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Science students win NWO competition

Science students win NWO competition

Photographer:Fotograaf: Akkermans, Spronck, Keshaniyan

MAASTRICHT. Three students from the Maastricht Science Programme won the NWO Top Sector Chemistry Student Competition last week. Onno Akkermans, Mitch Spronck and Pegah Keshaniyan went home with one thousand euro each. They created a bit with a built-in miniature sensor that detects awake bruxism. In layman’s terms: teeth gnashing during wakefulness. People themselves often don’t notice doing this. The sensor measures when the upper jaw makes contact with the lower jaw. On the basis of all this contact the mouthpiece reveals a pattern. The students received 27 thousand euro before the summer in order to build the bit.

“We are now going to apply for a new NWO grant,” says lecturer Bart van Grinsven, one of the students’ supervisors. “A so-called Demonstrator subsidy of up to 150 thousand euro, especially geared towards making a device suitable to market. Something that looks good and is comfortable to wear.”

In Top Sector Chemistry, Dutch companies, researchers and government work together on sustainable solutions using funds from the EU Horizon 2020 programme.

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