Polymer researcher rewarded in the Kanthal® Student Award

We’re excited to present the first Kanthal® Student Award winner: Lewis Print, Polymer Researcher at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. By introducing a new element and modifying the existing bonding process, his solution has great potential to improve the design and production of Silicon Carbide heating elements.

IMG_0517.jpgKanthal is a world leading manufacturer of silicon carbide (SiC) heating elements, Globar®, used in applications up to 1,600°C (2,910°F). One of the challenges when producing them is the bonding of the cold and hot zones. By introducing an alternative resin system and modifying the bonding process, Lewis has developed a new technology that provides higher strength of the bonds and replaces the existing chemicals with a safe, reliable and repeatable bonding process.

For an innovative solution, combining new insights with a change in the existing bonding process and thereby improving safety and efficiency to an industrial problem in the field of electric heating

The jury’s motivation: “For an innovative solution, combining new insights with a change in the existing bonding process and thereby improving safety and efficiency to an industrial problem in the field of electric heating.”

Lewis will receive his prize and acknowledgement at the Kanthal® Award Ceremony that is being held on October 24 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Kanthal® Award

The Kanthal® Award is a competition that celebrates innovations related to new solutions in Sustainability, Quality of Life and the field of Energy Efficiency. We believe in the power of sharing experiences, knowledge and ideas, evolving them, and introducing them to the marketplace. All with one common purpose – to make a sustainable world for coming generations. New for the year is the Kanthal® Student Award, open to students at a post-graduate education globally.