6 young scientists to receive Green Chemistry for Life research grants in 2015

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Six innovative research projects were selected among 119 applications to receive the support of the Green Chemistry for Life project, which was created by UNESCO, PhosAgro and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) to promote the sustainable use and design of chemicals and chemical processes. Applications were evaluated by an international scientific jury composed of renowned scientists representing leading international, regional and national chemical institutions.

The grant programme aims mobilize young minds to contribute to sustainable development through innovative research projects in green chemistry that respect the 12 principles of green chemistry. These may reduce the production and use of hazardous substances and lead to energy savings and a better environment and health.

The 2015 Green Chemistry for Life research grants were awarded to:

  • Dr Alexander BISSEMBER (Australia)
    Project: Development of new, viable and inexpensive visible light copper photocatalysts,
  • Dr Daniele Leonori (Italy)
    Project: Harnessing Nitrogen-Centred Radicals via Visible Light-Mediated Photoredox Catalysis,
  • Dr Mehdi MOHAMMADI (Iran)
    Project: Enzymatic production of biodiesel from waste oil by using two lipases covalently immobilized on magnetic silica nanocomposite; the use of green isocyanide-based multicomponent reaction for enzyme immobilization,
  • Dr Allan PRIOR (South Africa)
    Project: A bio-renewable and bio-catalytic approach toward the synthesis of higher value organic products from anacardic acid found in cashew nut shells, a by-product of cashew nut farming in Africa,
  • Dr Natalia QUICI (Argentina)
    Project: From waste to fuel: 3D-printed gas phase reactors for low cost methane photocatalytic synthesis by reduction of emitted CO2 in water treatment, and
  • Dr Svilen SIMEONOV (Bulgaria)
    Project: Novel biorefinery concept for the conversion of carbohydrates into valuable building blocks.

The PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC International Scientific Jury for Green Chemistry had met at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 19-20 May 2015 to consider the grant applications.

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