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ACU Blue Charter fellowship success

Posted on 8 January 2019

Green Chemistry first year PhD student Parul Johar has been awarded an ACU Blue Charter fellowship of £10,000.

Parul Johar

Parul is one of a cohort of 35 successful applicants to be awarded the prestigious ACU (Association of Commonwealth Universities) Blue Charter fellowship. The programme provides funding for talented researchers to travel from an ACU member university to a host institution in another country, for research work themed around addressing the critical global issue of marine plastics, which are drastically affecting the health of our oceans and marine life.

Parul is carrying out a PhD in the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE), Department of Chemistry, University of York, under the supervision of Professor James Clark, Dr Avtar Matharu and Dr Rob McElroy. She is investigating the use of certain types of plants with the ability to capture metals as feedstocks for making metal-based catalysts that can be used in important industrial chemical processes.

The fellowship awards Parul a grant of £10,000 to fund a research visit to the University of Melbourne, Australia, from January 2019 to March 2019, where she will be collaborating with Professor Amanda Ellis.

The Commonwealth Blue Charter is an agreement by all 53 Commonwealth countries to actively co-operate to solve ocean-related problems and meet commitments for sustainable ocean development. The Blue Charter fellowships will support world-class research and innovation in marine plastics, and help fulfil the objectives of the Commonwealth Marine Plastics Research and Innovation Framework.

Reflecting on her fellowship success, Parul said: “I am honoured to be one of the recipients of the ACU Blue Charter Fellowship. My research project will cover the broad areas of sustainable design, plastics waste management and Green Chemistry".

Also reflecting her talent, Parul was awarded a Wild Platinum Scholarship earlier in the year to fund her PhD studies. This Scholarship Fund was established by Chemistry alumnus, Dr Tony Wild, to fund Chemistry research students at York.