Which Team wins the German future?


Three Teams are nominated for the German future prize in 2019. The victory physicians struggle in the fight against cancer, a chemist with sustainable plastics, and computer scientists to help with analysis software company.

The Jury of the German future prize has selected on Wednesday in the German Museum in Munich, the three Teams nominated for this year. The race of the inventor, have improved the imaging of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a chemist, who managed to bring plastics from CO2 on the market, and computer scientist, whose Software company helps you to optimize your processes. And have invented the three Teams:

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Polyols a base for a variety of plastics and adhesives.

Team 1: plastics from carbon dioxide

Christoph Gürtler and Berit rod are a chemist at Covestro in Leverkusen, Germany. Together with Walter Leitner, Professor of chemistry at the RWTH Aachen University, have you provided proof that the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) as a raw material for the production of plastics use.

With a pilot plant, which produces in the adjacent Dormagen since 2016, were able to show the inventors that plastics from CO2 in the industrial-scale manufacture, and thus are marketable.

The basis of the new technology, tailor-made catalysts, with which the CO2 combines in combination with Epoxides under very low energy costs to polyols. Polyols, the starting substance for a variety of other art materials – such as polyurethane. These plastics can, in turn, processed in several ways: foams or hard foams as well as adhesives, and textile fibers. The proportion of CO2 in the plastics makes up to 20 percent.

Team 2: the analysis software for company

This Team is a true Startup company. The graduates of the Technical University of Munich Alexander Rinke, Martin Klenk and Bastian nomina cher founded the company Celonis SE. Their idea is that businesses should operate with the help of a Software “Process Mining”.

This means that The Software analyzes different types of processes in the company and represents them in graphs. Even complex and interrelated processes should be able to recognize and understand. Then the Software gives independent recommendations on what you can improve.

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The analysis software uses artificial intelligence to understand the company.

The Software to fix the problems, the solutions were for previous process analysis-Software-typical. So far, the Software had to be always specific to the company and its IT environment.

New: Process Mining looks at the result logs from diverse IT applications and detects and then, through machine Learning, possible relationships and dependencies and represents them in a web-based Form as a graphic. The programmer does not have to teach the Software so only consuming what you should look for.

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Team 3: Better Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Christina Triantafyllou, Siemens health engineers in Erlangen, Arndt Dörfler, Neuro-radiologist at the University hospital, and Mark E. Ladd of the radiology Department of the cancer research center, Heidelberg, have invented a new type of Ultra-high-field MRI.

The Ultra-high-field MRI makes even the smallest of tissue changes visible.

Unlike conventional computer tomography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) use radiation no x-ray, and are therefore, from a medical point of view, pretty harmless. MRTs provide detailed and contrast-rich images with which such tissue changes at an early stage.

However, to Detect certain changes in the nervous system, such as occur for example in dementia, epilepsy or Multiple sclerosis, was not enough for the current resolution of MRI.

The three inventors have amplified the magnetic field of the MRI, therefore, from three to seven Tesla. Thereby, it is possible protons in the tissue to stimulate radio-frequency pulses such that the tissue structures are not visible that were there before.

Although such Ultra-high-field MRI earlier, but they were so huge and expensive that they were only for basic research purposes. The three inventors have made the technology is now also available for hospitals. Since 2017, the device is approved for medical use.

The three for the German future prize nominated Teams must be patient still: The winning team will be the Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier on 27. November in Berlin, as well as give.

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    Author: Fabian Schmidt