LANXESS holds Awarding Ceremony of 7th “Clean Water for Better Life” University Students Research Competition

Ming Cheng Chien, President of LANXESS Asia Pacific delivered a speech

Shanghai, December 14, 2021 – German specialty chemicals company LANXESS held the Awarding Ceremony of its 7th Clean Water for Better Life University Students Research Competition (Water Competition)  on December 13,2021. In view of the ongoing corona virus pandemic, experts and scholars from all walks of life and representatives of participating student teams attended the event both online and offline.


Through evaluation of the projects by the expert evaluation committee in terms of practicality, innovativeness, social value, completion situation, implementation quality and WeChat voting results, the Minhao Wang team of Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University won the first prize; the Xinyu Cao team of Yunnan Agricultural University and the Zipei Cui team of Tongji University won the second prize; the Daishuang Wang team of South China Normal University, the Ke Ren team of Shandong University and the Lixuan Jian team of Xiamen University won the third prize.


Keeping moving for seven years

As sustainable development is a crucial challenges for the whole world, LANXESS has been paying special attention to water shortages. In tapping into university resources, the company has been seeking and collecting social research projects on water pollution prevention and control from university students. In 2015, when the Action Plan for Prevention and Treatment of Water Pollution (Water Ten Plan for short) was issued by the State Council, LANXESS joined hands with China Sustainability Tribune (formerly China WTO Tribune) to launch the Water Competition based on its own water treatment business.


As a company that shoulders social responsibility, LANXESS is committed to providing people with clean water and environmentally sound wastewater treatment solutions. At the same time, LANXESS has always been highly active and persevering in promoting and publicizing the ‘co-building of a sustainable clean water ecosystem. As a good platform, the Water Competition can not only contribute to the innovation and development of enterprises, but also pass the baton of sustainable water resource development to the main force of the new generation, said Ming Cheng Chien, President of LANXESS Asia Pacific in his speech.


After being launched in May 2021 in Shanghai, this years Water Competition received 43 projects submitted by teams from 28 universities including Fudan University, Tongji University, Xiamen University, Nanjing University, and Northeast Agricultural University, covering 17 provinces, cities and autonomous regions. Twenty-two participating teams were shortlisted in the end.


Showing the enthusiasm of the youth

The Water Competition not only serves as a platform for young students to learn more and to express themselves, but reflects LANXESS practice of sustainable development and demonstration of its social responsibility.


Young people, as the mainstay of the new era, should pay more attention to social progress and sustainable development than other groups, because they are the beneficiaries of sustainable development and, more importantly, they are the key to the successful advancement of sustainable development. I hope that all the young students present will make persistent efforts, boldly innovate, and jointly address the challenges of sustainable development in the new era, said Zhihong Yu, President and Editor-in-chief of China Sustainability Tribune to the young students in a video message.


Thanks to the Water Competition, many ambitious young people have started their journey of environmental protection with LANXESS. They have pitched into the water protection and governance industry, and will jointly promote the protection of China's water environment in the future. The Taihu Lake Basin is the main water supply source for many cities, so it is particularly important to maintain a health water body. This is related to not only the sustainable development of the ecological environment, but also the happiness of many people. We hope that through this research, we can contribute to environmental health and drinking water safety, Minhao Wang, the first prize winner of the Water Competition, said.


The past seven years witnessed the ever-increasing depth and breadth of the influence of the Water Competition. The number of participating universities increased from 5 to 66, with the universities distributed throughout the country. The number of participating projects also grew from 27 in the first edition to 43 in the seventh edition. So far, there have been 270 projects registered for the event.


The projects of various teams from universities all over the country have brought new perspectives to the business development of LANXESS, and have strong practical significance for innovative water protection solutions. It is worth mentioning that LANXESS executives and employees were also involved in the event to guide the project teams. Members of the winning teams can also obtain the opportunity of internship at LANXESS. At that time, LANXESS employees will continue to help the young students in their field studies, and enable them to improve their professional knowledge and learn more about more applicable practices.


LANXESS will continue to make China's water projects more professional and extensive, endeavor to commercialize the results of practices and programs, summarize experience, and contribute to protecting the source of life and solving China's water problems.



LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 6.1 billion in 2020. The company currently has about 14,900 employees in 33 countries. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good.



On January 31, 2005, the company was initially listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and LANXESS Chemical (China) Co., Ltd. officially started operations. LANXESS now has 13 subsidiaries, 6 R&D centers and 7 production sites with around 1,200 employees in Greater China. LANXESS works closely with its local partners to develop market-oriented solutions that meet local market needs.


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