Green Chemistry for Life research grants


The Green Chemistry for Life research grants programme is part of the PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC Partnership in Green Chemistry for Life. The grants aim to provide support for green chemistry solutions and to encourage the elaboration by young scientists of projects that focus on the designing of sustainable products and processes that minimize or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. One of the grants provides support for a research project on the use of phosphogypsum, a by-product generated in great quantities when producing phosphoric acid and phosphate fertilizers.

The call for applications for the 2020 Green Chemistry research grants for young scientists, including the special grant for research projects on phosphogypsum, is open until 25 April 2020.

In 2019, seven innovative research projects were awarded to promising young scientists. The formal award-giving ceremony was held in the framework of the World Science Day for Peace and Development that took places at UNESCO headquarters in Paris (France) on 8 November 2019. The recipients of the 2019 Green Chemistry for Life grants are as follows:

Dr Sara Abdel Hamid Abdel Gaber, Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Kafrelsheikh University, Egypt; Phytomediated Green Synthesis of Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications

Dr Jesús Campos Manzano, Institute for Chemical Research (IIQ), CSIC-University of Sevilla, Spain; Tandem Catalysis for Plastic Degradation

Dr María Antonieta Fernández-Herrera, Laboratory of Biomolecules and Biomaterials, Department of Applied Physics, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados, Mexico; Development of plant growth regulators for habanero pepper from Yucatan Peninsula through an eco-friendly chemical transformation of steroidal sapogenins

Dr Galina Kalashnikova, Nanomaterials Research Centre of the Federal Research Centre “Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences” (FRC KSC RAS), Russian Federation; The development of a universal and green method for the granulation of synthetic titanosilicate materials (sorbents, catalysts, recoverable matrices) created based on end-product waste from regional ore-enrichment and metallurgical plants

Dr Wilbert Mtangi, Institute of Materials Science, Processing and Engineering Technology, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe; Hydrogen generation using chiral photoelectrodes for water splitting

Dr Abu Ashfaqur Sajib, Laboratory of Molecular Biotechnology, Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh; Novel multifunctional enzyme for biofuel production from lignocellulosic wastes

And for the special grant for research on Phosphogypsum:

Dr Hamdy Hefny, Central Metallurgical Research and Development Institute (CMRDI), Egypt; Utilization of Phosphogypsum for Heavy Metals Immobilization in Contaminated Soil and Extraction of Useful Materials

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