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Awards for Young Talent
September 30, 2013   
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A total of 114 inventions from 24 research centers from across Poland—ranging from innovative materials for use in hernia surgery, a double-sided USB port, a method to reduce fuel consumption in motor engines, and a method for impregnating fabrics—were submitted to this year’s Student Inventor competition held by the Kielce University of Technology in central Poland for the third time.

The jury handed out five equal first prizes.

Jędrzej Skrobot from the West Pomeranian University of Technology in the northwestern city of Szczecin walked away with an award for a series of inventions involving the so-called telechelic macromer and designed as future components of new injectable implants for soft tissue regeneration—to be used, for example, in hernia surgery.

Another prize winner, Adam Majczak from the Lublin University of Technology in the east of the country, was singled out for praise for developing a hydrogen-based system to make combustion more effective in piston-driven internal combustion engines. His method produces a hydroxide mixture that is expected to improve the efficiency of the combustion process in motor engines and significantly reduce the content of toxic substances in exhaust emissions.

Jędrzej Blaut, from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow, received an award for his double-sided A-type USB port, an invention thanks to which users will no longer have to wonder which way up a pen drive should be inserted into a USB port.

The competition judges also gave awards to Przemysław Makowski and Adam Twardowski from the ŁódĽ University of Technology, who have developed a method for the production of special textiles that do not get wet because they have a special superhydrophobic layer. These textiles not only stay dry in the rain, but the water rolls off them, picking up any dirt with it and thus making the textile cleaner than it was before. According to the researchers, materials with such properties are good news for producers and users of specialist clothing. But this technology is also an excellent choice for manufacturers of goods such as upholstery, tablecloths, textile shoes and many other items.

Bocian’s biodegradable nanocellulose dressing will ensure a sterile environment and reduce the risk of infection, especially after surgery, the judges said.

The competition winners took part in the International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva, Switzerland, in April. Their inventions won two gold and three silver medals there.

The Student Inventor competition judges also gave out five special mentions to young inventors who have developed antibacterial and antifungal materials; an assisted-flow evaporator using capillary and gravitational forces; a wind turbine rotor; an “immunosensor” that can detect the influenza virus; and a combined ECG and computed tomography analysis system.
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