And the Graphene Challenge Competition Winner Is ...

The winner, Nadia Ayad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, submitted the idea of using graphene for a filtration device and system for desalinization that would provide drinkable water to households.

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Sandvik Coromant's Graphene Challenge is a competition that ran from April to May 2016 and invited individuals from around the world to submit ideas for sustainable innovations made from graphene that would revolutionize the modern household.

The winner, Nadia Ayad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, submitted the idea of using graphene for a filtration device and system for desalinization that would provide drinkable water to households. Her idea would significantly reduce energy costs and strain on current water supplies by recycling water.

As part of her prize, Nadia, a bachelor student in materials engineering at the Military Institute of Engineering (Instituto Militar de Engenharia – IME) will be invited to Sandvik Coromant’s headquarters in Sandviken, Sweden, to meet with industry professionals and visit the Graphene Center at Chalmers University.

"I am absolutely thrilled to have been selected as the winner of the Graphene Challenge. I am really fascinated with the study and applications of advanced materials so the opportunity to travel to Sweden to meet with leading researchers is one that I am really looking forward to," says Ms. Ayad.

Nadia was chosen from 10 finalists by a distinguished panel of judges. The top ten submissions were evaluated based on innovation, feasibility and design.

The Graphene Challenge competition was launched as part of Sandvik Coromant’s Looking Ahead series, which focuses on future trends and business challenges in the manufacturing industry. The latest Looking Ahead film focused on “tomorrow’s materials” such as graphene. Graphene is one material that may completely revolutionize industrial design. The competition was a way for Sandvik Coromant to inspire the next generation of engineers by encouraging them to explore these new industry trends through their imagination and creativity.