Project Details Green Chemistry - creation and implementation of international cooperation in teaching and investigations

Project No.:
2008-017-4-300
Start Date:
01 July 2009
End Date:
31 December 2011

Objective

This project is aimed to provide the platform for chemists from developed and developing countries historically linked through THE GREAT SILK WAY to find collaborators for fruitful development of interdisciplinary green chemistry projects, both in science and in education, including public enlightenment, through establishing the network centered in Russia; to improve quality and to widen green chemistry collaboration from the West to the East.

Description

Green chemistry provides a fruitful field for cooperation because it covers many directions of modern chemistry and creates a real platform for sustainable development. There are several networks in this field created in America and Europe, but it is still necessary to coordinate efforts of developed and developing countries. Successful 2nd International IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry (Sept. 2008) held in Russia attracted many participants from Eastern countrues possessing historical links to Russia  (China, India, Iran, NIS and Middle East countries). It was underlined during the conference, that the great need exists to shift green chemistry networking to the East to create effective coordination in cooperative investigations through discussions, round-tables, workshops and joint projects. Nowadays Asian countries are producing great quantity of “green” investigations, but their quality needs to be improved and extended. The most attractive fields of cooperation are topics of (a) supercritical fluids (theory and practice), (b) environmental problems in the light of green chemistry, (c) ionic liquids for synthesis; (d) catalysis; (e) chemical substances from natural feedstock and (f) educational problems (new courses in green chemistry and inclusion of the elements of green chemistry into existing chemical courses). Main efforts during the project will be directed to regular virtual and personal contacts between groups and countries in collaboration, to improve the links among the countries of the former GREAT SILK WAY. The project will promote the service of chemistry to society in both developed and developing countries and will help foster green chemistry in developing countries and in countries in transition.

Progress

May 2008 – A workshop was held on 16-17 March 2008 in Dhaka, Bangladesh; read chair’s report [pdf file – 37KB]

All the Core Task Group members, two inducted members and eight Scientists from Bangladesh attended the Workshop. presided over by the Task Group Chair. The Chair introduced the Draft Project Document to the participants of the workshop. After detailed discussions it was concluded that several parts of the document will be rewritten with inclusion of Mission Statement, Goals and Objectives as revised in the meeting. Some other important decisions were also taken which include identification of Initial Focus Areas (Metabolic Syndromes such as Diabetes, Hypertension and Dyslipidemia, Viral Hepatitis, Gastrointestinal Disorders and Skin Diseases) and main Divisions (Industrial and Public Liasion, R&D, Administration and Support Services) of ICNPR.

Seven Working Groups were also formed and the Chair was given the responsibility of coordinating the activing of the Working Groups. The first Group comprising of Prof M Iqbal Choudhary, Prof Barry Noller, Prof Vijaya Kumar and Prof Geoffrey Cordell (included after the Workshop) has finalized the Project Proposal Document which is being scrutinized by the International Advisory Board (IAB) formed for giving guidelines to ICNPR from time to time. The Project will be submitted to the Bangladesh Government in July 2009 for endorsement.

June 2009 – As pledged in the Workshop, the Bangladesh Institute of Health Sciences (BIHS), an enterprise of the Bangladesh Diabetic Association, has recognised ICNPR as one of its Centre and the Chair has been given the designation of Honorary Director to implement the ICNPR project. For the purpose, BIHS has provided office space for ICNPR in its temporary location in Dhaka. Two Research Fellows and an Attendant have also been provided to work full time for ICNPR and preliminary work has already started.