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Two Greenwich Students' Inventions Win Prizes

GREENWICH, Conn. – Two Greenwich High students earned awards this month for science research projects and are in the running for grants to bring their inventions to market.

Ryota Ishizuka was honored for his flexible solar cells, Will Hallisley for an innovative portable water filtration device. Both students delivered 12-minute presentations on their projects to over 300 participants at science symposiums. They were among 12 students to receive oral “presentorships” given each year to Connecticut students.

Ishizuka won first place at the Connecticut Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and at the Connecticut Science Fair. His project was titled “An Organic Thin Film Transistor and Elastic Organic Solar Cell Based Electronic Skin for Biochemical and Tactile Sensing.” Ishizuka used his research to develop a flexible solar cell and artificial skin made of thin films. The flexible device can be used as a biosensor, robotic skin or to coat the top of a car or airplane wings, making them solar-powered. The technology replaces the need for flat, rigid solar cells.

Hallisley was runner-up for his project titled “Electrified Nanoscale Architecture in Mixed Matrix Membranes as a Means of Rapid Throughput Water Sterilization.” His portable filtration device uses carbon nanotubes, silver and felt textile to purify contaminated drinking water. More than 95 percent of bacteria is removed with a single filtration.

Ishizuka and Hallisley have been invited to a three-day symposium by a new Stamford-based think-tank, where they will be among 100 participants who pitch their inventions to investors. Ten of the presenters will be selected to receive $1 million to start a company to bring their ideas to market.

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