EventsEUCYS - Nov 08, 2012

EUCYS 2011 special issue of EJYSE is out

A year ago, some of the brightest young minds in Europe gathered to Helsinki to present their science projects and compete in European Union Contest for Young Scientists. Today, European Journal for Young Scientists and Engineers with scientific articles based on some of these projects is available online.

Pius Theiler’s innovation clings on protuberances like a hand. Photo: Sakari Tolppanen.

Pius Theiler from Switzerland shared the main prize of EUCYS 2011 with two other contestants. He had designed a novel, highly innovative device for rock climbers like himself. The strong but light device, π Cam is the first reliable camming device that can be attached to rock protuberances.

Pius Theiler’s article: π Cam: The development of a camming device for climbing can be read in the first issue of EJYSE.

Jarkko Etula was the Finnish representative at EUCYS 2011. He won the Year of Chemistry Prize with his project on dye-sensitized solar cells also know as Grätzel cells according to their developer Michael Grätzel.

Jarkko Etula at EUCYS 2011. Photo: Janne Salo.

He had noticed that anthocyanins that are possible dye-sensitizers were also used as pigments in Finnish Moomin soft drink.

“After searching for more information on anthocyanins, I ended up comparing Finnish berries as dye-sensitizers regarding their anthocyanin composition,” Jarkko explains.

Jarkko Etula’s article: Comparison of three Finnish berries as sensitizers in a dye-sensitized solar cell can also be read in EJYSE.

The other articles published in the first issue are: Antileaks: A device for detection and discontinuation of leakages in domestic water supply systems and Defence of garlic (Allium sativum L.) against heavy metals and herbivory.

European Journal for Young Scientists and Engineers (EJYSE) is a new biannual international peer review scientific journal dedicated to original research done by young researchers aged 14 to 21. The journal publishes research on wide range of science and technology related disciplines.

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Elisa Lautala works as web editor for University of Helsinki's Faculty of Science. Elisa likes all kinds of cultural events, good books, warm weather, and aqua-jogging.