Green Chemicals Innovate the Future!


Participating teams should stick to the development concept of innovation, coordination, green, openness, and sharing and theme of green chemistry and chemical engineering to connect with new materials, new energy, environment protection, smart manufacture, process control, and health and safety to create innovative products, services or entrepreneurial practice for highlighting greener synthesis, reaction conditions and chemical design concept, and possess scientific and technological innovation achievements (such as academic papers, R & D projects, rewarded R & D achievements, academic monograph, patent, research report etc.) and relatively mature technology, product, innovative service and implementation plan.


This year's Contest specially offers designated topics, for which you can come up with practical solutions or achievements. You can also select from the following six angles to offer innovative design or achievements.

Green Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

+ New Materials

+ smart manufacture

+ others

+ new energy

+ process control

+ environment protection

+ health & safety

This year's competition offers designated topics. The participating teams can provide practical and operable innovative solutions or entrepreneurial practice results according to specific topics. The specific topics are as follows:​​

1. Air Quality Monitoring and Improvement

2. Gas Separation and Organic Solvent Purification (e.g. Solvent in Semiconductor Industry)

3. Plastics Recycling (Including 3D Printing Residue)​

4. Recycling of Pressure Vessels for Chemical Industry

5. Replacement of Multi-material Composite Packaging by Total (mono) Plastics​

6. Green/Reversible and Recyclable Rubber Chemistry​

7. New Application of Surfactant in Fine Chemistry

8. Synthesis and Purification Technology Development for Electronic Chemicals​

9. Light Weight Substitute of Metal Materials by High Strength Chemical Materials​

10. Material Solutions for Electric Vehicle & Lightweight Design for Automotive or Consumer Goods​

11. Electrification of Chemical Processes​

12. Energy KPI Monitoring and Optimization System​

13. Cooling Water Emission-reduction and Circular Use​

14. Application of AI in Chemistry and Chemical Materials​

15. Application of Biotechnology in Developing Safe and Environment-friendly Chemistry and Chemical Materials​

16. Robotics Application in Plant Operation and Maintenance​

17. Sustainable Agriculture with Smart Solution on Irrigation and Soil Quality Improvement​

18. Carbon Tracking & Capture (Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions)​

19. Green Energy and Useful Materials Extracted from Wastewater​

20. Smart Identification and Classification System of Waste​

21. E-commerce for Waste Marketplace​

22. Waste-flow Traceability Improvement through Blockchain​

23. Interflow and Sharing of Hazardous Chemicals Statistics​

24. Industrial Solutions for Biodegradable Buffer Materials

25. Biodegradable Wearable Electronic Eevices

26. Development and Application of New Green Technologies, Equipments and Processes in Chemical Production 

27. Development and Application of Advanced Chemical Materials



This competition is divided into entrepreneurial innovation group and entrepreneurial practice group:
(1)Innovation Group
The team possesses innovative achievements in green chemistry and chemical engineering + new materials, new energy, environment protection, smart manufacture, process control, health & safety etc. to form innovative product upgrading or market exploration advice with complete project proposal for achievement transformation.
(2)Entrepreneurship Group
The participating start-up should conduct innovative practices in the fields of green chemistry and chemical engineering + new materials, new energy, environment protection, smart manufacture, process control, health & safety etc. The applicant should be legal representative or technical director of the start-up.

2. Requirements for Innovation Group

Aiming at undergraduates, graduate students, full-time non-adult education undergraduates, graduates, young university teachers and young scientific and technological workers in universities and research institutes. To participate in a team, each team must have at least 3 people, including a team leader (project leader), and each team must have at least one instructor.

3. Requirements for Entrepreneurship Group

Startups and teams at home or abroad, have registered companies and have basic product and service prototypes, seeking commercial scale.

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Air Quality Monitoring / Testing and Improvement


In recent years, air pollution prevention and control and air quality testing capability building are raised more attention. The emission standards and the supervision and administration on polluters are becoming stricter, which is attracting more and more attention on the development of real-time online air monitoring technologies and device and air pollution prevention, treatment and control technologies.


Air monitoring and testing technologies (on-line monitoring, site/lab testing).

Air pollution prevention, treatment and control technologies.

