An-Najah Alumni Among Winners of the Green Talents Competition 2019
On Thursday, October 24, 2019, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Berlin honored the winners of the Green Talents Competition 2019 during a festive award ceremony.
A selected international high level jury of experts honored Mrs. Manar Abdalrazeq, An-Najah Graduate from the Department of Chemistry, and PhD Student in Biotechnology at the University of Naples Federico II, along with 24 young researchers from 21 different countries as Green Talents.
Mrs. Abdalrazeq, has been working on the development and production of the so called "bioplastics". Bioplastics are obtained from plant or animal feedstock and can be easily degraded by enzymes present in different microorganisms or are even edible.
Her research focuses on the utilization of milk whey, which is accumulated as waste in large quantities by the dairy industry in the production of cheese and curd. While whey is not easily disposable, it contains a lot of functional proteins such as ß-Lacto globulin that bear potential to be used for creating packaging films.
The jury was impressed by the highly significant and interesting research topic of the young Palestinian scientist, who is the first Palestinian woman to receive this award among 25 Green Talents awardees of 2019 out of 21 countries.
Awarded annually since 2009, this year's winners were selected out of 837 applicants from 97 countries. These awardees represent tomorrow's leading scientists in the field of sustainable development.