Singapore Teenager wins big at Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award
Shannon Lee Xinjing of National Junior College has fended off competition from round the world to emerge one of the top winners of the Intel Science and Engineering Fair, held in Los Angeles.
She discovered that an inexpensive, environmentally-friendly material derived from eggplant can be used as an electrode in some types of batteries.
Those batteries currently use an electrode made from a costly combination of platinum and carbon.
Her efforts won her the prestigious US$50,000 Young Scientist Award, which is only awarded to two finalists.
She also won another US$8,000 in cash prizes for the Intel Best of Category Award and the First Award in the category of Energy and Transportation.
Other representatives in the Singapore team achieved outstanding results as well for their individual and team projects.
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