Environmental Protection

Dow Honors Winners of Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge

The Dow Chemical Company recently recognized the winners of its second annual Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge program at a ceremony at Tufts University in Boston, Mass.

Forty-one winning students from partner universities around the world were recognized for their innovation and commitment to providing sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social, economic, and environmental problems.

“Sustainable solutions are not just a driver of business and innovation, they are the key to solving the world’s most pressing challenges,” said Neil Hawkins, Dow’s vice president of Sustainability and Environment, Health and Safety. “I speak for everyone at Dow when I say how proud we are to recognize the innovative thinking and collaboration showcased among a new generation of scientists and leaders collectively working toward a more sustainable future.”

Award winners were selected using a peer review process by the participating universities with guidance from high-level criteria provided by Dow. Examples of projects recognized include:

  • Application of organic photoelectric materials in the field of solar power generation and energy conservation
  • A synthetic route to developing polyethylene terephthalate, used in products ranging from beverage containers to synthetic fibers, currently produced from crude oil
  • An exploration of the biotechnological aspects of the interaction between bacteria and sugarcane

The winners include Antoine Aubeneau, Phillip Brunner, Jennifer Drummond, Jonathan Lamano, Joseph Park, Jonathan Servaites, Junzi Shi and Shiyuan Zhou – Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill.;

Zhaomin Dong, Ting Lei, Zitao Wang, Shimin Wu, Xiaoqin Wu, Kun Zhang, Shaoguang Zhang and Yan Zhou – Peking University, Beijing, China; Amanda Beal, Georgia Kayser, Karen Claire Kosinski and Ellen Tyler – Tufts University, Medford, Mass.;

Paul Borokhov, Cindy Chen, Matt Evans, Evan Haigler, Laura Schewel, Mika Shiramizu and Gopal Vaswani – University of California, Berkeley, Calif.;. Jamie Anderson, Cise Unluer and Max Wigley – University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK;

Paul Davis, Colm Fay, Cynthia Koenig, Robert Levine, Jennifer McLaughlin, Christopher Mueller, Prashanth Prasad and Imogen Taylor – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Rosangela Calado da Costa, Maria Carolina Quecine and Marcela da Silva Costa – University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

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