"Youth Innovation" of Clean Water

The Fourth LANXESS "Clean Water for Better Life" - University Students Research Competition kicked off in Shanghai

The Fourth LANXESS "Clean Water for Better Life" - University Students Research Competition kicked off in Shanghai

May 31, 2018, Shanghai - The fourth LANXESS China “Clean Water for Better Life” - University Students Research Competition was officially kicked off at the headquarters of LANXESS Chemical (China) Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as "LANXESS") in Shanghai. Ming Cheng Chien, CEO of LANXESS Greater China, Zhihong Yu, President of China WTO Tribune, representatives of new partners of “Sustainable Clean Water Ecosystem”, LANXESS volunteers and student representatives attended the kick-off ceremony.


As early as June 2015, LANXESS held the first “Clean Water for Better Life” - University Students Water Resources Protection and Utilization Research Competition with China WTO Tribune when the Action Plan for Prevention and Treatment of Water Pollution was issued by the State Council. So far, the competitions have been successfully held for three times. This time, LANXESS will gather the aspirations of all the parties and once again join hands with outstanding youth to blow the clarion call for the "future clean water defense".


Untill 2018, LANXESS 10 years education initiative reaches around 700,000 young people worldwide. LANXESS launch programs faced to primary school, middle school and colleague students, including scholarship, chemical kits donation, LANXESS-PASCH dream career program and "Clean Water for Better" LifeUniversity students research competition. Rainier van Roessel, member of the board at LANXESS AG, explains the commitment of the group, “Education is the basis for the future viability of our country. The development of young people is therefore vital for us. To continue to expand our position in global markets in the future, we need skilled, motivated scientists. Consequently, we want to stir enthusiasm for science and ingenuity at school. With our commitment, we want to encourage children and young adults to shape the future of business and their own futures.”


"The Chinese government has set the targets for high quality development this year, one of which is to meet the growing needs of the people for better life. Therefore, improving life quality with the concept of sustainability and environmental protection is critical," said Ming Cheng Chien, CEO of LANXESS Greater China, " ‘The meaning of a book becomes clear when it is read hundreds of times.’ We hope that during the 5 months research period, these college students will work out excellent projects with their innovative thinking and professional knowledge.”


At the early stage of this competition, LANXESS received 50 projects from 33 schools including Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tongji University, Wuhan University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Shandong University, involving 23 provinces, cities and autonomous regions, and with new participants of 18 schools. Finally, after the expert review, 25 teams from 24 universities in 10 provinces and cities stood out. In the next few months, these students will research the complex problems closely related to environmental protection and water resources protection from different perspectives, cross-disciplinary and cross-regional. Then, they will work out innovative technologies and solutions for water protection, drinking water production, transportation and monitoring, sewage treatment, etc., demonstrating their "Youth Innovation".


To LANXESS, this competition is like an epitome of a “fight for future environment", which is not only helpful to water protection in China, but also a good opportunity to work with stakeholders to perform the development concept of "Lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets”, and solve "prominent environmental issues" as required by General Secretary Xi. To this end, LANXESS and China WTO Tribune called on more and more universities, enterprises and organizations to participate in the protection of environmental resources in China.


Unlike the previous competitions, the 2018 competition adopted a new model including multi-lateral participation and cross-border cooperation, such as interdisciplinary cooperation in universities; cooperation between volunteer and university, cooperation between universities, association and university, enterprise and university as well as media. In addition to colleges and universities in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, the participants also include clubs, interest groups and research teams of students of relevant major in universities in Beijing, Sichuan, Guangdong, Yunnan and Guizhou.


After the kick-off ceremony, LANXESS volunteers led students representatives to visit LANXESS booth at AQUATECH CHINA. At the exhibition, the Liquid Purification Technologies (LPT) business unit of LANXESS displayed the Lewatit ion exchange resins, Lewabrane reverse osmosis  membrane elements, LewaPlus design software and Bayoxide iron oxide adsorbent, as well as drinking water treatment programs. It is predicted by the authority that the annual growth rate of China's domestic water treatment market will exceed 18% for 2019 to 2023. Technical experts from LANXESS LPT will also provide the participants with theoretical and practical support for water treatment over the next few months.



LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 9.7 billion in 2017 and about 19,200 employees in 25 countries. The company is currently represented at 74 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. Through ARLANXEO, the joint venture with Saudi Aramco, LANXESS is also a leading supplier of synthetic rubber. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good.



On Jan. 31, 2005, LANXESS AG was initially listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, and its subsidiary LANXESS Chemical (China) Co., Ltd. officially began operations. Today, LANXESS has 17 subsidiaries including 3 joint ventures, 9 production sites as well as 9 R&D centers with about 1,900 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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