Alumni Project

Innovative Materials for Environmental Rehabilitation

Laboratory Study

Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. Its prevention and slowing down are discussed daily. But what about the destruction that already exists and is getting worse? How can the numerous damages caused by climate change be repaired? Part of the answer could come from our planet itself. Various materials have properties and capabilities that could mitigate or even rehabilitate the negative impacts of environmental pollution. 

Studying microporous polymers used for environmental remediation

Various industrial activities pollute the atmosphere and freshwater sources with dyes and carbon dioxide. These substances are not only harmful to humans, but also to nature in general, threatening important biological systems and mechanisms on which humanity depends. In this AGYA project, AGYA alumni Prof. Dr. Bassam Alameddine and Prof. Dr. Samir Lounis plan to develop innovative materials for environmental remediation. New microporous polymers derived from organometallic iron(II) clathrochelate building blocks may be able to remove industrial pollution from the atmosphere and freshwater. Various laboratory tests are being conducted to test the stability and properties of the new, synthesized materials for storing gas and capturing carbon dioxide. The study will be conducted in close cooperation with research groups from Kuwait, USA, and India.

Emphasizing the continuous efforts carried out by AGYA members to develop innovative materials for environmental remediation applications, the project will deepen the research collaborations with Algeria established within the AGYA project ‘Maghrebian-German Partnership on Modelling and Simulations of Physical Properties of Nanomaterials’ conducted in 2020. Together with the AGYA project ‘Development of Silk-based Nanocomposites for Superior Oily Wastewater Separation’ it reinforces AGYA members’ efforts to engage in innovative research, tackling global environmental challenges.