Two development teams awarded the AMA Innovation Award 2021

May 3, 2021

Foto Endress HauserGas sensor technology with dielectric excitation and Multi-parameter measurement as a multi-sensor system for fermentation "QWX43" impresses

Berlin, May 03, 2021 - The AMA Association for Sensor and Measurement Technology (AMA) awarded the AMA Innovation Prize 2021 to two nominated teams. Due to the pandemic, the award winners were chosen digitally on May 3, 2021, at the opening event of Sensor and Measurement Science International (SMSI 2021).

Foto GE ResearchThe AMA Innovation Award 2021, which is endowed with 10,000 euros, goes this year in equal parts to two development teams. Both developments impressed the jury with their high innovative strength and clear market relevance.

Gas sensing with dielectric excitation
They have brought new gas sensing capabilities to conventional semiconducting metal oxide materials (SMOX) with the introduction of our sensor excitation scheme, which provides a up-to-date alternative to traditional resistivity sensing. Our excitation scheme offers linear gas response (R² > 0.99), a dynamic gas concentration range of six decades, high baseline stability, reduced humidity effects, and eliminated ambient temperature effects. We have already launched this product with one of our partners and are working with several other users in consumer, industrial, medical, homeland security and more.

The jury congratulates the development team from the USA: Dr. Radislav A. Potyrailo, Richard St-pierre, Dr. Aghogho Obi, Dr. Baokai Cheng, Dr. Christopher Collazo-Davila, Dr. Brian Scherer, Dr. Hilary Lashley Renison, Dr. Andrew Burns (General Electric Research Center)

Multi-parameter measurement as a cloud-based sensor for fermentation "QWX43"
Innovative, compact and easy-to-use multi-sensor system that provides the user full transparency at all times. Simultaneous output of density, viscosity, degree of fermentation, extract, alcohol, sugar concentration and other parameters. With the device, brewers can monitor this processes around the clock, logging, documenting and storing the progress. Valuable process evaluations such as the start and end of fermentation are carried out via web interface. The system is based on just two piezo tuning forks and strategically placed temperature sensors and is implemented in a hygienically fully encapsulated metal housing.

The jury congratulates the development team: Dr. Tobias Brengartner, Jan Schleiferböck, Dr. Sergey Lopatin, Andrey Dodonov, Pablo Ottersbach, Julia Rosenheim (Endress + Hauser Level+Pressure)

Sensor and measurement technology as innovation drivers
This year, 29 innovative research and development teams with top-class developments competed for the AMA Innovation Award, including 7 young companies. Together, they all demonstrate the innovative power of sensor and measurement technology.
"Both winning projects impressed with their sound solutions, convincing innovative strength and market relevance," said jury chairman Professor Andreas Schütze from Saarland University, explaining this year's selection.

Brochure with all submissions 2021
All accepted submissions will be published with a brief description of the innovation in the brochure 'AMA Innovation Award 2021 - The Applicants', which can be downloaded online free of charge.

Applications for the Innovation Award 2022
Application forms for the AMA Innovation Award 2022 will be available from the end of October 2021. Individuals or teams of developers from companies and institutes can apply. For more information, visit:

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AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) – linking innovators – is the network of the key industry for technical innovations. With its 450 members from industry and science it is the primary contact for sensor and measuring technology. With its detailed industry directory, it provides a comprehensive overview of the products and services. The AMA cultivates an innovation dialog with all participants of the innovation process at the leading trade fair SENSOR+TEST, at community stands of leading international fairs, and at the SMSI 2021 science conference. The AMA also offers seminars concentrating on sensors, measuring, and microsystem technology.

Pascale Taube
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