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5 finalists selected for Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

Proposals include sustainable solutions for clean water, textile dying, farming and fertilizer delivery

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Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

After Elsevier launched its Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge last June, nearly 500 submissions poured in from around the world. The contest, which invited innovative proposals that could be directly applied to the developing world, was open to individuals and organizations in both the nonprofit and commercial sectors.

The finalists

After an extensive review process, the scientific jury selected five finalists:

Sustainable Textile Dyeing Using Nanocellulosic Fibers (Yunsang Kim, PhD)

Yunsang Kim, PhDDr. Yunsang Kim’s proposal is on the development of innovative textile dyeing technology using nanocellulosic fibers to reduce the generation of wastewater and release of toxic chemicals in dyeing process.

Dr. Kim is a research associate in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors at the University of Georgia. Dr. Kim received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2014. His doctoral thesis developed efficient and high-energy-density capacitors using ferroelectric nanocomposite and hybrid sol-gel materials. Dr. Kim’s current work revolves around the development and processing of nanocellulose as a coating platform for smart textile applications.

Biopesticide for Improvement of Paddy Yield (Daniel Joe Dailin, PhD)

Daniel Joe Dailin, PhDDr. Daniel Joe Dailin will seek funding for his proposal to develop a water-based bio-pesticide, based on a unique combination of different plant extracts, for improving the productivity of paddy fields.

Dr. Dailin is a Research Scientist at the Biomass Processing Laboratory, Centre for Biofuel and Biochemical Research, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS in Perak, Malaysia. He has a master’s degree in engineering (Bioprocess) and bachelor’s degree in engineering (Chemical-Bioprocess) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia. His research interest include fermentation technology and biomass utilization, engaging with extraction processes such as neem leave, product formulation and bioprocess optimization for semi-industrial scale.

BIO-AQUA Water Purification (Lucian Lucia, PhD)

Lucian Lucia, PhDDr. Lucian Amerigo Lucia proposes a bio-based technique, utilizing third world on-site resources for sorbent development, to remediating drinking water in third world nations of its heavy metal toxins.

He received his PhD from the University of Florida. He spent approximately two years studying photoreactive polymers, photoinduced gelation phenomena, novel supramolecular behavior in nano-heterogeneous systems at the National Science Foundation Center for Photoinduced Charge Transfer at the University of Rochester in New York. He is now at North Carolina State University (Forest Biomaterials, Chemistry) where he manages The Laboratory of Soft Materials & Green Chemistry. He studies the physical and chemical properties of wood and plant-based materials targeting sustainability in engineering applications (e.g., water purification) and is developing nano-heterogeneous assemblies to facilitate cargo (e.g., drug) delivery and biosensing.

Sustainable Fertilizer Delivery Systems and Biosorbents (Eric Wei Chiang Chan, PhD)

Eric Wei Chiang Chan, PhDDr. Eric Wei Chiang Chan’s entry is on production and using carboxymethyl cellulose to serve as a biosorbent to remediate polluted sites reduce leaching of crop fertilizers into water catchments.

Dr. Chan is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Applied Sciences, UCSI University, in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is a chemistry teacher at UCSI University in Malaysia and published about 50 articles related to food science and natural product chemistry and pharmacology. Recently, he decided to venture into green and sustainable chemistry, as environmental issues affecting the globe are becoming more urgent every year.

To Provide an Eco-Friendly, Low Cost Clean Water Solution (Anindya Ghosh Roy)

Anindya Ghosh RoyDr. Anindya Ghosh Roy plans to design a low-cost portable water filter that provides clean water solution and is 100% biodegradable.

Born in Hyderabad and raised in Kolkata, India, Dr. Roy completed a bachelor’s degree in life sciences at Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. He pursued a master’s degree in microbiology from Nagpur University and in Molecular Biology from the University of Skövde, Sweden. Currently, he is a graduate student under the supervision of Dr. Petra Wendler at the Gene Center of LMU Munich. His research focuses on the structural elucidation of proteasomal precursor complexes using CryoEM and single particle analysis.

These contestants will present their proposals in a plenary session at the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference in Berlin April 4 to 6, an international scientific meeting with renowned speakers from around the world.

The winners will be announced at the end of the conference. The first prize winner will be awarded €50,000, and the second prize winner will receive €25,000.

Conference chair Prof. Klaus Kümmerer, Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s journals Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry and Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy and chair of the scientific jury, said:

I am pleased to see that we have a mixture of people and institutions from developing and other countries as well as a nice mixture of sustainable chemistry approaches. The high-tech and low-tech approaches all address issues where funding and practical implementation may be less favorable as no real big business opportunities can be expected.

Chemists play major role in ensuring a continued supply of the fertilizer, medicines and other chemicals needed to support the world’s population. They also design processes and products that reduce or eliminate the production of unwanted or hazardous chemicals that can potentially damage the environment and thus contribute to sustainability.

To encourage researchers to come up with new solutions, Elsevier organized this Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge. At Elsevier, it’s our vision is to create information solutions that improve outcomes for our customers and also benefit society. This challenge will enable us to work with the research community to make a positive impact on society.

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Elsevier Connect Contributors

Rob van DaalenRob van Daalen is a Senior Publisher at Elsevier, responsible for a portfolio of journals in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry. He studied Analytical Chemistry and is based in Amsterdam. He has held various positions within Elsevier and has been working as a publisher for eight years now. Rob is an Elsevier volunteer for the IMC Weekendschool, which offers extracurricular motivating education to children aged 10 to 14 from low-income socioeconomic areas.

Aileen ChristensenAileen Christensen is a Marketing Communications Manager for Elsevier’s Chemistry journals. She is responsible for the promotion the Elsevier Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge. She is based in Amsterdam.

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