475804 A Green Chemistry Approach for Producing Non-Synthetic Pesticide in Under-Developed Regions
This project is based on applying the principles of sustainability, appropriate technology and green chemistry with chemical and mechanical engineering to develop a technology and processes that will provide rural people in developing countries with the ability to produce wood vinegar in addition to their production of biochar. To achieve this objective, four tasks were completed:
- Design and optimize a production method for generating wood vinegar by pyrolysis of locally available biomass.
- Determine the composition of the wood vinegar and its variance as different biomasses are pyrolyzed.
- Conduct field studies in Cameroon, Uganda and India for the use of wood vinegar as a pesticide, herbicide, and fungicide to enhance its effectiveness.
- Mechanical design and fabrication plans for making wood vinegar using locally sourced construction materials to implement the prototype together with our research partners.
Because the individuals in Cameroon, Uganda and India were already familiar with the process of making biochar, this research will be especially important since the process proposed by the research team adds a value added co-product to the production of a product that already enjoys widespread use. This is a key hallmark of sustainable product design.
This project is a co-recipient of the 2016 AIChE YCOSST P3 Award.
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