Winner

UCT academic Dr Dyllon Randall is the first African recipient of the prestigious global Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Warner Prize. A chemical engineer by training, Dr Randall and his postgraduate students have pioneered two world firsts in sustainable resource recovery systems: a waterless urinal that produces fertiliser and a bio-brick grown from human urine (“UCT make world’s first urine bio-brick,” Tatler November 1 2018). The prize is awarded biennially to people who show “exceptional promise” in sustainable chemical process technology, nuclear technology or in making chemical engineering more accessible to a wider scientific community. Dr Randall is the fifth recipient to win the award. Commenting on the prize, he said: “It’s great that our work has been acknowledged internationally through this award, but, more importantly, it shows us that people are open to the idea of reusing urine. We will continue making science accessible to the public while also creating paradigm shifts in the sanitation field.”