• Question: What impact will your work as a scientist make on the world?

    Asked by grace.fahy to Ahmed, Francesca, George, James, Nitheen on 12 Nov 2014. This question was also asked by 352susa48.
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      James Sullivan answered on 12 Nov 2014:

      Hi Grace,

      My work aims to clean up polluted emissions from power sources, as well as to redesign processes such that pollution does not happen.
      This would improve air and water quality as well as decreasing the costs of generating power and chemicals.
      Air pollution kills hundreds of thousands of people every year.

      Another aspect of my work is in the use of catalysts to make renewable fuels. This would decrease our reliance on fossil fuels, which are depleting, and also decrease the amounts of new carbon dioxide we are putting into the atmosphere. carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that leads to global warming.


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      Francesca Paradisi answered on 13 Nov 2014:

      Hopefully will help developing industrial processes which are less polluting to the environment, more energy efficient and also faster! I know it’s a very ambitious project!

    • Photo: Nitheen Kaperi

      Nitheen Kaperi answered on 13 Nov 2014:

      Hi Grace,
      My work in synthesizing unnatural amino acids will allow future generations of scientists to make better sensors and opens up possibilities in protein engineering.

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      Ahmed Osman answered on 17 Nov 2014:

      Hi grace.fahy
      thanks for this brilliant question

      Firstly I am working on the production of renewable and environmentally friend fuel from the agriculture waste (like grass, wood, etc)
      you know that the fuel that car uses is fossil fuel and mostly of it is imported ( in case of Northern Ireland 90% of the energy fuel is imported) so we have two problem with fuel, the first is importation and secondly it makes lots of pollution.
      We can solve this problem in just one step if we produce the fuel from the agricultural waste (the Northern Ireland land is covered by 76% by green like grass), this will save up to 40% of our use and the produced fuel called Dimethyl Ether is clean (where there is no smoke when it is ignited in cars) the process that we use to produce this fuel is anaerobic digestion. It is a natural process where plant and animal materials ( biomass) are broken down by micro-organisms in the absence of air.
      I think this new fuel will make the life happy