The annual prize for the best innovation in Wetsus – the Marcel Mulder award – went to Carlo Belloni. Drs. Ed Nijpels, chair of Wetsus’ advisory board granted the young researcher the prize at the European Water Technology week 2022. Belloni has won €5,000 for his incredible patented material that is able to take up phosphate in minute concentrations. The research is of great importance to clean surface waters, valorizing waste materials, and ensuring European resource independance. The phosphate researcher was said to win the prize for his creative solutions in a high tech field and his daring positive attitude that yielded such an innovative idea.