Elvira Fortunato was the only Portuguese winner, among other scientists distinguished from a list of 10 finalists.
The announcement of the five winners of this year’s edition of the Impacto Horizonte Award, the second since 2019, was made in Brussels, Belgium.
The “Invisible” project, with which the Portuguese researcher was awarded, consisted in the development of the first transparent screen from a low-cost, non-degradable semiconductor material that produces better results, zinc oxide, which is included in the composition of baby ointments or sunscreens.
The technology, patented by the director of Cenimat and Samsung, is applicable to mobile phones, televisions, computers or ‘tablets’, allowing to obtain higher resolution images.
“Invisible” was financed by 2.25 million euros by the European Research Council, an agency of the European Commission that supports scientific research, namely through grants.
The project was developed for five years, between 2009 and 2014.
The Horizon Impact Award is aimed at scientists who led projects funded by the 7th Framework Program (2007-2014) and the Horizon 2020 Program (2014-2020).