Abichaker stressed that the ultimate motive behind the project was to showcase “local talents providing local solutions." (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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In a rare joint collaboration between industrialists and academics, Ziad Abichaker, head of Cedar Environmental, and Dr. Walid Saad, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the American University of Beirut, have unveiled a new method for the long-term storage of expired pharmaceuticals.Borrowing from methods used to store radioactive waste, Saad was able to devise a process to integrate expired pharmaceutical pills into the matrix of the Eco-Board itself. His tests demonstrated that when pills are stored within the Eco-Board, containment is 25 to 70 times better than at landfills, and results in no leakage. The first and least desirable course would be to integrate the pills into thin Eco-Boards capable of holding 500 individual pills. Such Eco-Boards would then be stored within a 1,000 square meter space. A total of 560 million pills could be safely stored in such an area.
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