Green Elsevier

The Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge has rewarded work on chemistry that taps native plants, such as cashew nuts, to tackle mosquito-borne diseases through the development of environmentally friendly insecticides and work that focused on eco-remediation of land devastated by crude oil spills in Nigeria. Five finalists pitched their projects to a panel of judges in Berlin, Germany, having been selected from around 700 submissions. First prize went to Dênis Pires de Lima for work on insecticides from cashews and second prize went to Chioma Blaise Chikere for work in Nigeria. “The competition shows us how science can serve society by helping to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” explains Hannfried von Hindenburg, Senior Vice President of Global Communications at Elsevier.