Cashews to combat mosquitoes? Top 5 proposals for the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

Published: Monday 20th March 2017
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Nearly 700 proposals were submitted to this year’s Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge, jointly run by the Elsevier Foundation and Elsevier’s chemistry journals team. The contest invites applicants worldwide to submit ideas for chemistry solutions addressing sustainability challenges in the developing world – energy, water, waste reduction, recyclability, chemistry, agriculture, medicine and more. After an extensive review process, the scientific jury selected five finalists, who will have the opportunity to pitch their proposals at the 2nd Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference in Berlin May 14 to 17. First and second place winners will be announced during the conference, with the first prize winner receiving €50,000 and the second prize winner €25,000, to further develop their research. Projects were judged for reproducibility and scalability as well as their innovative potential.


 The Finalists

Dr. Alvaro Orjuela, National University of Colombia (UNAL), Colombia

Biobased polyurethanes: raw-materials from used cooking oils


Dr. Dênis Pires de Lima, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), Brazil

Biosurfactants to Combat Mosquito-Borne Diseases


Dr. Chioma Blaise Chikere, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Crude oil-polluted site ecorestoration, Niger Delta, Nigeria


Dr. Amandeep Singh Oberoi, Chitkara University, India

Electrochemical storage of hydrogen in activated charcoal


Flavie Prézélus, Federal University of Toulouse (UFT), France

Green membranes to provide safe drinking water