The Asturian-based multinational, along with IDEPA, are to award 30,000 euros to five different research projects from the University of Oviedo based on nano-materials, graphene, additive manufacturing and sensors.
To support scientific research is to unfurl the future. At least this is how the Asturian-based multinational ArcelorMittal and the Economic Development Agency of the Principality of Asturias (IDEPA) both see it. In collaboration with the University of Oviedo they have decided to award the best researchers from the university with “Proof of Concept Premiums” to help them continue their work in Asturias in key fields for the industry, such as nano-materials, graphene, additive manufacturing and sensors.
What are Proof of Concept Premiums?
In March, IDEPA and the University of Oviedo signed a partnership agreement with the aim of driving forward research and innovation in certain scientific-technological areas that are of crucial interest for Asturias.
The result of this agreement, which was later joined by ArcelorMittal, are the “Proof of Concept Premiums”, a new public-private partnership instrument which aims to support innovation models in regional locomotive companies by giving them financial aid, thus helping researchers from the University of Oviedo to reinforce and/or continue their work in diverse and strategic fields for Asturias.
Each of the awarded projects receives 30,000 euros, co-funded 50% by ArcelorMittal and IDEPA.
ArcelorMittal and its support for research
The support offered by the multinational ArcelorMittal is a principle that the company has been incorporating for a number of years now into its Corporate Responsibility policies. One of the pivotal points of the company, which is present in Asturias (in Gijon and Aviles), is to undertake investment in order to boost scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical subjects in the sphere of education.
Achieving this objective for the internationally leading company in the metalworking and mining sectors, requires promoting research and talent among young people, who will eventually be the solution-providers of future challenges.
The prize winning projects
Mid-June, the ArcelorMittal Global Centre for Research and Development Campus was host to the final awards decision following the presentation of 13 projects that demonstrated scientific achievements before a jury featuring experts from the multinational, IDEPA, and the University of Oviedo. The prize winning projects were the following:
|Obtaining nano-particulated iron and ferrates from slag for its use in water treatment||Nano-materials||Mario Díaz Fernández|
|Electrostatic super nano-condensers with high capacitance and high power density, to store electrical energy cleanly and sustainably||Nano-materials||Víctor Manuel de la Prida Pidal|
|Optimisation of frequency convertors based on Terahertz broadband graphene using additive manufacturing techniques||Graphene and additive manufacturing||Samuel Ver Hoeye|
|Optimization Methodology for Additive Manufacturing – Proof of Concept [OMAM – PoC]||Additive manufacturing||David Blanco Fernández|
|Development and assessment of new luminescent sensors based on nano-particles to detect environmental toxins||Sensors||José Manuel Costa Fernández|