The Environment Division (EN) of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) is collaborating with the Working Towards Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (WIDE) Member Resource Group of the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) to promote work that enhances the diversity of ideas and people in Canadian environmental research.

This month they are happy to feature the photo “Enhanced rock weathering” submitted by Professor Rafail M. Santos at the University of Guelph.

Clays, natural resources find applications in various fields: cosmetics, pottery, industry, building materials. Their use in organic chemistry as catalysts has shown their efficiency and contributed to the development of environmentally friendly chemical processes. However, it is necessary to characterize these materials to know its chemical composition and its physicochemical properties. Kaolin is widely used in pharmaceutical and medical applications. The date palm is the main crop of the oases of the Sahara. This culture is threatened by Bayoud, a date palm disease caused by Fusariumoxysporumalbedinis (Foa). As part of the effective anti-fungal synthesis against Bayoud, a disease of date palms through the use of Crude Clay as a green catalyst, we have chosen the following approaches: We adopted a strategy for our realization of organic synthesis; based on the aza Michael reaction will be respectful of the environment, so-called green synthesis

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