Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge
A unique feature of the conference is the Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge.
The following finalists of the 3rd Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge will give short presentation on their projects. The winner will be announced at the end of the conference:
Italian National Research Council, Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramic Materials, Faenza, Italy
Project: phos-FATE: Empowering fishing communities for climate change
Alessio is a researcher for the Italian National Research Council (CNR) at the Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramic Materials (www.istec.cnr.it). He is obsessed with three things: food, science and the environment. Nothing is wasted in his kitchen. He focused his PhD on Environmental Science, primarily thermal extraction of chemicals from protein rich biomass residues, then explored the effect of climate change on coral population in the Mediterranean Sea.
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Over the last five years, Alessio has been investigating the applications of calcium phosphate materials as regenerative and nano-medicine.
His project 'RECOVER' on the transformation of fishery by-products into valuable biomedical products alongside Drs. C. Piccirillo and M. Iafisco, was awarded by the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies because of its contribution to society and the environment.
Yang Research Group, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Project: A green chemical pathway to make selective solar absorbers
Jyotirmoy Mandal is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University in New York, and specializes on developing optically selective surfaces for energy and environmental applications.
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As a researcher, Jyoti's focus has been on creating technologies that are novel but inexpensive, and have a high potential for application in emerging countries.
Kazakh-British Technical University, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Project: Cultivation of microalgae biomass through biofixation of CO2Akhmet
Kartay is completing his studies at the Kazakh-British Technical University, Kazakhstan.
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He and his team members started studying and working on microalgae with the support of Dr. Beisen Donenov.
Universidad del Valle and Mindtech S.A.S., Cali, Colombia
Project: Biomass-plastic: Eco-friendly structural materials
Manuel Palencia is associate professor of Department of Chemistry of Universidad del Valle (Colombia), and Director of Research Group in Science with Technological Applications (GI-CAT). He is chemist of Universidad de Cordoba (Colombia) and Doctor in Chemical Science of Universidad de Concepción (Chile).
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His main research fields are polymers, soils, membranes and nanotechnology; his work has been centered in the development and application of materials, processes and systems in diverse field as agricultural, biomedical materials, treatment of water, removal of pollutants and analytical sciences; some examples are: polymer conditioners mimicking of the humified organic matter for degraded soil restoration, stimuli-responsive polymers for smart fertilization of micronutrients, nanostructured materials for storage of blood and hemoderivates, smart biofertilizers based on bioactive-hydrogels and structural materials based on residual biomass and recycled plastic (biomass-plastic), this latter, in cooperation with researchers of Mindtech Research Group (Mindtech-RG), the Universidad de Córdoba (Dr. E. Combatt), the Universidad de Sucre (Dr. A. Arrieta) and the Universidad de Concepción (Dr. M. Melendrez).
Research Institute For Bioscience & Biotechnology, Lalitpur, Nepal
Project: Guava leaves as natural preservatives for farmers of Nepal
President at Research Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology (RIBB) from January 2018 and cofounded the institute in 2011 to work on natural bioresources of Nepal. He has completed his M.S. by Research in Biotechnology on a sandwich program between Kathmandu University and Institute of Biomolecule Reconstruction (iBR), Sun Moon University, Republic of Korea in 2010. His specialization is in molecular biology and worked on production of modified antibiotics and their bioactivities during masters program.
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Currently, he leads the research team at Department of Biomass and Bioenergy at the institute. Apart from research, Mr. Rajbhandari is the cofounder of Talk Biotech Forum, probably the first talk series in biotechnology in Nepal. It is a platform where scientist, researchers and startups shares and discuss their research activities, ideas and knowledge among students and biotech enthusiasts. He has keen interest in politics and cricket. As an avid hiker, Prajwal loves to travel and explore new places.
Winner : Biosurfactants to combat mosquito-borne diseases
Dênis de Lima Professor, Institute of Chemistry, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande, Brazil
Runner-up: Crude oil-polluted site ecorestoration, Niger Delta, Nigeria
Dr. (Mrs.) Chioma Blaise Chikere MRSB Senior Lecturer, Environmental Microbiology and Bioremediation Division, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
Biobased polyurethanes-raw-materials from used cooking oils
Alvaro Orjuela Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, National University of Colombia, Bogota. Columbia
Green membranes to provide safe drinking water
Flavie Prézélus, Federal University of Toulouse, France
Electrochemical storage of hydrogen in activated charcoal
Amandeep Singh Oberoi Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chitkara University Punjab, India
2016 winners were Yunsang Kim from the University of Georgia, USA, and Suzana Yusup from the Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia.
Yunsang Kim, PhD, displays the winner's check, surrounded by Conference Chair Prof. Klaus Kümmerer, PhD (left), and Elsevier Senior Publisher Rob van Daalen.
Second prize winners Prof. Suzana Yusup, PhD, and Daniel Joe Dailin, PhD, pose with
Conference Chair Prof. Klaus Kümmerer, PhD, (left) and Elsevier Senior Publisher Rob van Daalen.
For more details on the Challenge see: www.elsevierfoundation.org/greenchem/