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Dr. Rasel Das, an idol of Bangladesh, awarded with ‘Elsevier Atlas Award’ for his research on purifying the sea water

Dr. Rasel Das (Bengali: রাসেল দাস), is an idol of Bangladesh, awarded along with his team mates for his research work on purifying the sea water. He was awarded with ‘Elsevier Atlas Award 2015’ in 2015. He has done his research on Carbon nanotube membranes for water Purification as part of completing his PHD degree.

This award is awarded in each year in every trades of science (including Physics, Chemistry, Health) by selecting the best research paper from research papers published in journals worldwide.

According to elsevier.com, ‘With over 2,500 journals publishing articles from across science, technology and health, our mission is to share some of the stories that matter. Each month Atlas showcases research that could significantly impact people’s lives around the world or has already done so. We hope that bringing wider attention to this research will go some way to ensuring its successful implementation.

With so many worthy articles published the tough job of selecting a single article to be awarded “The Atlas” each month comes down to an Advisory Board. The winning research is presented alongside interviews, expert opinions, multimedia and much more on the Atlas website’.

According to one of the press releases of elsevier.com, ‘About 400 million people are using desalinated water and it has been projected that 14 % of the global population will be forced to use sea water by 2025. Desalination plants already provide much of the water used by people in many parts of the world, especially in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Australia. Climate change is only increasing the demand for desalinated water as greater evaporation and rising seas further limit freshwater supplies for a growing world population. But current methods to desalinate water come at a very high cost in terms of energy, which means more greenhouse gases and more global warming. Existing desalination plants rely on reverse osmosis, vacuum distillation, or a combination of the two. But those methods are energy intensive and costly. Carbon nanotubes are tiny hexagonal tubes, made by rolling sheets of graphene, said Rasel Das, first author of the paper. They require little energy and can be designed to specifically reject or remove not only salt, but also common pollutants’.

Mr. Das was born on 17th June, 1987. He had completed his graduation in 2009 and Post-graduation in 2011 from Chittagong Science and Technology University with first class grading in Bio-technology. Later he had joined in Chittagong Science and Technology University as Lecturer in Biotechnology department in 2012. He admitted later in PHD in Nanotechnology and Catalysis Research Center, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2012 where he contributes to the research along with his team-mates Md. Eaqub Ali, Sharifah Bee Abd Hamid, Seeram Ramakrishna, Zaira Zaman Chowdhury.

Research Title: Carbon nanotube membranes for water purification: A bright future in water desalination
Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0011916413006127
PDF: http://ac.els-cdn.com/S0011916413006127/1-s2.0-S0011916413006127-main.pdf?_tid=13bc4bf4-6697-11e6-be60-00000aab0f6c&acdnat=1471671153_3123051ae044f514811c63ab8d23c65f

Reference link: https://www.elsevier.com/atlas/about

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