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Germany's Robert Franke Wins International Stockholm Junior Water Prize - Berlin Student Presented Prestigious Water Award by Swedish Royalty -

    8/11/1998

        STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert Franke, a high school
    student of the Beethoven Gymnasium in Berlin, was announced the winner of the
    International Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the world's most prestigious water
    science prize for youth, during a ceremony today at the Stockholm Concert
    Hall, Sweden.  The Prize, Presented by Princess Christina Mrs. Magnuson, was
    awarded to Franke for his design of Aquakat, a solar driven reactor for the
    decontamination of industrial waste water.
        Franke competed during the Stockholm Water Symposium against students from
    nine other countries, including Finland, Great Britain, Latvia, The
    Netherlands, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Sweden and the United States.
        Sponsored globally by ITT Industries, the International Stockholm Junior
    Water Prize was established to engage and support the interests of young
    people in water environment issues at the regional, national and international
    levels.  The international Prize, now in its second year, is awarded annually
    to high school students who have contributed to water conservation and
    improvement through outstanding research.
        "Robert's project represents the highest objectives of the Stockholm
    Junior Water Prize," said Thomas R. Martin, vice president and director of
    corporate relations for ITT Industries.  "Young inventors like Robert will
    help lead tomorrow's engineers as they find solutions to the many challenges
    we face in protecting the earth's water."
        Franke's invention, Aquakat, uses the photocatalytic properties of
    semiconductors to degrade persistent chemicals.  Persistent chemicals are
    those that cannot be degraded by microbial or physico-chemical processes --
    methods employed in typical wastewater treatment facilities.  The proposed
    procedure is claimed to be cost-efficient, environmentally sustainable and of
    particular relevance for Third World countries and wherever solar power could
    be used as an energy source.
        "With each year, the Prize attracts more and more high quality projects,
    making the competition tougher each year," said Anna Lindberg, who directs the
    Stockholm Junior Water Prize for the International Stockholm Water Institute.
    "All of this year's projects were outstanding, however, our judges found
    Robert's to be exemplary."
        HRH Crown Princess Victoria is Patron of the International Junior Water
    Prize, which includes a US$5,000 award and crystal water sculpture.
        America's Brett De Poister was given the "honorable mention" distinction
    at the prize ceremony for his study of the effects of zinc and diazinon on the
    embryonic development of the African clawed frog.
        The projects were judged by an international nominating committee of
    distinguished scientists.  The committee performed a thorough evaluation of
    each project along with in-depth interviews with the contestants before
    choosing a winner.
        The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a scientific,
    technical, and educational organization that contributes to international
    efforts to combat the escalating global water crisis by facilitating research,
    raising awareness, and stimulating action on world water issues.  SIWI
    administers the Stockholm Water Prize, Stockholm Junior Water Prize, Stockholm
    Water Symposium and Stockholm Water Initiative.
        ITT Industries, Inc. (http://www.ittind.com) is a diversified, global
    manufacturing company and world market leader in the fluid technology,
    defense, electrical connectors, and automotive industries.  With headquarters
    in White Plains, New York, USA, the company employs approximately
    58,000 people around the world.  The company reported 1997 revenues of
    US$8.8 billion.  ITT Industries currently has fluid technology, electrical
    connectors and automotive operations in Germany.
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    SOURCE  Stockholm International Water Institute
    
    

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