Call for proposals for Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

Contest by Elsevier Foundation and chemistry journals offers €75K in prizes for innovative solutions to challenges in developing countries

Yunsang Kim, PhDTraditional dyeing processes require large amounts of water and create waste and toxic emissions leaving heavy ecological footprints. Not surprisingly, developing countries are disproportionally affected. Dr. Yunsang Kim, research associate at the Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors at the University of Georgia, led the development of an innovative textile dyeing technology that reduces wastewater and the release of toxic chemicals. His invention has the potential to transform the textile industry’s dying process while reducing adverse impacts on local communities and the environment.

His team’s project was selected from more than 500 proposals to win the 2016 Elsevier Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge – a competition that stimulates innovative chemistry research that helps the environment  and low-resource communities.

Apply to the Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge . The deadline is September 15, 2016.

Starting this year, the Elsevier Foundation has joined Elsevier's chemistry journals team in running this contest. They are seeking applications for projects that use green and sustainable chemistry solutions to tackle some of the developing world’s greatest challenges whether in water, sanitation or energy. The challenge forms an important part of the Elsevier Foundation’s newly established programs and partnerships to ensure healthy lives, reduce inequality, achieve gender equality and bridge the North-South divide in scientific collaboration.

Ylann Schemm“We have been able to build off of the substantial and impressive work of the 2016 Elsevier Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge, and we are really proud to help support this rapidly expanding field,” said said Ylann Schemm, Program Director of the Elsevier Foundation. “We hope that many of the proposals will come from low-resource settings, helping to further bridge the North-South participation divide in sustainability research.”

The top five contestants will be invited to pitch their ideas at the second Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference, to be held in Berlin in May 2017. The first prize challenge winner will receive a €50,000 award, and the second prize winner a €25,000 award. Proposals for the Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge will be accepted through September 15.


Written by

Domiziana Francescon

Written by

Domiziana Francescon

Domiziana Francescon serves as the Elsevier Foundation’s Program Officer and is a strong supporter of the company’s Corporate Responsibility program. Domiziana obtained a master’s degree in Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands, with a specialization in Publishing Studies. She grew up in Italy.


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