During this Winners Session on the Top 10 breakthroughs in the Emerging Talents category, students, researchers, and early-career professionals present their solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time. From a fast and affordable medical device that improves neonatal health disparity to data storage revolutions, and from a novel waste-to-fuel process that combats energy insecurity in Africa to an examination into the use of phages in treating antibiotic-resistant infections, these up-and-coming innovators are leading the way to a better future by developing new technologies. Jury Chair Claudie Haigneré, astronaut and former French Minister of Research and New Technologies, is convinced: “We’ve been immersed in exciting high-level research in which young people have been committed, passionate, responsible and confident in finding innovative solutions to local and global problems.”

 

We are delighted to announce the ten winners in the category Emerging Talents:

MARIE-CLAUDE BAY – EIDGENÖSSISCHE MATERIALPRÜFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT, DÜBENDORF

Breaking the Wall of Fast Charging
A patented heat treatment gives way to a charging speed 10 times faster than that of lithium-ion batteries.

MICAELA BELMONTE – NATIONAL TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY OF ARGENTINA

Breaking the Wall of Safe Water Access
A low-cost and easy-to-operate filter poses a solution for removing arsenic and other pollutants, that populate the groundwater of over 200 million people, according to WHO.

TANMAY DUTTA – EIDGENÖSSISCHE MATERIALPRÜFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT, DÜBENDORF

Breaking the Wall of Data Latency and Loss
Dutta brings together topologically stable nano-skyrmions and fast dynamics of ferrimagnetic materials to break out of the trilemma wall.

JONAS K.H. FISCHER – UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO

Breaking the Wall of Energy-Efficient Data Storage
Explores the discovery and improvement of “magnetoelectric” materials which might power the next generation of computers, phones and hitherto unthought-of new devices.

MUTEMBEI KARIUKI – FASTAGGER, NAIROBI

Breaking the Wall of Democratizing Artificial Intelligence
Mutembei Kariuki develops AI that will aid companies in establishing solar infrastructure projects and agriculture, simultaneously tackling the democratisation of AI and youth unemployment in Africa.

HUMBERTO MARTÍNEZ BARRÓN – NERIT’E, MEXICO CITY

Breaking the Wall of Unsustainable Agriculture
Martínez Barrón has developed a low-cost infrared spectral analyser that determines the nutrients present in the soil, optimising fertiliser allocation, increasing yield and improving sustainable agriculture.

KHALIL MOUSSI – KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, THUWAL

Breaking the Wall of Coronary Artery Disease
Moussi has designed a catheter delivery system with integrated microneedles, enabling localised delivery of therapeutics into targeted blood vessel walls, optimising the treatment for the deadliest disease in the world.

AMIT RIMON – THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Breaking the Wall of Antibiotic Resistant Infections
With antibiotic resistance on the rise, Rimon examines the use of phages in treating unresponsive patients.

SHAWANA TABASSUM – UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT TYLER

Breaking the Wall of Neonatal Health Disparity
Tabassum’s device allows for the measurement of biomarker levels within just 10 minutes, providing a solution for the potentially fatal delay in diagnosis and treatment of infants.

CHELSEA TUCKER – UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

Breaking the Wall of Energy Insecurity in Africa
Recipient of the LOREAL/UNESCO Women in Science Award in 2019, Tucker has developed a novel waste-to-fuel process to produce diesel and electricity for modular, off-grid applications in a Sub-Saharan African context.

Micaela Belmonte

National Technological University

Micaela Belmonte is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is 22 years old and is currently studying chemical engineering at Universidad Tecnologica Nacional, where she also teaches and researches. She is concerned about environmental issues and thinks that we have to be more conscious about this wonderful planet and take care of it. Thinking about solutions that could help other people is one of the most important things for Micaela.

Tanmay Dutta

Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt

Tanmay Dutta is a researcher by profession, engineer by training and curious by nature. He is passionate about finding innovative technology to create impactful sustainable solutions for future information storage. Currently, Tanmay is a Marie Curie postdoctoral research fellow at EMPA in Switzerland, working on making ultra-small, stable and fast skyrmionic memory for future data storage solutions. He completed his Ph. D. from the national University of Singapore, solving pertinent problems in BPM and HAMR technologies for hard disk drives (HDDs), pushing the data density beyond 5Tb/in2.

Mutembei Kariuki

Fastagger

Mutembei Kariuki is Co-Founder of Fastagger. Mutembei has been interested in technology, entrepreneurship and leadership development and worked with the organisation in Kenya, Austria, India, and Japan. He has been involved in social entrepreneurship through AIESEC and worked in Brazil, India and The Philippines to support social enterprises with Potencia Ventures. His passion for Technology then lead him to Japan where he was part of the transfer of hazardous waste treatment technology to Kenya by building a partnership between Japanese companies, the Kenya and Japanese governments. He also spent this time learning about emerging technologies such as the Internet of things and 3D printing that he believes will radically improve the quality of life for humanity.

Shawana Tabassum

University of Texas at Tyler

Dr. Shawana Tabassum joined as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at UT Tyler in Fall 2020. She completed her postdoctoral training from Iowa State University (ISU), Ames, Iowa, in 2020, and obtained her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from ISU in 2018. She earned her B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2014. Her research is focused on sensors, micro/nano-optics, microfluidic devices, and their applications in healthcare and biomedicine.

Chelsea Tucker

University of Cape Town

Chelsea Tucker is a doctoral researcher at the Catalysis Institute, at the University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on the development of a novel process and catalyst for a modular biogas-to-diesel process that is off-grid and robust for a Sub-Saharan African context. Currently, Chelsea is the research coordinator for the BRICS Waste-to-Fuel project which includes researchers from South Africa, India and Brazil. Also Chelsea Tucker is a L’Oreal for Women in Science Awardee and has a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Scholar and is an Allan Gray Orbis Fellow.

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