Korean wins first green & sustainable chemistry award
Yunsang Kim, a Korean scholar from the University of Georgia, USA won the top prize in the first green and sustainable chemistry challenge announced by Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany, and information solutions provider Elsevier, for his project “Sustainable Textile Dyeing using Nanocellulosic Fibres”
Suzana Yusup from the Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia took the second prize for her project “Biopesticide for Improvement of Paddy Yield” . The winning projects demonstrate the diversity and creativity of green and sustainable chemistry, Leuphana University said in a press release.
Yunsang Kim was awarded a prize of 50,000 euros. 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.
“I am really happy and overwhelmed in winning this prize,” said Kim. “I feel responsible now for developing this project to the next stage and I will do my best for that. I want to thank Elsevier and the jury members for this Green and Sustainable Chemistry award.”
“In recent years, research on green chemistry has increased tremendously, yet research is still scattered and awareness of its importance is low,” said Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer, Director of the Institute of Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry at Leuphana University and member of the judging panel. “This is why Leuphana and Elsevier launched this challenge and organized the conference. With our initiatives we want to bring experts and communities together in order to foster exchange and jointly develop solutions for the environmental challenges we are facing.”
“Sustainability is a topic that affects us all. Developed as well as developing countries have to rethink their industrial culture and assume responsibility for their ecological footprint”, said Philippe Terheggen PhD, Managing Director at Elsevier. “It is evident that chemistry can contribute significantly to a sustainable future.”
Elsevier and Leuphana launched the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge in 2015 to support and enhance sustainable research in the field of chemistry. The challenge aims to promote projects that offer environmentally friendly and sustainable processes, products and resources applicable for use in developing countries. Nearly 500 submissions were rated by an international jury, and five finalists presented their projects earlier this week during the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference in Berlin. (SH)
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