Purification of Organic Solvents Used for 

Semiconductor Industry


Membrane separation technology is gaining its recognition as a sustainable separation technology, which has been applied in applications like wastewater treatment, desalt of sea water. Evonik is offering membrane products based on its high performance polymers, which helps increasing efficiency and lowering energy consumption for various production processes. The Organic Solvent Nanofiltration membrane (OSN) from Evonik, provides unique high efficiency in separating organic solvents, even at atmosphere temperature, thus avoiding phase changing of liquid substances, saving energy and emission while realizing sustainable development.

Focusing on developing membrane material and membrane separation technology, Evonik want to explore new applications as well as new business models.

Lithium-ion battery and semiconductor industries are gaining its momentum in China, and various organic solvents are used in the production processes. As the industries are booming, the necessity of recycling and purifying organic solvents has become a topic. There is a demand to develop technologies with low energy consumption and a sustainability benefit.


Evonik would like to explore various ways of realizing
energy conservation and environmental friendly ways of organic solvents recycling, for example, the optimal way of recycling by utilizing distillation and membrane separation technology, in order to realize sustainable development of recycling of organic solvents.

Recycling of Plastics (including 3D printing residues)


Plastics recycling and reuse is one of the main business sectors of SUEZ. We are dealing with waste plastics every day from collection, sorting, treatment to recycling. We adopt advanced and digitalized environment-friendly solutions to bring “new life” to “old plastics”. This challenge mainly targets at innovative solutions in the full cycle of recycling and recovery process for all types of plastics. We hope to create a “no waste plastic world” together with our outstanding candidates.


Collection, sorting, treatment, recycling and O&M
technologies for plastics which are advanced, digitalized and environmentally friendly.

Recycling of PA12 (including 3D printing powder)


More and more brands or products with environmental protection concepts have been accepted and favored by consumers in the end market along with the deepening of the environmental protection idea in recent years. Many market-leading consumer goods brands have clearly stated in their social responsibility reports that they will increase the proportion of environmentally friendly materials year by year, until they completely replace non-environmentally friendly materials. The concept of environmentally friendly materials varies. The synthetic monomers can be bio-based. The production waste can be reused. The finished products can be recycled. The materials can degrade in the nature after being processed. And carbon emissions can be reduced by improving material processing flows.


PA12, the star product of Evonik’s High Performance
Polymers business line, in the form of either pellet or powder, is widely used in various fields. As an advanced chemical company with a strong sense of social responsibility, we are willing to work with companies with innovative solutions in material recycling to jointly develop relevant products for market and customers, thus contributing to the sustainable development of the environment and economy.

Recycling fo Plastics


Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) looks for innovative solutions in plastic recycling that promote a circular economy, especially for PE (polyethylene), PP (polypropylene) and PC (polycarbonate). The solution can be mechanical recycling, chemical recycling or any other innovative solution across the value chain.

Chemical Packaging Container Recycling Projects


Involved: Green chemical + Environment protection

Types of packaging containers for non-hazardous goods and hazardous goods:
Recycling, cleaning, and reuse of 209-liter non-opening iron drums;
1000 kg PP IBC or foldable (with inner lining) IBC recycling.


Please identify the overall cost and benefit, recycling path, safety control, quality control, and traceability.

All (single) Plastic Packaging to

Substitute Composite Packing Materials 

(for Recycling Purposes)


The current packaging solution consists of different materials for various functionality,  which cannot be easily separated. This multi-material structure increases the difficulty of recycling and impact on economics.


Design an innovative structure to improve recyclability while maintaining similar packaging functionalities without compromising too much on existing value chain.

Green / Reversible / Recyclable Rubber Chemistry


Crosslinked rubber normally cannot be reverted back into its original pre-crosslinked status, which makes rubber hard to be recyclable and therefore less green.


Develop technology / new cure chemistry that cured rubber can be de-crosslinked under certain condition and make it reusable without performance drop.

Application of Fatty Alcohol and its
Derivatives in Specialty Chemical Industry


In many specialty chemical applications, such as personal care, agrochemicals, coatings, lubricants, etc., various fatty alcohols (low carbon chain, high carbon chain, Guerbet, etc.) and their derivatives (surfactants, Esters, etc.) play an important role, such as additives and so on. They are often considered as “the MSG of industries”. Very often the same type of products will play similar or completely different roles when being used in different industries. Therefore, for manufacturers of fatty alcohols, surfactants, and esters, it is very important to develop and find new applications in different downstream fields.

