Alexander Richter, student of RT-MRSEC faculty Orlin D. Velev (NCSU), and founder of MRSEC affilicated start-up, Benanova, was awarded the 2015 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for work to improve agricultural pest control that could strengthen the global food supply. The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize is a national competition and recognizes student innovation and entrepreneurship. Read More.
BENANOVA Inc. is a science startup company from the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at NC State University. The Company commercializes novel cost-efficient environmentally benign particle systems (EbNPs) made of natural materials, which can leverage the functional properties of bioactive agents. The technology was developed by Prof. Orlin D. Velev and Alexander P. Richter at NC State University.