Awesome! Inventors from Southwest University Science and Technology Wins a Gold Medal at the 46th International Exhibition of Invention Geneva
2018-04-20

On April 15, there was good news from the 46th International Exhibition of Invention Geneva. The equipment for purification of oily waste water and recycling of spilled oil invited by the team from Southwest University of Science and Technology was recognized by the jury. The team won the Gold medal with special jury recognition. Southwest University of Science and Technology is the only university from Mainland China that has won the gold medal with special jury recognition in the 46th International Exhibition of Invention Geneva.

As one of the three biggest invention exhibitions in the world, the International Exhibition of Invention in Geneva was founded in 1973 and supported by the Swiss Federal Government and the World Intellectual Property Organization. It is one of invention exhibitions with the longest history, largest scale. It serves us an important platform for inventors all over the world and industry-university-research cooperation platform.

This year, the Chinese delegation consists of universities including Tsinghua University, Peking University, Zhejiang University, China University of Science and Technology, Nanjing University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Chinese University and other research institutes and enterprises. This is the first time that Southwest University of Science and Technology participated in the exhibition and it has achieved outstanding results. It presented the research results of the university and won honor for the Chinese delegation.

The inventor, Professor Li Guoqiang from the School of Manufacturing Science and Engineering of Southwest University of Science and Technology said that the equipment for purification of oily waste water and recycling of spilled oil was used to address the problems of low efficiency, high costs and possibility of secondary pollution. Therefore, a new type of equipment was invented based on micro/nano and precision manufacturing technology, which is more effective, cost-saving and environmentally friendly.

This equipment has the advantages of controllable preparation, low cost, easy operation without extra engines and has advantages in spilled oil treatment. This invention can be applied in various areas including industrial and domestic sewage disposal, drinking water purification, pesticide removal, and biomedicine, and will bring huge social and economic benefits in energy, environmental protection, and human.

The experts spoke highly of the invention and they said that it is an innovative and effective solution for environmental pollution management and environmental protection.

Li Keqiang currently serves as a professor at the school of Manufacturing and Engineering of Southwest University of Science and Technology, an expert from the 1000 Talent Plan in Sichuan province, leader of the micro/nano precision manufacturing research team. He organized or participated in projects from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, the Key R&D Programs of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the research and development of scientific equipment of the Chinese Academy Sciences, and the research projects from the Natural Science Foundation in Anhui Province. Professor Li is mainly engaged in the research of preparing a biomimetic structure resembling the micro-nanostructure and its application, microchip technology and smart micro-machinery and has published over 20 thesis paper on 3.0 impact factors on international academic journals. He was selected as the candidate for the excellent PhD thesis program and its PhD thesis was selected on the list of Top 100 Best PhD Thesis by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2016. His PhD thesis was published in English by Springer Nature Group in Springer Theses.