UNESCO Grants Iranian scientist for green chemistry

TEHRAN, Jun. 24 (MNA) – UNESCO announced the list of 6 scientific projects it is going to support and among them is one from Iran.

The Iranian young scientist Dr. Mehdi Mohammadi is one of the six researchers who are going to receive the support of the Green Chemistry for Life project which was created by UNESCO, PhosAgro and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) to promote the sustainable use and design of chemicals and chemical processes.

Along with 113 applications, Dr Mohammadi’s proposal was evaluated by an international scientific jury composed of renowned scientists representing leading international, regional and national chemical institutions.

The 35-year-old Iranian is going to work on enzymatic production of biodiesel from waste oil by using two lipases covalently immobilized on magnetic silica nanocomposite; the use of green isocyanide-based multicomponent reaction for enzyme immobilization.

Launched in 2013, the Green Chemistry for Life Project is to support young scientists who find ways to reduce (or eliminate) the production and use of hazardous substances in mining and in the design, manufacture and application of chemical products, and may also lead to energy savings and a better environment and health.

Born in 1980, Dr Mohammadi earned his PhD of Organic Chemistry from Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran in 2011 and has published 24 papers so far along with presenting in 18 conferences. Last year, he received the research grant from the World Academy of Sciences.

 

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