Clean water for the win!

A patented innovation to detect and selectively remove heavy metals, such as mercury, from water has attracted a great deal of attention lately. Now, Chalmers Assistant Professor Björn Wickman and his colleagues at the startup Atium have won another prestigious award. On Friday 15 June 2018 they received the SKAPA award at the residency of the County Governor of Västra Götaland. The prize was distributed by the County Governor Anders Danielsson and the County Jury Chairman Andreas Albertsson, who also works as a business developer at GU Ventures.

The award is one of the country's finest innovation prizes, awarded every year since 1986. The regional winners also qualify for the national finals in Stockholm on 8 November.

Atium will also represent western Sweden in the National finals of Venture Cup​ in September. Last year Björn Wickman and the team - Emma Ericson, Johan Björkquist and Cristian Tunsu - also made it to the idea competition Swedish Venture Cup Top 20. The innovation has also been awarded by Almi företagspartner Väst and WaterCampus Business Challenge.

Atium’s concept is based on Björn Wickman's research at the Department of Physics at Chalmers.

Read the press release about the SKAPA award (in Swedish).

Published: Mon 18 Jun 2018.