Researcher Kostya Ostrikov works with the tiniest of materials. However, the work which has resulted from this Ukrainian native from Australia has large implications. Thanks to his research, nanomaterials for solar cells, batteries and countless other technological applications can be manufactured at a lower cost, safely and more environmentally-friendly.
Due to the fact that his research focus in plasma nanotechnology opened up a completely new set of possibilities for energy production, Kostya Ostrikov received this year’s “Building Future Award” at the exhibition in Frankfurt.
“I feel very honored to receive this award,” said Ostrikov after the announcement. “The biggest challenge for us scientists is to help shape a sustainable future through multi-disciplinary scientific research, and finding solutions to problems which important are to mankind.”
In fact, Ostrikov’s research allows solar cells to be manufactured without the use of toxic gases and heavy metals for the first time. The nano-scientists on his team are also working on a new generation of solar cells which require less energy during industrial production.
The “Building Future Award” has been awarded for the two years, marking the opening of Light+Building, the world’s leading trade fair for light and building technology.
(Source: Tech Fever Network, Future Award goes to Nano-Researcher Kostya Ostrikov, 15 April 2012)