Meet the finalists
The European Inventor Award honours the individuals whose inventions impact our lives. Thanks to these pioneers, our world is becoming safer, smarter and more sustainable.
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Avelino Corma Canós is a Spanish chemistry professor celebrated for his work developing zeolites for use in industries such as oil refining to improve efficiency and reduce by-product waste.
Patricia de Rango, Daniel Fruchart, Albin Chaise, Michel Jehan and Nataliya Skryabina combined their expertise and interests to develop a method to store hydrogen more safely and sustainably with less energy.
Filipa de Sousa Rocha is a computer engineer and researcher on a mission to make digital learning more accessible to visually impaired children. Her ground-breaking work uses tangible objects to teach digital literacy through play, bringing a smile to the faces of young learners as they pick up skills such as computer programming.
Michiel Dusselier and Bert Sels, professors at KU Leuven, developed a cheaper and more bio-friendly method to produce bioplastics that will contribute to a circular economy.
Josef Faderl, Siegfried Kolnberger, Thomas Kurz and Andreas Sommer have developed a way to manufacture lighter galvanised steel car parts up to six times stronger than those made from conventional galvanised steel.
Twenty-two-year-old environmentalist Fionn Ferreira is tackling microplastics pollution with his magnet-based method, which extracts microplastics from water quickly, safely and without harm.
Together with his team, German professor Harald Haas invented LiFi – a mobile wireless technology that transmits data through light sources such as LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) rather than radio frequencies.
Antoine Hubert is a French biochemist noted for his work in creating sustainable by-products from insects. He led the team which has developed a new method of farming insects to produce food for plants, animals, pets and eventually humans.
Scientists Thorsteinn Loftsson and Einar Stefánsson have developed an eye drop that can deliver drugs to the back of the eye, replacing costly and invasive eye injections that are less accessible and require a medical professional to administer.
Thomas Oxley and Nicholas Opie invented the Stentrode, an implantable brain-computer interface (BCI) that enables patients living with paralysis to communicate through thought.
Rhona Togher and Eimear O’Carroll are Irish physicists who have developed a composite material to reduce noise. The material is thin, lightweight and cost-effective, making it suitable for applications ranging from aerospace to automotive.
Richard Turere developed Lion Lights, an automated system that deters lions from attacking livestock in enclosures. His invention prevents human-wildlife conflict and is helping to boost the lion population in Kenya.
Mechanical engineers Kripa Varanasi and David Smith led the team that has invented frictionless coatings that prevent viscous substances from sticking to their surfaces, maximising product use and eliminating waste.