The Deutscher Zukunftspreis award: "Impressive developments – important challenges"
Business organisation, medical imaging, plastics production – three development teams nominated for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis (the German Federal President's award)
Press release of 11 September 2019
Munich. An innovative method for business organisation, highly efficient medical imaging and a promising technology that turns carbon dioxide into plastic: These are the contributions of the three finalists for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2019 award, endowed with 250,000 euros. Today, the nominated teams were presented at a press conference at the Deutsches Museum in Munich. “More effective business management, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, conservation of resources – the nomination of these three outstanding developments by the Deutscher Zukunftspreis also highlights three questions of great relevance for the future,” Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer, President of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, said. “The research and development achievements of the nominees are impressive and show once again how inventiveness and innovation can enrich our lives and strengthen our economy.”
The following teams are nominated for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2019, the Federal President's award for Innovation in Science and Technology:
Dr Christoph Gürtler, Dr Berit Stange (both of Covestro Deutschland AG, Leverkusen) as well as Professor Dr Walter Leitner (Chair of Technical Chemistry and Petrochemistry of the RWTH Aachen University) have developed a technology that uses carbon dioxide as a component for high-quality plastics. Climate-damaging carbon dioxide is being produced in huge quantities during combustion processes in power plants, factories and cars. Because the gas contains carbon just like petroleum, it can partially replace the carbon in producing plastics thanks to the new method – for example in the manufacture of mattresses, sports floors, textile fibres or insulating materials.
The Deutscher Zukunftspreis will be awarded by the Federal President on 27 November 2019 as part of an evening event, live streamed and broadcast on TV by ZDF.
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