The process for preparing catalysts for better and cheaper hydrogen fuel cells has been developed by Matija Gatalo and Tomaž Bizjak from the Chemical Institute and Groga Tancek from the Institute and the Academy of Multimedia.
As explained in the explanation at the University of Ljubljana, the use of hydrogen fuel cells will play an extremely important role in combating climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while Gatalo, Bizjak and Tancek have succeeded in improving the catalyst process play a key role in the conversion of hydrogen. and oxygen from air to electricity.
"Innovation is still an unknown process that allows the preparation of hydrogen fuel cell catalysts with exceptional properties as well as other types of catalysts and precious metal products," they wrote at the university, emphasizing that the economic potential of innovation has already been recognized.
The first prize in the traditional competition is EUR 3000, and today they won the second and third prizes, worth 2000 and 1000 euros.
Second prize was awarded to Martina Durcik, Tihomir Tomašič, Lucija Peterlin Mašič, Nace Zidar, Janez Ilaš, Anamarija Zega and Danijel Kikelj of the Pharmacy faculty for new antibacterial agents for the treatment of infections with resistant bacteria.
The third prize went to Primož Erjavec from the Faculty of Economics, Jana Forsthuber and Amadeus Tauses from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, and Marku Mikši, active at the Faculty of Economics and Medicine, for Carpio, an ergonomic base for wrists that the onset of disease prevents carpal canal.
In addition to the awards, there were five other innovations on the shortlist, including the development of new active substances for the treatment of depression and neurodegenerative diseases.
According to the rector of Igor Papič University, the success of the university has been "measured with new knowledge", with students and staff at the University of Ljubljana achieving enviable results both at home and abroad.
"With competition, the rector's prize for innovation is to contribute to the creation of excellence and quality at the University of Ljubljana, which has been one of the best universities in the world for many years," he added, adding that the winners were all finalists.