The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) brings glory to Hong Kong again by winning two “Global Innovation Awards” at TechConnect World Conference and Expo 2018 staged in the United States. It is the second year in a row that PolyU research teams snatch the accolades in the world’s largest multi-sector summit for accelerating development and commercialization of innovations.
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Dr Terence LAU, Director of Innovation and Technology Development of PolyU, said the awards received over two years are “recognition of the efforts, dedication and achievements of our research faculty members”. “The University will continue to push the frontiers of innovation by nurturing a culture inducive to high impact multi-disciplinary projects. Our research endeavours will continue to contribute to our society and mankind.”
TechConnect grants awards to the top 15% of innovations submitted, with assessment based on the potential positive impact the submitted technology will have on a specific industry sector. Around 500 submissions from about 180 organisations were received this year. Among them, 25 are presented with global awards designated for non-US-federal-funded innovations across the world. Another 55 national awards are granted to innovations with US federal funding. The award receivers include many global-renowned institutions and premier research centres, such as Stanford University, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), Argonne National Laboratory, IBM Research, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Naval Research Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, etc.
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The PolyU delegation received the awards in person at the TechConnect World Conference and Expo 2018 held in Anaheim, California. At the 20th-anniversary event held from 13 to 16 May, PolyU showcased a total of 15 innovations to numerous members from the industry, government and academia sectors around the world. Besides attending various exchange sessions PolyU delegates also explored product development and cooperation opportunities with various industry end-users, multinational companies and academic institutions to strive for applying the innovations for bringing greater impacts to the world.
Two PolyU innovations scooped the Global Innovation Awards at the TechConnect World Conference and Expo 2018. In previous year, PolyU won three TechConnect Global Innovation Awards and we were the first and the only university awardee from Hong Kong.
TechConnect Innovation Awards identify the top 15% of submitted technologies as ranked by the TechConnect Corporate and Investment Partner Committee. Innovation rankings are based on the potential positive impact the submitted technology will have on a specific industry sector. Innovations are submitted from global academic technology transfer offices, early-stage companies, small business innovative research awardees, and government and corporate research laboratories. This year, around 500 submissions from about 180 organisations were received.
The PolyU delegation received the awards at the TechConnect World Conference and Expo 2018 held in Anaheim, California. PolyU showcased 15 innovations to various members from the industry, government and academia sectors around the world. PolyU delegates also explored product development and cooperation opportunities with executives from Fortune Listed top multinational corporations.
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These composite multilayers capacitors with colossal permittivity could simultaneously achieve large dielectric constant, negligible dielectric loss and high energy density. When compared to conventional batteries, a lot of energy can be stored without leaking out and being wasted easily. The materials used for producing the capacitors are environment-friendly, non-toxic and abundant. The development process is relatively simple and can be mass produced at a low cost.
Fabrics made from cellulosic fibres, such as cotton and linen, will burn easily with a high flame velocity. A co-catalyst is used in this invention to effectively enhance flame retardant treatment and minimise its side effects. The finishing formulation can be applied to cotton fabric by conventional pad-dry-cure finishing techniques that can save time and reduce the cost.
The novel scalable personalized thermal-comfort platform developed by PolyU researchers can automatically adjust the temperature to a level comfortable for occupants (individuals or groups) based on estimations deprived from their daily operations. The model can help improve thermal comfort, and greatly save energy consumption and expenses.
The novel bio-inspired nonlinear anti-vibration system can significantly reduce vibration in various mechanic systems. The innovation far excels existing devices in cost-efficiency and performance reliability, and can have very wide applications.
The highly cost-efficient coating can be widely used in building glass curtains (including shopping malls, offices), smart homes, aircrafts, etc. It is developed mainly with nanoscale TiO2 and Cesium Tungsten Bronze mixture particles. The two materials are synthesized respectively by low-cost hydrothermal method and high-temperature calcination technique.
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