6 jun 2019

Congratulations to researcher Yuemei Lin from Delft University of Technology, who has won the Zilveren Zandloper (Silver Hourglass) Innovation Award 2019 at the Dutch Biotechnology Congress last month.

Yuemei Lin of the Biotechnology research department has won the Zilveren Zandloper Innovation Award 2019. She was presented the award 'for her research efforts in adding value to waste products via the characterisation and application of microbial polymers produced in wastewater treatment plants.'

According to the jury, the research carried out by Yuemei Lin with her colleagues has yielded a broad spectrum of possibilities, some of which are already being commercialised. For example, it forms the basis for the production of Kaumera by the Dutch water boards, from sludge that is produced in the Nereda wastewater treatment process.

Yuemei Lin's research, for example, has led to the development of a non-combustible composite material that also has the potential to be used as insulation foam. On the basis of Kaumera, a material has also been developed that strongly resembles nacre (mother-of-pearl). But Kaumera not only yields high performance materials: it is also used to make jewellery, which shows that even something as unattractive as wastewater can lead to attractive products. Finally, Yuemei Lin's research forms the basis for the TU Delft start-up Slimy Green Stuff.

The Zilveren Zandlopers are awarded every two years to innovative biotechnological projects in the field of innovation and education. The prize was presented to Yuemei Lin during the Dutch Biotechnology Congress on 21 May 2019. The Zilveren Zandloper Education is awarded in the even years, the Zilveren Zandloper Innovation in the odd years. The prize consists of a statue and a sum of €2500.