The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) has selected the winners of its 2012 Materials Research Poster Competition.
The competition is aimed at promoting innovative product development from a material structures design perspective, with submissions being invited from both graduate and undergraduate students.
This year, the three themes/categories for the challenge were: Industrial/technical/sports materials; Medical/biomedical/protective materials and devices; and Functional/smart/nano materials.
The winners of the categories are:
1st Place – Noise/Sound Reduction Boards for Student Housing by Courtney Milliner, Joshua Cole, Elizabeth Brannon and Hannah Mangum of North Carolina State University
2nd Place – Comparative Study for a Preventative Turf Toe Cleat by Brittainy Krohn and Ugur Kolunsag of Philadelphia University
Medical/biomedical/protective materials and devices
1st Place – Anterior Cruciate Ligament Regenerative Device by Cameron Carter, Grace Ridge, Justin Myers and Brittany Knox of North Carolina State University
2nd Place – Water Stable Plant Protein Film from Camelina for Tissue Engineering by Yi Zhao and Qiuran Jiang of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1st Place – Nanowire-Structured Based Hybrid Cell for Harvesting Solar and Mechanical Energies by Chen Xu of Georgia Institute of Technology
2nd Place – Effects of Long-term Chemical Treatment on the Electrical Resistance of Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) on Textiles by Christopher DiFranco and Jinlin Cai of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
All the winning entries will receive cash awards of $1,000 for first place and $500 for second place in each category. The winners will also receive complimentary student registration(s) for the 2013 AATCC International Conference.
According to the AATCC, this year the contest received a record number of entries, and all were evaluated on concept originality and research quality, clarity, plus results/discussions/conclusions.
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