This initiative looks to find innovative applications of fatty alcohols, surfactants and esters in various specialty chemical fields.


In the field of specialty chemicals and materials (consumer goods chemicals, agrochemicals, coatings, lubricants, etc.), develop or find new raw materials, new application fields and methods, new application evaluation methods, innovation platform and business model that are related to fatty alcohols, surfactants, and esters, etc.

Synthesis and Purification Technology Development for Electronic Chemicals


With the fast growing of semiconductor and electronic industry in China, ultrapure chemicals have been in high demand of both quantity and quality. In the mean time, new types of chemical have been developed to serve the industries.


To develop qualified ultrapure chemicals which can fulfill the demand of semiconductor and electronic industry by employing modern chemical synthesis as well as unite operation technology of purification.

Lightweight High-strength Materials 

as Alternatives to Metal Parts


It has become a trend to use plastic replacing metals to realize the lightweight design of industrial and consumer goods. Over the last 40 years, with the vision of “Making the World Lighter”, the lightweight structural foam ROHACELL® from Evonik has been used broadly in aerospace, airplane, automobile, medical and other industries to make high-performance composite material parts. It is a material with a wide range of applications and of high growth potential.


We’d like to explore the various applications of composite materials in transportation industry (including high speed train and electric vehicles) and to identify potential partners to expand the market of high-speed train and automobiles.

High Strength Chemical Material to

Replace Metal for Light-weighting


Plastics in general have less strength than metal counterparts, limiting the penetration to metal replacement for lightweighting.


Plastics in general have less strength than metal counterparts, limiting the penetration to metal replacement for lightweighting.

Required Capability


Application of PA12 in Electric Vehicles


PA12 is a classical long chain polyamide material for automotive applications for decades. It has excellent physical and chemical performance, especially under low temperature environment (-40C). PA 12 also have a wide range of applications in electric vehicles (EVs). For example, thanks to its superior hydrolysis and electrical properties, Evonik VESTAMID PA12 material has been used in cooling line and power bus bar application in power battery pack in EVs.

Meanwhile, the low density of PA12 material also contributes to the lightweight design of automobiles. With a more stringent emission regulation and higher demands on EVs, effective and stable operation of the power battery pack in EVs and light weight of the automobile will become more and more important.


We would like to see more PA12 in automotive applications,
especially in EVs. These can either be light weight design or fluid handling system, Overall, we’d like to contribute to energy conservation of auto industry.

Process Electrification


Chemical process electrification replaces the use of fossil fuels by enabling renewable energy. High-temperature applications are key in most chemical production methods and the power demand of a typical chemical process is enormous. 

The general trend in plant design is to replace rotating equipment based on steam turbines for electrical drives. Despite the higher costs for electricity, this process electrification reduces energy consumption and the plant’s carbon footprint significantly.

Energy KPI Monitoring and Optimization system


Involved: Green chemical industry; Big data analysis; Energy conservation and emission reduction

By analyzing the production data with big data and chemical mechanism model, the chemical unit control is optimized to achieve the goal of reducing energy consumption.


Based on the historical production data and chemical principle model, the optimal energy consumption control model is obtained, and the recommended process control mode is obtained by online production data, and the monitoring and the resulting data are visualized.

Cooling Water Emission Reduction and Recycling Project


Involved: Green chemical industry, circular economy

In the circulation process as cooling water system, part of the water will be evaporated. Meanwhile, the cooling water quality needs to be controlled within a certain index, so that we need to makeup and dose to it. The replacement method is to discharge a certain amount of cooling water from the system and add fresh water, adding fresh cooling water will reduce the concentration of the dosing agent. So, we usually add additional dosing chemicals, but this way will increase the operation cost.


Under the premise of ensuring that the quality of polluted water is in compliance with regulations , Using water quality index control methods , recycling this part of the discharged water as part of the cooling water supplement so as to achieve the goal of reducing the amount of polluted water to achieve recycling, while reducing the cost of chemical agent input.

