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Green Chemistry for Life

Dear friends,

The combination of rapid growth in our planet’s population and ever-faster technological progress continue to fuel rising demand for natural resources and, as a consequence, greater impact on our environment. This is why the overarching priority for the scientific community must be to develop technologies that support continued progress while minimising our environmental footprint. We must preserve our planet in all its natural diversity for the generations to come.

The highest levels of environmental safety are key prerequisites for any new production capacity. I am pleased to note that the chemical industry has become a driver of this process. That is why we joined forces with UNESCO and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) to support young scientists and researchers who are working to create eco-friendly technologies. 

I am confident that Green Chemistry for Life will become a successful example of collaboration between science and industry in setting new principles for progress that take responsibility for ensuring that future generations will continue to flourish. I am deeply grateful to the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Commission for UNESCO Affairs for supporting our initiatives. I have every hope that our joint programmes with UNESCO and IUPAC will provide a substantial boost to research by young scientists, and will lend significant impetus to scientific research under the Green Chemistry for Life initiative.
Sincerely yours,

Andrey Guryev
PhosAgro CEO,
member of the Russian Federation
UNESCO Commission

About the Project

The initiative is implemented with the support of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Commission of the Russian Federation for the UNESCO. The Company has allocated the total of USD 1,400,000 to support the Project in the course of five years. The Project aims to address global challenges of sustainable growth focusing on financial and scientific support to promising young scientists specialising in innovative technologies in the field of Green Chemistry. These technologies are intended to solve the problems of environment and health safety, food supply, efficient use of energy and natural resources.

The jury was formed under the UNESCO and IUPAC auspices and comprised prominent chemistry scientists, teachers and researchers. High level of the international jury competence ensured an unbiased and thorough examination of the received applications. 

Research grants for young scientists

Winners of the first three rounds of the five-year Green Chemistry for Life programme


Dr. Thibault CantatFrance“Sustainable synthesis of methylated amines and phosphines from carbon dioxide”
Mostafa GasserEgypt“Development of optical sensors for heavy metals determination in drinking water”
Juan Carlos Rodriguez-ReyesPeru“Materials chemistry as a critical tool for greener mining activities: Decreasing the use of cyanide by unravelling the physical-chemical properties of depleted minerals”
Anastasia HubinaUkraine“Polysaccharide-based membranes for fuel cells”
Professor Ning YanSingapore“Towards Ocean Based Biorefinery: Harnessing Shellfish Derived Chitin for Pyrrole and Acetic Acid via Hydrothermal Conversion”
Dr. Sharifah Rafidah Wan AliMalaysia“Study of papaya peel waste as adsorbent for efficient lead (ii) removal from wastewater”


Dr Alexander BissemberAustralia«Разработка новых практичных и недорогих медных фотокатализаторов видимого света»
Dr Daniele LeonoriItalia«Катализаторы фотохимического окисления-восстановления в области видимого спектра для обработки азотных радикалов»

Dr Mehdi Mohammadi

Iran«Энзимное производство биодизеля из отработанного масла с использованием липазы, ковалентно иммобилизованной на магнитном кремниевом нанокомпозите. Использование зеленой реакции изоцианистого основания для иммобилизации энзимов»
Dr Allan Mark PriorSouth Africa«Био-обновляемый и био-катализируемый синтез высших органических соединений из анакардовой кислоты из кожуры орехов кешью, побочного продукта переработки в Африке»
Dr Natalia QuiciArgentina«От отходов к топливу: печать газового реактора на 3D-принтере для снижения стоимости фотокаталитического синтеза, снижающего выделение CO2 при обработке воды»
Dr Svilen SimeonovBulgaria«Новый процесс переработки биологических веществ для конверсии гидрокарбонатов в ценное сырье»


Ahmed Shebl Elsayed SayedEgypt“Eco-friendly synthetic route of nanofertilizers”
Alsu I. AkhmetshinaRussia“Green separation: the novel acid gases separation membranes designed using poly(ionic liquids)”
Ignacio CarreraUruguay“Mononuclear non-heme iron oxygenases as biocatalysts for green C-H amination reactions”
Muhammad IsmailPakistan“Safe and Eco-Friendly Green Botanical Pesticides for Sustainable in Agriculture”
Enrico RaveraItaly“Remediation of contaminated water by very efficient bionanocatalysts (ReCoVer)”
Wycliffe Chisutia WanyonyiKenya“Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Feathers using a Newly Isolated thermo-stable Alkaline Protease for the Formulation of Animal Feeds and Cosmetics” 


Dr. Ariel Marcelo SarottiArgentinaInnovation in the transformation of urban and industrial waste into high valuable chemicals 
Dr. Shumaila KiranPakistanModulation of radiation induced green dyeing of natural fibers using plant derived natural dyes
Dr. Maja StanisavljevicBosnia and HerzegovinaHybrid Metallic/Carbon Nanomaterials Made from Mining Industry Sludge and Their Applications in Adsorption/Catalysis Treatment of Emerging Pharmaceuticals in Water
Dr. Maria Ventura Sanchez-HorneroSpainFrom Waste to Sustainability: Application of phosphogypsum as Heterogeneous Catalysts and Useful Materials
Dr. Mohamed NeifarTunisieDéveloppement de fertilisants biologiques pour une agriculture durable en Tunisie
Dr. Damien DebeckerBelgiumGReen-flOW: From alcohol to enantio-pure amines using heterogeneous biocatalysts in a green continuous flow chemical process
Dr. Abosede Olufunso OlumideNigeriaCo-crystals and Metal Complexes of Some Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients: Synthesis, Structural Elucidation and Applications

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