Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

A unique feature  of the conference is the Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge.

2019 Elsevier Foundation Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

Top 5 Finalists

The following finalists of the 2019 Elsevier Foundation Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge will give a short presentation to the judges at the conference where the winning project will be announced.

New green technique to remove toxic metal from wastewater

Ramia Albakain, The University of Jordan, Jordan

Ramia Albakain is an Associate Professor of Analytical, Environmental and Bio-analytical Chemistry at the University of Jordan -Department of Chemistry. Her project is focused on the development of low cost, efficient and environmentally friendly nanofiltration cross-linked hollow fiber membrane for wastewater treatment in countries with limited water resources to to save the huge amount of wastewater thrown without any re-use.

Cross-cultural analysis of sustainable waste management

Norris Erhabor, University of Benin, Nigeria

The researchers involved in the project are Lecturers and researchers in the Department of Health Safety and Environmental Education, University of Benin. This department aims to prepare Nigeria for anticipated health and environmental challenges that are expected in the accelerated movement of the country from a third world economy to being one of the most environmentally friendly nations on earth.

Butterfly attractant for pollination and ecosystem health

Ankur Patwardhan, Abasaheb Garware College, Pune, India

Dr. Ankur Patwardhan is heading the Biodiversity department at Maharashtra Education Society, one of the premier education institutes in Maharashtra State. He is a member of Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board and works in close association with the State Forest Department. His conservation initiatives were supported by various agencies like Ruffords Foundation, Ministry of Environment Forests & Climate Change and Indian Space Research Organization.

Photoxidative degradation of estrogen in water

Julio Pinzon, Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia

Dr. Julio Pinzon is a chemistry assistant professor at Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS), the largest University in the northeast part of Colombia. The proposed project aims to eliminate estrogen present in wastewater that directly alters the normal functioning of living beings and the natural balance of ecosystems by causing irreversible damage.

Highly sustainable PV windows employing natural dyes

Varun Vohra, University of Electro-Communications, Japan

Dr. Varun Vohra is Assistant Professor at University of Electro-Communications (UEC) in Japan. The proposed project would be carried out through an international network including the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), the Polytechnic University of Milan (POLIMI) and the Institute for Macromolecular Studies (ISMACCNR) in Italy.

2018 Winners

First prize winner Prajwal Rabhindari, President of the Research Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology (RIBB) in Nepal, and second prize winner Dr. Alessio Adamiano, a researcher at the Italian National Research Council (CNR), pose with their awards.

2018 finalists


Winner: Guava leaves as natural preservatives for farmers of Nepal
Prajwal Rajbhandari, Research Institute For Bioscience & Biotechnology, Lalitpur, Nepal




Runner-up: phos-FATE: Empowering fishing communities for climate change
Alessio Adamiano, Italian National Research Council, Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramic Materials, Faenza, Italy




Cultivation of microalgae biomass through biofixation of CO2Akhmet
Akhmetbek Kartay, Kazakh-British Technical University, Almaty, Kazakhstan




A green chemical pathway to make selective solar absorbers
Jyotirmoy Mandal, Yang Research Group, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA



Biomass-plastic: Eco-friendly structural materials
Manuel Palencia, Universidad del Valle and Mindtech S.A.S., Cali, Colombia

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/