Required Capability

Chemical Engineering (Major in water or polluted water treatment)

Automation and process control

Application of Artificial Intelligence in 

Chemistry and Chemical Materials


Artificial intelligence has been widely applied in material research, and its usage on material development can potentially reduce the development time and experimental cost to a great extent.


Develop tools/database to capture available material chemical structure-polymer structure-properties relationship, and further develop artificial intelligence targeting at predicting properties with various chemical structure/polymer structure.

Required Capability

Computer Science
Material Science

Application of Biotechnology in the Production of Chemicals

in a Safe and Environmental-friendly Way


As we know, compared with chemical process, the production of chemicals using biological way boasts mild process conditions and good biodegradability. However, there are several problems with organism itself, such as complicate composition of metabolites, low yield of target products and complex control conditions of scale-up production, leading to the difficulty in industrialization.

In recent years, with the rapid development of genome sequencing, gene modification technologies and biological fermentation process, the production of safe and environmental benign chemical raw materials by biotechnology has gradually become technically and commercially feasible. The production costs of some bulk chemical raw materials, such as amino acids and organic acids, have dropped sharply, while new products, such as biosurfactants and bioplastics, have gradually entered into the market.


Therefore, we aim to use biotechnology to develop a new active ingredient, esters, biopolymers, among others, for personal care and home care application.

Application of Robotics for O&M in Plants


With the rapid development of AI and robotics techs, robots have been able to replace human labor in many scenarios. In industrial factories, especially those plants which have high-level requirements on safety during O&M process, or have potential risks to operation staff, such as hazardous waste incineration plant, waste incineration plant, landfill site, WWTP, WTP, the application of robotics appears to be exceptionally promising.


This challenge aims to improve the O&M efficiency,  reduce operation risks, enhance the safety and stability of the production process, and improve the health & safety level. Two special interesting areas are the weight bridge with a fully automatic system and the patrol operator with a robot equipped of sensors and camera.

Sustainable Agriculture: 

Smart Irrigation & Soil Quality Improvement


Sustainable Agriculture means to manage, protect and utilize nature resources, adjust farming system and technology, maintenance and utilize soil, water and biological resources in a sustainable way in order not to incur environment degradation. 

This challenge mainly aims to solicit innovative solutions for smart irrigation and soil quality improvement. We wish to develop, apply and promote innovative solutions jointly with our candidates to raise the water utilization efficiency, protect water environment, improve soil environment so as to increase the economic, environmental and social benefits of agricultural activities.


Automatic, digitalized, smart irrigation technologies.

In-situ/ex-situ soil remediation and soil quality improvement technologies, etc.

Carbon Footprints and Carbon Capture, 

Utilization and Storage (GHG Emission Reduction)


Climate Change is one of the great challenges humans are facing, while GHG is deemed as the prime reason that causes Global Warming. SUEZ has been dedicated to reduction of both pollutants and GHG for our clients via improvement of technologies and processes. 

Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage is now one of the major approaches to fight against Global Warming and reduce human’s impact to the natural environment. Meanwhile, Carbon Footprints Analysis provides us with reliable and rational knowledge and data support for our battle against Global Warming.


Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage.
Carbon Footprints Analysis.
Green House Gas Emission Reduction.

Green Energy and Useful Material Extraction from Wastewater


Green energy and resource recycling are important approaches to improve sustainability. Meanwhile, in recent years, the energy consumption of WWTP is gradually becoming a more and more concerning problem which hinders the construction and development of WWTP. Green energy and useful material extraction from WW can generally reduce the total energy consumption of WWTP and create additional value, which in turn improve the sustainability.


Sludge Anaerobic Digestion to produce biogas;

Sludge composting for fertilizer; etc.

Smart Waste Identification and Sorting System


Circular Economy (CE) has been a hot spot in green chemical industry, the entire ecosystem is facing the challenge of recycling. The main methods to regenerate useful chemicals from wastes are mechanical recycling, chemolysis, pyrolysis and biodegradation, then wastes need to be sorted to match the purity requirement of respective technologies. 

Therefore, efficient, intelligent and low-cost waste classification and sorting system is highly demanded to accelerate the development of CE.


A low-cost and intelligent waste sorting system that can clean, analyze (chemical analysis) and package wastes. It is important to achieve minimal environmental impact during the entire process.

