Mangalore, Aug 03: Two Mangalore school students have made it to finals in the annual Global Google Science Fair. Vineeth Nayak and Aditya Bhargava are the qualified 15 year old students. Both are Class X students of Sharadavidyaniketan Public School, Talapady, Mangalore.
The duo have developed a bio-sensor that will detect the quantity of hydrazine, a highly toxic inorganic compound in water and help cleanse and make it potable.
Hydrazine is mainly used as a foaming agent in preparing polymer foams. But significantly used in various rocket fuels and prepare gas precursors used in air bags, besides within both nuclear and conventional electrical power plant steam cycles as oxygen scavenger to control concentrations of dissolved oxygen to curtail corrosion. Besides being eco-friendly, all waste generated from the bio-sensor are biodegradable.
The duo are among 90 finalists chosen from across the globe. Of the 90, nine are from India and of whom five are from Karnataka. The finalists will compete in Google Hyderabad unit early August, after which 15 will be sent to the US for final round.