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:

Alessio Adamiano

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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Jyotirmoy Mandal

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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Akhmetbek Kartay

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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Manuel Palencia

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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Prajwal Rajbhandari

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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2017 winners

The winners of the 2017 Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge are first-prize winner (at right) Dênis Pires de Lima, PhD, a professor at Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, and runner-up Chioma Blaise Chikere, PhD, a lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. © Dario Spoto

The winners of the 2017 Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge are first-prize winner (at right) Dênis Pires de Lima, PhD, a professor at Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, and runner-up Chioma Blaise Chikere, PhD, a lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. © Dario Spoto"

2017 finalists


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

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/