Work at Flinders University to test and commercialize a new method to remove mercury pollution from land and water, using polymers that were recovered and repurposed to absorb the pollutants, will progress this year with an $80,000 Australian Government environmental science grant.
As a commodity, the least valuable part of the wheat grain is the bran – the outer coating of the kernel, which is typically sold as animal feed. Now researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have developed a process to extract valuable biomolecules from this offal which could be used as antioxidants, prebiotics and even food packaging material.
The focus of this grant will be toward optimizing existing methodology and reactor technology toward gram-scale photochemical reactions in greener solvents using substrates that are employed widely in the pharmaceutical industry, such as heterocycles and heavily functionalized intermediates. One grant is planned to be awarded and the total award is limited to $50,000 for a grant period of 12 months.
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