Dickson Adjei breaks the wall of mercury pollution at the Falling Walls Lab Ghana

The Falling Walls Lab Ghana was hosted by the DAAD Information Centre in Accra and the Goethe Institut Ghana with the support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany on 24 June 2016. 15 emerging researchers came together in Accra to present their ideas in front of a renowned jury. 

The winner of the Falling Walls Lab Ghana will travel to Berlin on 8 November 2016 and participate in the global Lab Finale which brings together all winners of international Labs. He will further receive a ticket for the Falling Walls Conference where world-class scientists present their current breakthrough research on 9 November 2016.

Meet the winner:

Dickson Adjei, Ghana, University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa - Breaking the Wall of Mercury Pollution: The Lantern Retort

Dickson's pitch focused on the danger of mercury pollution worldwide and the importance of recycling Hg using retort units and the disadvantages of the usually used retorts. His innovation is a lantern retort that has a faster distillation time, is robust and can withstand the small-scale mining terrain. It can complete distillation of Hg and is also easier and quicker to operate. 

Meet the jury:

Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, Dean of School of Languages, University of Ghana (UG)

Dr. Francis Boateng Agyenim, Dean of Graduate School, Ghana Technology University College (GTUC)

Michael Hörig, Head of Section - Development Cooperation: Partnership Programmes and Higher Education Management, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Prof. Mansah PrahDepartment of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Cape Coast (retired)

Prof. Felix Asante, Director, Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER)

Prof. Suzanne Buchele, Provost, Ashesi University

Dr. Rosina Kyerematen, Lecturer, Department of Animal Biology and Conservation Science, as well as Coordinator of the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Science (ARPPIS), University of Ghana 

Dr. Wazi Apoh, Lecturer, Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana

Dr. Emilia Oppong-BekoeLecturer, Department of Pharmaceutics and Microbiology, University Ghana

Stephen K. Armoo, Lecturer, Department of Engineering, University of Ghana 

Dickson Adjei won the Falling Walls Lab Ghana 2016

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