“Crops will never thirst.” While South Africa regularly experiences droughts, resulting in periods of starvation due to the loss of crops and livestock, Kiara Nirhgin vowed to find a way to limit the effects on the population.
The consequences of the last heat wave occurred in January 2016 have finally convinced the young schoolgirl Johannesburg. At only 16, she has therefore started looking for a natural solution for supplying water in the soil. Without the high temperatures will cause evaporation of the precious liquid.
Passionate about science, she was interested in the formation of chemical polymers capable of retaining water. Having studied composition, the young woman started looking for natural products with similar chemical properties. After many attempts, Kiara Kiara Nirhgin managed to develop amazing ultra-absorbent polymers. Biodegradable and inexpensive, they are the result of unprecedented reaction between orange peels and avocado oil, as shown in the video below.
Google now accompanies his project
Having developed this biodegradable polymer, Kiara Nirhgin decided to present its candidature to contest Google Science Field. A science and technology competition online that brings together young people from 13 to 18 worldwide. The jury of the US firm has identified the project and at the end of the first phase of the competition, the young woman has been named winner of the Africa / Middle East category.
Now, an expert appointed by the firm in Mountain View (California) will examine the product manufactured by the high school and accompany him to put into production on a larger scale.The idea is to check its properties in real conditions and therefore whether the product is viable. If this is the case, Google could then put him in September the grand prize of this contest. A budget of $ 50,000 which would then allow him to pursue studies at the highest level.
If Kiara Nirhgin not yet known which way to move, it has already announced that it did not wish to become a chemist. She expresses the wish to work in the field of health and engineering in order to “do something that can change the world.”