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AWI announces winners of Wool Science Awards

May '07
The winners of the Excellence in Wool Science awards were announced at the 76th Congress of the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) in Edinburgh, UK.

Created by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) in conjunction with the German Wool Research Institute (DWI), the awards aim to encourage work in wool science at universities and research centres around the world.

The AWI/DWI awards recognise students and post-doctoral fellows whose scientific research is of a creative or pioneering nature, with clear practical applications.

Students, trainees and young professionals from textile and fashion universities, academics and companies from around the world were invited to take part in the awards.

The Excellence in Wool Science awards were limited to students under the age of 30 for a Ph.D. student, and 35 for post-doctoral fellows.

Dr. Sally Hutchinson, from the CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology received the First Personal Award for her work in characterising and modifying the surface of wool and for further projects that may extend to the development of super white wool fabrics and wool wound covers that detect and display changes in microbial levels.

The Second Personal Award was won by Dr. Stefan Thomé for his work to prevent the Sick Building Syndrome. This syndrome describes situations where the occupants of a building experience acute health affects that appear linked to a building, but no specific cause can be identified. Dr. Thome's work demonstrated that wool is suitable for absorbing toxic air pollutants circulating in buildings, and opens up the possibilities for wool to be used extensively indoors.

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