10.02.2021

Young AGH UST researchers have won the “Student-Innovator” Competition


The names of winners of the 11th “Student -Innovator” Competition have just been announced. Filip Jędrzejek, MSc, Dominik Gryboś, MSc, and Maciej Borek, eng. all three representing the Faculty of Energy and Fuels won one of five equal awards for their invention designed to reduce PM concentration in smog that constitutes the inversion layer.

Filip Jędrzejek and Dominik Gryboś (both doctoral students) and Maciej Borek received the awards as the co-authors of the innovative method of reducing concentration of particulate matter in the atmosphere using impact wave generator, submitted for patent protection in August 2020. As members of a team of researchers composed of: Professor Jacek Leszczynski, Professor Barbara Kubica, Professor Wojciech Suwała, Professor Marcin Stobiński, Professor Katarzyna Szarłowicz, Janusz Zyśk, DSc they are contributors to both the technology and the patent application.

Thanks to winning the award, the students will be able to showcase their accomplishment during the International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva and the International Warsaw Invention Show.

The “Student-Inventor” Competition has been held since 2010 by Kielce University of Technology (PŚ) and is open to students, PhD candidates and graduates who in the course of studies created or co-created an invention, a utility model or an industrial design protected by exclusive right or submitted for protection with the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland or an intellectual property protection body in a foreign country.  

The 11th edition of the Competition attracted 139 designs developed by 272 creators and co-creators. This year’s entries were related to virtually all areas of technology, including machinery and equipment, materials, chemical and medical engineering as well as agricultural and environmental engineering, with a particular focus on solutions which not only mitigate the negative impact of human activity on the environment but directly address the need for improving the condition of the environment and ecology in general.  

Which is exactly what the awarded invention does and Poland’s local governments are already interested in the new technology. “When talking about poor air quality in Poland we usually think “Kraków” while in fact, polluted air is the problem that is affecting the entire country” – said Dominik Gryboś. “Further tests of the invention have been scheduled for the nearest future. We have recently stepped up our efforts following the award of funds under the Inkubator Innowacyjności 4.0 Scheme” – said Filip Jędrzejek.