Theany To is carrying out his thesis in the glass engineering team of the Mechanics and Glass department at the Institute of Physics, Rennes. His research, according to the 180 second presentation which he gave with a note of humour, consists of breaking the materials prepared by fellow PhD students in the laboratory in order to measure their toughness. By doing so, he is able to guide researchers and industrialists towards the most effective materials based on this criteria.
Theany To arrived at Université de Rennes 1 in 2015 in the framework of a cooperation agreement signed in 2012 with the Institute of Technology, Cambodia. He quickly came to the attention of his current PhD director, professor Tanguy Rouxel, who had received a European Research Council advanced grant of almost 2 million euros, to be used over a period of 5 years, in 2013. This funding allowed him to recruit 4 PhD students and a post doctoral student, but as the latter proved difficult to find, Tanguy Rouxel decided to continue the recruitment process and gave Theany To, a particularly brilliant master's student, this opportunity.
Theany To's success at the inter-regional stage of the MT180 proves that, not only does he possess skills which enable him to explain his research to a non-specialist audience, but that he is also a promising young researcher!
Three minute thesis
Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the Three Minute Thesis competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills. PhD students must effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience, with the help of only one slide!
The concept was taken up in 2012 in Quebec by the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) who wanted to extend this project to all French speaking countries.