To build a community of international innovators, REACT will leverage the new Inter-Departmental Senior Design (ISD) Project at Penn that includes 3-5 undergraduates working on a project that requires an interdisciplinary approach. REACT faculty and Solvay scientists will serve as “tent advisors” for a student team that will design and assemble a tent that captures and purifies water, prevents the spread of infection, and produces/stores energy in the aftermath of natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes. This topic naturally requires expertise from materials scientists, bioengineers, and electrical, mechanical and chemical engineers.
Initially, students will use existing technologies (e.g., Teflon®), and then sequentially add active coating technologies as they develop. This prototype tent will serve as the focal point for a design challenge that invites high school students from Delaware Valley and Grenoble, through GIANT’s high school-level “Innov@school” program, to participate in a poster competition (real and virtual) during the annual Philly Materials Day. This tent will also be showcased at CANOPEA, a new concept building project in Grenoble.