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Taiwan wins at International Nanotechnology Olympiad in Tehran

2018/05/09 21:12:50

Photo courtesy of National Cheng Kung University

Taipei, May 9 (CNA) Taiwan emerged victorious at the first International Nanotechnology Olympiad (INO) in Tehran in April, winning the best overall project prize for its nanotechnology solution to near-zero liquid discharge, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) said in a press statement Wednesday.

Nearly a month after the April 10-15 competition in the Iranian capital, NCKU recognized its students, as well as those from National Taiwan University, who made up the team representing Taiwan.

The team competed against teams from many countries around the world, including Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Malaysia and Russia, and came out with the best total score in the three aspects of novelty, business and science/technology, the statement noted.

According to the INO website, the Taiwanese team won 3,000 euros for their idea on "Nature-inspired Omniphobic Membranes and Photocatalysts Design Toward a Near-Zero Liquid Discharge," which uses nanotechnology to address problems related to this year's theme of water and the environment.

Meanwhile, the South Korean team won 2,000 euros in the novelty aspect, the Iranian team won 2,000 euros in business, and the Malaysian team won 2,000 euros in science/technology, according to the website.

The INO is a competition for university students to propose nanotechnology solutions to address global challenges.

(By Chang Jung-hsiang and Kuan-lin Liu)