Team Beads vs. Beats wins Holland Chemistry Student Competition 2018

Holland Chemistry Student Competition 2018 has been won by team Beads vs. Beats from Eindhoven University of Technology and Wageningen University & Research. Beads v. Beats have developed a new material for a better and more efficient insulation against low-frequency noise: a metafoam. Students Roel Borgers and Sophie van Lange from the winning team each received a cheque for 1,000 euros during chemistry conference CHAINS in Veldhoven. The Holland Chemistry Student Competition is made possible by NWO and Holland Chemistry. BASF sponsored the prize money this year.

Metafoams: a new and effective material for sound insulation

The students from team Beads vs. Beats have developed a new material for a better and more efficient insulation against low-frequency noise: a metafoam. This metafoam consists of a polymer foam with heavy beads in the pores. These beads can resonate in the pause which leads to the attenuation of the incoming sound waves.

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Robert Terörde from BASF awarded the prize and explained the jury's choice: 'The students from team Beads vs. Beats could explain their project and the results achieved extremely well. The jury was highly impressed by the combination of scientific and entrepreneurial ambition from the team members, who had already taken concrete steps to market this material as a product.’

In April, three teams were nominated from all of the submissions. During a research internship last summer they worked hard on finding a creative solution for a societal or industrial challenge. They presented their results in October to the jury.

In Holland Chemistry, Dutch companies, researchers and the government work together on green and sustainable solutions for the major societal challenges. Holland Chemistry also devotes a lot of attention to the development of talented students who will be able to accelerate innovation within chemistry.

Source: NWO