Santo Domingo.- The Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (Intec) on Monday obtained the first patent ever granted to a Dominican university from the National Office of Intellectual Property (Onapi), for an automatically heated catalytic converter for internal combustion engines.
Developed by students Francarlos Bencosme, of Intec, and Keyron Figueroa, of the Santo Domingo State University (UASD) -both 21, the equipment reduces the direct pollution emitted by a vehicle. The device is to be installed in a vehicle’s exhaust system.
The current catalyst converters are also designed to reduce greenhouse gases, but don’t start working until the auto has been driven arund 10 kilometers, which takes as long as 15 minutes. The invention starts working immediately, reducing direct pollutants up to 90%.
Bencosme and Figueroa had been working on their idea since they were high school sophomores and their goal now is to obtain an international patent and offer the prototype to automakers.