On 8 November, Dr Dyllon Randall, an alumnus from the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCT, won 3rd place at the Falling Walls Lab competition which was held in Berlin. 100 young scientists, young entrepreneurs and innovators from 34 countries had three minutes to present their research projects, ideas and initiatives concerning social challenges and the big issues of the future.
Dr Randall presented a profit making opportunity for wastewater treatment. The title of his talk was "Breaking the wall of wastewater using Eutectic Freeze Crystallization". Valuable resources can be recovered from wastewater using Randall’s technology, thus also reducing the environmental impact of this "waste".
Left to right: Dr. Martin Sonnenschein, Managing Director Central Europe at A.T. Kearney, Dr Randall, 3rd Place Winner at the 2014 Falling Walls Lab finale and Professor Carl-Henrik Heldin, Chairman of the Nobel Foundation
As one of the three winners, Dr Randall presented his talk at the Falling Walls Conference in front of around 600 guests as the “Falling Walls Young Innovators of 2014”. The winners were selected by a high-calibre international jury from academia and industry under the direction of Professor Carl Henrik Heldin, Chairman of the Nobel Foundation, and Dr. Martin Sonnenschein, Managing Director Central Europe at A.T. Kearney.
Randall graduated from UCT with his PhD in 2010 and worked as a Research Officer in the Department of Chemical Engineering before joining Aurecon - a global consulting company.
Randall said, "Participating in the Falling Walls Lab competition was an amazing opportunity to meet like-minded people who also want to make a difference when it comes to some of the most pressing issues facing society."
The Department of Chemical Engineering is part of the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.