Priyanka Sharma, a research scientist in the laboratory group of Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Benjamin Hsiao, has been awarded the 2020 Young Academic Inventor’s Award from the National Academy of Inventors, Stony Brook Chapter (NAI-SBU) for her inventions leading to the development of nitro-oxidation method to extract nanocellulose from raw biomass, which drastically decreases the consumption of energy, chemicals and water. She presented a short lecture of her invention at the Young Academic Inventor’s Award Symposium via Zoom on May 20, 2020. She will be honored with a certificate and $1,000 check at a ceremony in the fall.
The NAI-SBU was established in 2016 to recognize innovation and invention. Membership includes a track record of academic innovation including inventorship with at least one issued patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Members should enhance the visibility of university technology and academic innovation; encourage the disclosure of intellectual property; educate and mentor innovative students; and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. Inventors truly should be recognized for their imagination and accomplishments and called upon to share their special translational talents within the university and the wider community.
The NAI-SBU Chapter established the Young Academic Inventor’s Award in 2017 to encourage younger inventors. The candidates are carefully evaluated in several stages by a panel of reviewers from the NAI-SBU Executive Committee.
For further details, visit the NAI website.