Created in collaboration with the University of Georgia (UGA), an NAI Member Institution, the video features inventor Valentine Nzengung and his discovery of a chemical agent that neutralizes explosive materials without causing harm to the environment called MuniRem.
Nzengung who is a scientist and professor at UGA shares, "My focus was on developing innovative solutions that benefit human health and the environment. MuniRem has allowed me to apply my passion for geochemistry to a real-world problem by mitigating sites contaminated with dangerous explosives in an environmentally friendly way."
"That's really the key to this invention," says Paul R. Sanberg, NAI President. "There are other neutralizing products on the market, but MuniRem is unique because it is non-toxic to soil or groundwater. It's an intelligent solution for a very real global problem."
According to Nzengung, lingering explosive materials pose a serious threat to the public because they can remain live for a very long time. He gives the example of a recent project where a Confederate Army boat that sunk and remained underwater for over 150 years was found containing 185 intact artillery rounds. "Imagine, after 150 years under water, they were still active," Nzengung says.
His determination and research have paid off. MuniRem can now neutralize almost any explosive material, chemical warfare agent and homemade explosive. Nzengung's company, MuniRem Environmental, now has a portfolio ofgreen remediation technologies for metals, explosives, radiation, petroleum and perchlorate.
About the National Academy of Inventors The National Academy of Inventors is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. The NAI works collaboratively with the USPTO and publishes the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation. www.academyofinventors.org.