November 12, 2009

Purpose Prize 2009 Winner - Henry Liu

Henry Liu turned poison into possibility. The former engineering professor found a way to transform fly ash - a toxic byproduct of burning coal - into bricks that look and function like the old standards made of clay. The innovation not only removes a harmful substance from the environment, but the related manufacturing process requires less energy, is cheaper, and doesn't contribute to air pollution or global warming. Now that the bricks have been licensed for production in 11 countries, the Missouri-based scientist is working to find out a way to move freight more efficiently through underground pipelines.