Winners of the HZDR Innovation Contest 2018
- 1. place (1.500 €): Time-of-flight secondary-ion mass spectrometry in the helium microscope
Dr. Nico Klingner & Dr. René Heller
- 2. place (1.000 €): Si-based anodes for high-capacity lithium ion batteries
Dr. Charaf Cherkouk & Dr. Slawomir Prucnal
- 3. place (500 €): Smart sparger
Robert Herrmann-Heber, Ehsan Mohseni & Dr. Sebastian Reinecke
Innovative Ideas and Smoking Heads
On 11 and 13 September, 15 teams participated in the second HZDR Innovation Contest. For one day, each team of scientists could develop their technologies and ideas for the utilization of their research results with the help of a mentor.
In order to be convincing in their presentations, the teams did research on their competitors, identified the USP’s of their ideas or technologies, and conducted market analysis. Moreover, they worked out the chances of success and possible costs.
At the end of the workshop day, the scientists presented their ideas to a jury comprised of external technology transfer specialists. The teams had no more than seven minutes to convince the jury of their ideas.
The team of PhD Nico Klingner and PhD René Heller from the Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research presented the time-of-flight secondary-ion mass spectrometry in the helium microscope, taking the first place. The second place was awarded to Max Stöber, PhD Charaf Cherkouk and Slawomir Prucnal, also from the Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research. Their idea of si-based anodes for high-capacity lithium ion batteries convinced the jury. Robert Hermann-Heber, Ehsan Mohseni and Sebastian Reinecke from the Institute of Fluid Dynamics made it third to the winners’ rostrum with their smart sparger.
"I can only recommend the Innovation Contest to everyone with an idea of how their research results could be utilized. The support of the mentors is very helpful, and it is fun to develop your ideas further", emphasizes Nico Klingner. (CO/NK)