The Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

The Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

Scientific Track: Our partner, the Elsevier Foundation, has announced the Top 5, please check this link to access the list

Entrepreneurial Track: We are proud to announce the seven contestants our experts have selected for the next stage. The founders of these start-ups were asked to give a more detailed description of their enterprise or invention.

  • Sani Nababa Abdulmumin, Tomatoes post-harvest loss reduction via edible coating (Para-excel Global Limited, Nigeria)
  • Jacqueline Cruz Loayza, Isemar Cruz, Le Qara Bioleather, an eco-friendly leather substitute (Le Qara, Peru)
  • Carlos Cabera, Circular ingredients for a sustainable food chain (Greencovery B.V., Netherlands)
  • Stafford Sheeshan, Carbon Dioxide Conversion to Ethanol (Air Company, USA)
  • Joseph Barforoush, Dual Element Matrix (DEM) Water Electrolyzer (Avium, USA)
  • Christina Acuna, Recycling of styrofoam waste (Idea-Tec, Chile)
  • Dannie van Osch, A bio oil for producing materials, chemicals and energy (Vertoro, Netherlands)

Within the following weeks, three finalists are selected by our jurors Prof. Joel Tickner, Prof. Carol Lin, and Dr Claudio Cinquemani, ISC3.

The Prizes

The Elsevier Foundation and the ISC3 believe that chemistry plays a critical role in developing a sustainable future. Chemists have a distinct responsibility to develop innovations, products, and processes to tackle the major global challenges. The Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge strives to stimulate innovative chemistry research that helps the environment and low-resource communities.

The Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge, organized in close partnership between ISC3 and the Elsevier Foundation, consists of three titles:

Two Scientific Prizes: the winning project will receive a prize of €50,000, while the runner up will be awarded €25,000.

One Entrepreneurial Prize: €25,000 will be awarded for the winner of the "Entrepreneurial Spirit in Sustainable Chemistry Award."

All three prizes of the Challenge will be awarded at the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference, 8 - 11 November 2020, in Dresden/Germany.

The Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge is jointly run by the Elsevier Foundation, Elsevier’s chemistry journals team, and the ISC3. The Challenge is open to individuals and non-profit organizations whose projects use green and sustainable chemistry solutions to tackle some of the developing world’s most significant sustainability challenges, such as water, sanitation, or energy.

The Entrepreneurial Track

The “Entrepreneurial Spirit in Sustainable Chemistry Award” is financed by the ISC3 and aims to inspire the scientific community to bring sustainable solutions to the markets. Honored are ideators and entrepreneurs who strive to solve urgent environmental and social issues of contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Award has been handed out since 2019 and is worth 25,000 EUR, promoting entrepreneurs in the field of sustainable chemistry with inspiring innovations. The judging panel of experts evaluates start-ups in terms of market potential, business models, technological innovation, and impact, as well as its transformative potential for developing and emerging countries. If applicants have developed projects in high-income countries, an appropriate knowledge transfer to developing countries is required, for example, through local implementation partners.

Criteria of "The Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge"

Meet the Judging Panel of the Entrepreneurial Prize

Dr. Carol Lin City

University of Hong Kong

Dr. Carol Lin is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Energy and Environment at the City University of Hong Kong. Her research group aims at valorising organic waste materials through bioconversion processes to recover their inherent nutrients for transformation into value-added products. Waste-based biorefinery not only provides a means for waste treatment, but also promotes the development of a circular economy with special focus on the development of integrated biorefinery strategies to valorise food and textile wastes.

Dr. Joel A. Tickner

University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell)

Joel Tickner is a Professor at the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences and a pioneer in making chemistry safer for people and the environment. His research focuses on the development of innovative scientific methods and policies to implement and accelerate the design and application of safer products and manufacturing processes. Tickner is an internationally respected expert on environmental health, green chemistry, chemicals policy, and pollution prevention and the founder of the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3), a powerful network of more than 120 companies, bringing together the entire value chain from chemical producers to major brands and retailers.

Dr. rer nat. Claudio Cinquemani

ISC3 Bonn, Germany

Claudio Cinquemani is Director for Science and Innovation at the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) where he analyses and fosters innovative ideas and works on strategies for sustainable chemical solutions. He studied Environmental Engineering in Germany, Spain and New Zealand and additionally holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Academic research in biochemistry and green solvents led him to a position in industry, where he optimized polymer use for technical applications. His interest has always been in developing green and sustainable processes for industrial applications.

Meet the Judging Panel of the Scientific Prizes