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International Green Biotechnology Network grows from University’s international visiting academic scheme

A visit to Teesside University from one of India’s top environmental scientists, Professor Chinnaiya Namasivayam from Bharathiar University, has resulted in the development of novel products using garden grass.

 Three MSc research projects, jointly led by Professor Chinnaiya Namasivayam and his Teesside host Dr. Pattanathu Rahman, focused on modifying green-waste to produce material suitable for removing toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury from water and wastewater.

The projects demonstrated that surface modification of biomass from grass led to significant removals of these metallic pollutants from contaminated water.

Following this work, the North East England-Tamil Nadu research network (NEEDIL) was established in summer 2010. This network, consisting of over 20 scientists and industrialists from the UK and India, is led by Dr. Rahman and Dr. Ennis (Teesside University), Professor Burgess (Newcastle University) and Professor Namasivayam. Recently the NEEDIL group organized a three-day workshop at VIT University in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, on the topic ‘Carbon dioxide sequestration by microalgae: developing green technologies and processes for a cleaner world’.

The funding for the workshop was provided jointly by the UK’s Royal Society and India’s Department of Science and Technology.

As a result of this prestigious event which was widely covered in two national newspapers – the Hindu and the Indian Express – and a number of Tamil newspapers, more than 20 potential project activity areas have been identified for co-ordinated collaborative research within the NEEDIL network.

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Hindu National Daily report

21 May 2012 | Grapevine 122