For the sixth time in succession, ZwickRoell Academia Day was the setting for the presentation of the 2014 ZwickRoell Science Awards. An international audience gathered at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich on June 2, 2015, to celebrate the achievements of this year’s winners of the prize for the most innovative use of a materials testing machine in a scientific context.
A first prize of 5,000 euros went this year to Markus Seidl of the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Innsbruck. His paper describes the special features of the phase diagram of water at very low temperatures and high pressure— an aggregate state that can be brought about by the use of liquid nitrogen and a ZwickRoell AllroundLine testing machine. The results of the research are interesting for all processes in which crystal nucleation and growth is a relevant component, ranging from areas of biology and environmental technology to food engineering and pharmaceutical engineering; for example how this knowledge can be used to extend the shelf life of medicines.
The jury, made up this year of representatives from the University of Bayreuth, the University of Bristol, and the ETH Zurich, awarded second and third places to German scientists. An additional third place went to a project from Spain. The winners also had the opportunity to present their work alongside notable professors as part of the Academia Day series of scientific lectures in front of an international audience of experts.
Photo (from left to right): Markus Seidl (1st prize), Alper Güner (3rd prize), Dr. Stefan Schmaltz (2nd prize), Dr. Rocío Muñoz Moreno (3rd prize)