Indonesian Institute of Science
Environmental Sciences & Geology
Burhani received the 2021 UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Young Scientist Award for her work exploring macroalgae from Central Java’s Karimunjawa-Jepara-Muria Biosphere Reserve as a substitute for conventional mask materials. Typically, the materials in single-use masks produce microplastics that are harmful to the environment, spurring Burhani to look for more sustainable alternatives. Her research shows that mask filters made from macroalgae- based nanofibers not only provide optimal comfort, but are also highly efficient in removing bioaerosols—a step forward in promoting the green economy for the reserve’s local community.
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- 2021 UNESCO Man and the Biosphere