A Novel Method for Oil Spill Cleanup Using Biomass
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Anika Bhagavatula
Wilton, Connecticut
2017 Finalist
MIDDLEBROOK MIDDLE SCHOOL
131 SCHOOL RD
WILTON, CT 06897-2591
8th grade | 14 years old
Meet Anika. Anika hopes to find a natural sorbent which would be effective in replacing current environmentally damaging solutions to remedy oil spills, using pomegranate husk and orange peels.
Why did you enter the Young Scientist Challenge?
I was particularly excited about the potential opportunity to work with a 3M Scientist Mentor to further develop my idea. I am extremely interested in environmental research and water purification and I am eager to learn and develop new ideas for preserving the environment.
What is your favorite invention of the last 100 years, and why?
I have always been fascinated with the development of artificial intelligence and the ability to program a machine to do tasks that require precision or are dangerous. In particular, the recent development of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) really fascinated me.
In 15 years I hope to be...
An environmental scientist and innovator.
Never hesitate to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Amazing experiences and opportunities are waiting to be discovered.
Anika Bhagavatula