Winners of the HZDR Innovation Contest 2020
- 1. place (1500 €): Fluid dynamic air purifier
Prof. Uwe Hampel, Dr. Gregory Lecrivain
- 2. place (1000 €): Development of plastic-binding biomolecules for the detection and sorting of black plastics
Dr. Franziska Lederer, Dr. Nora Schönberger, Caroline Bobeth, Tina Kiesslich
- 3. place (500 €): IronEX - Selective removal of iron using an innovative plant design
Toni Helbig, Dr. Norman Kelly
The award winners were honoured by the Scientific Director of the HZDR, Prof. Dr. Sebastian M. Schmidt, at a digital award ceremony on 16 March 2021.
HZDR Innovation Award: Winners want to ensure virus-free indoor air
Turning a scientific idea into a marketable product - that is the goal of the HZDR Innovation Competition. On 16 March, the winners of 2020 were honoured at an online award ceremony. First place went to a research team from the Institute of Fluid Dynamics led by Prof. Uwe Hampel and Dr. Gregory Lecrivain. Their innovation: a novel disinfection device that binds aerosols in a disinfection liquid and thus cleans the room air of viruses and bacteria. The team received prize money of 1,500 euros for this achievement.
"Air purification is an exciting topic especially in corona times, but also beyond that, let's think of airborne allergens or hospital germs," says Uwe Hampel. "Because conventional systems are noisy and do not inactivate pathogens in their filters, we thought about how we could do it better. We are very pleased that we have now received recognition for our idea with the Innovation Award."
Second place (1,000 euros) went to the junior research group BioKollekt led by Dr. Franziska Lederer, which wants to apply innovative methods for the detection of plastics. Third place (500 euros) went to another recycling idea from the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF): Toni Helbig and Norman Kelly convinced the jury with a recycling system that is to be used in the extraction of iron. Beforehand, the three winning teams had examined their ideas on a workshop day for recycling potential, market situation and fields of application. Afterwards, they prevailed against the competition with their presentations. (Text: Insider Mai 2021, Till Bayer)