E-commerce for Waste Marketplace


Following the promotion of waste classification, waste recycling sector went through a rapid development period, which leads to more demands for a convenient and efficient marketplace for waste. 

This challenge mainly seeks economically feasible, efficient e-commerce products/services with complete risk management mechanism for the waste marketplace. For example, an e-commerce platform could be developed for plastic recycling where we could align demand with the offer. This could be extended to other types of waste.


B2B E-commerce products/service
B2C E-commerce products/service

Blockchain Improving the Traceability in 

Waste Management System


Decentration, tamper-proof, full marks, strong traceability, joint O&M, openness and transparency are the key advantages of Blockchain techs, which makes it a promising technology in various scenarios. For waste management, especially hazardous waste management systems, the traceability of wastes is more than important to secure O&M safety and manage operational risks.


A waste supply chain with Blockchain application from the waste generator to the treatment plant.

Traceability of recycled material from raw material to the final product.

Communication and Sharing of Hazardous Chemical Data


At present, Shanghai is vigorously promoting the application of electronic labels for hazardous chemicals, to realize in a comprehensive closed-loop manner, along production, storage, transportation, and use of hazardous chemicals from the manufacturer to the end-user.


If such data can be integrated and synchronized among various administrative departments such as Customs, Public Security, Maritime Safety Administration, and market management, the lead time of the supply chain can be greatly shortened, costs can be reduced, and the level of government services can also be greatly improved.

Industrial solutions for biodegradable buffer materials


With the continuous development of packaging industry, the demand for buffer packaging materials is growing up for the past decades. Expanded Polyethylene foam (EPE), Expanded polypropylene (EPP), expanded polystyrene (EPS) and foamed-polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) are commonly used as buffer packaging materials. 

However, the degradable rate of traditional foaming material in the soil is very slow, causing the environment pollution. Many countries have issued the plastic ban to restrict the use of buffer packaging materials such as polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). The biodegradable materials show an increasing demand for the disposable packaging materials.


Proposing industrial solutions through the structural designing, formulation development, process optimization for the biodegradable buffer materials, which can not only meet performance requirements, but also adapt to industrial production.

Required Capability

Polymer Engineering

Biodegradable Wearable Electronic Devices


Wearable electronic devices such as smart bracelets and smart watches are rapidly integrating into our lives. However, e-waste is non-degradable and harmful, resulting in serious ecological pollution. The design and development of flexible, organic, biodegradable new electronic equipment is environmentally-friendly and has good biocompatibility, which can be applied to wearable devices, implantable devices and other electronic products.


Designing and developing new polymers that can be both conductive and biodegradable. Inventing the electronic devices such as biodegradable circuit board and substrate materials. It is expected to be used for flexible biodegradable wearable devices to measure heart disease, blood pressure, glucose value and sweat content.

Required Capability

Chemistry; Material; Electronic

Development and Application of New Green Technologies, Equipments and Processes in Chemical Production


The environmental protection is an inevitable trend for chemical industry to achieve the sustainable development. In order to win the battle against environmental pollution, promote the ecological conservation as well as the high-quality development of the China’s manufacturing industry, the chemical enterprises should actively accelerate the development and application of new green technologies, equipment and processes.


We are exploring the applicable and propagable green technologies, equipments and processes in chemical production, such as the VOCs testing technology and hazardous waste identification and evaluation, bioremediation of soil pollution in chemical production sites, the synergistic pollution prevention and control of VOCs, nitrogen oxide and PM, the efficient denitrification and organic degradation of chemical wastewater, the solid waste treatment and resource utilization, the green and energy-saving technologies, etc.

Development and Application of 

Advanced Chemical Materials


The advanced chemical materials have been widely used in many fields of national economy and national defense. However, due to the insufficient support capacity of some high-end varieties, there is a big gap between the China’s advanced chemical material industry and that of developed countries. With the urbanization and the upgrading of manufacturing industry, the China’s advanced chemical material industry, especially the high-end advanced chemical materials, is of great opportunity.


To fill the short slab and blank of China’s advanced chemical material industry, we are focusing on the innovation and technological breakthrough as well as the application development of the high-end polyolefin, high performance epoxy resin, special engineering plastic, high-end film material, electronic chemical, etc.