Gabriel Fernandes Mello Ferreira

Student: Colégio São José

Hi, I’m Gabriel Fernandes, I’m a 16-year-old- high school student from Brazil. Since I was a child, I liked to build inventions with my grandpa, we built a lot of things, and this was important to me because it helps me to become who I am. The idea of my project came from a necessity to solve the problem of microplastics on water, specially treated water, for this I developed a filter for microplastics for Treatment Plants. The filter shows a big efficiency on labs tests, reaching 80% os efficiency in our tests and removing microplastics even smaller than 300µm.

Tell us what the water concern in your country is!

There are several concerns about water in my country, due to its wide territorial extension and diversity.Some people do not have drinking water to consume, in some places the water is not treated as it should and reaches up to the final consumer dirty and polluted.

This is what I think is one of the solutions for a sustainable future:

Science is the key to a sustainable future; it is through it that we'll get the answers for tomorrow. Science will allow us to reach renewable energy sources, allow us to clean our water resources and more. That is why it is necessary to invest in science.


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