The Indian PhD student Soumi Banerjee and MSc student Pieter Mulder have jointly won an incentive award from Akzo Nobel. They are devising an environment-friendly way of steaming clothes.
Kleijn is keeping quiet about the research results because of a possible patent application. The likelihood of industrial applications for the academic findings is partly the reason why the jury at Akzo Nobel has decided to honour the research work in Wageningen.
The price was awarded on 7 October on the occasion of the presentation of the prestigious Akzo Nobel Science Award, which went to Eindhoven researcher Bert Meijer this year.
This was the first time that the chemicals company organized an event too to recognize young researchers. Five candidates presented their research posters and gave lectures to scientists and company managers. Banerjee and Mulder were chosen as the best by the jury and received a certificate and a sum of a thousand euros.