Harbottle triumphed in the Graduate Innovator category for his work in developing and commercialising a new technique for the analysis of particulate slurries that could be used in a wide range of industrial applications, from mixing concrete and cement to handling nuclear waste, where accurate monitoring and control is vital.
The system developed at Leeds, which is based on quartz crystal microbalance technology, is said to offer significant potential benefits over existing techniques.
Harbottle, a PhD chemical engineering student at Leeds, is a director and chief scientist of Rheokinisis, a company formed to further develop and market the technique.
Harbottle was selected for the award by a judging panel comprising representatives from the academic and industrial sectors and expert commentators on engineering and technology. He received his certificate from Declan Curry, business presenter for BBC Breakfast, at an Awards Lunch event held at Imperial College London on 21 September.