Stockholm International Water Institute

Stockholm Junior Water Prize Winners Discover Method for Biodegradation of Plastic


Canadian teenagers’ project chosen first of entries from 30 countries - WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the most prestigious international student award for water-related research sponsored globally by ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT), was awarded to teenagers Alexandre Allard and Danny Luong of Canada yesterday at the World Water Week in Stockholm. Allard and Luong’s research, which focused on the biodegradation of plastic Polystyrene, demonstrated a novel approach to break-down harmful plastics in water using micro-organisms and enzymes that are cost effective and readily available.

Allard and Luong receive a $5,000 award and an expense-paid trip to New Orleans, Louisiana, in October, to present their findings at the World Environment Federation annual conference, the largest water quality and technology event in North America.

The jury also awarded Diplomas of Excellence to Yingxin Li, Zhaonan Yang and Wanling Chen from China for their project on critical water quality-related problems including fertilizer loss, recycling of waste and the improvement of soil fertility.

“We are very proud of Alexandre and Danny fortheir outstanding research, which demonstrates the imagination and rigor necessary to address the world’s critical water challenges,” said Gretchen McClain, ITT’s senior vice president and president of its Fluid and Motion Control group. “Their project is another example of how important it is to engage the brightest young minds, recognize them through competitions like the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, and to marshal their commitment as the next generation of water leaders.”

“Expanded Polystyrine (EPS) is a great threat to the environment since it contributes to the spread of toxins such as styrene and bisphenol A into our waters. We hope that our method will be widely used and consequently increase the water quality in the world,” said the winners after receiving the prize.

The international Stockholm Junior Water Prize is presented each year to high-school age students for outstanding water-related projects that focus on topics of environmental, scientific, social or technological importance. Winners from more than 30 national competitions competed for the international honor, which was awarded by an international jury of water professionals and scientists. The prize is administered by the Stockholm International Water Institute.

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