Six innovative research projects were selected among more than 110 applications to receive the support of the Green Chemistry for Life project, which was created by UNESCO and PhosAgro in close cooperation with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) to promote the sustainable use and design of chemicals and chemical processes.
The young scientists, all under 36 years of age, presented their projects during an award ceremony organized during the PhosAgro – UNESCO – IUPAC Symposium on Green Chemistry that took place in Moscow on 23-24 September 2014.
The research grants were awarded to:
- Dr Thibault CANTAT (France) for his project “Sustainable synthesis of methylated amines and phosphines from carbon dioxide”;
Dr Anastasiya HUBINA (Ukraine) for her project “Polysaccharide-based membranes for fuel cells”;
- Dr Gasser MOSTAFA (Egypt) for his project “Development of optical sensors for heavy metals determination in drinking water”;
- Dr Juan Carlos RODRIGUEZ-REYES (Peru) for his project “Materials chemistry as a critical tool for greener mining activities: Decreasing the use of cyanide by unravelling the physical-chemical properties of depleted minerals”;
- Dr Sharifah Rafidah WAN ALWI (Malaysia) for her project “Study of papaya peel waste as adsorbent for efficient lead (II) removal from wastewater”; and
- Dr Ning YAN (China) for his project “Towards Ocean Based Biorefinery: Harnessing Shellfish Derived Chitin for Pyrrole and Acetic Acid via Hydrothermal Conversion”.
Applications were evaluated by an international scientific jury composed of renowned scientists representing leading international, regional and national chemical institutions.
The grant programme aims to promote the implementation of innovative research projects by young scientists that respect the 12 principles of green chemistry. These principles apply to the life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture and use, and aim to reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances.
Green chemistry is about creating alternatives to hazardous substances or diminishing resources, using processes that require less energy and smaller quantities of materials, and reducing waste. It is about using sustainable products and methods, applying advanced chemistry technologies for issues like environmental protection, human health, food supplies and the use of natural resources.
A new call for applications for reseach grants in Green Chemistry will be announced on 30 September 2014.