Han Jie (Austin) Wang of Vancouver, Canada, was named recipient of the first place Gordon E. Moore Award at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest high school science research competition that was held recently in Phoenix. The honor from Intel and the Society for Science & the Public also included a $75,000 prize.
To earn the top award, Wang identified specific genes in genetically enhanced E. coli bacteria that enabled them to generate power efficiently. His system can produce significantly more power than existing microbial fuel cell (MFC) processes at a cost that is competitive with solar energy, which he believes will make MFCs commercially viable.
The 2016 fair featured more than 1,700 young scientists selected from 419 affiliate fairs in 77 countries, regions and territories. The Arizona Technology Council was one of more than 30 organizations supporting the event.