Winning researchers find unique ways to recycle wastewater and increase crop pollination

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

“Chemistry can play a key role in finding practical solutions to urgent challenges” – juror in Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge.

Dr Ramia Albakain (left), Associate Professor in the University of Jordan Department of Chemistry and  Dr Ankur Patwardhan (right), Head of the Department of Biodiversity at Abasaheb Garware College in Pune, India, won the 2 prizes of the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge 2019.

A cost-effective wastewater solution in Jordan and a plan to enhance butterfly pollination of crops: those were the winning projects in the Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge.

Dr Ramia Albakain of Jordan was awarded the first prize of €50,000 to for her “New green technique to remove toxic metal from wastewater” project, while the second prize of €25,000 went to Dr Ankur Patwardhan of India for his proposal “Butterfly attractant for pollination and ecosystem health.”

Finalists presented their projects earlier this month at the 4th Green & Sustainable Chemistry Conference in Dresden, Germany. Read more about their projects in the Elsevier Connect article: Winning researchers find unique ways to recycle wastewater and increase crop pollination”, written by our Program Officer, Domiziana Francescon.