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.