process, in which coal and natural gas go in on the one side, and diesel, petrol or wax come out on the other end.”..

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