Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

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

The challenge, launched in 2015, aims to promote projects that offer environmentally friendly and sustainable processes, products and resources applicable for use in developing countries.

This year we have received 680 proposals from all over the world. After a thorough review process the following 5 finalists were selected. These contestants have been invited to come to the conference and present their proposals.

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

Biosurfactants to combat mosquito-borne diseases

Dênis de Lima Professor, Institute of Chemistry, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande, Brazil

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

Last year’s winners

Last year’s winners were Yunsang Kim from the University of Georgia, USA, and Suzana Yusup from the Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia.

Yunsang Kim was awarded a prize of € 50,000. He convinced the jury with his project “Sustainable Textile Dyeing using Nanocellulosic Fibers”. Kim developed an innovative textile dyeing technology using Nanocellulosic fiber, which will greatly reduce generations of wastewater and release of toxic chemicals in textile dyeing process.

The second prize worth € 25,000 was awarded to the project “Biopesticide for Improvement of Paddy Yield” of Suzana Yusup. Her project demonstrates how a unique combination of different plant extracts can be used to develop a water-based bio-pesticide. The team aims to assess the advantages of this synthesized bio-pesticide against the commercial bio-pesticide on paddy fields. 

Photo 1 Yunsang Kim, PhD, displays the winner's check, surrounded by Conference Chair Prof. Klaus Kümmerer, PhD (left), and Elsevier Senior Publisher Rob van Daalen.

Photo 2Second 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/the-elsevier-foundation-green-and-sustainable-chemistry-challenge

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