Rare-earth elements have distinct properties that make them vital to the electronics and energy sectors. However, the current method of their extraction remains highly toxic and unsustainable. Arshia Mostoufi proposes using a novel biological-based system for the cost-effective and environmentally friendly extraction of rare-earth elements from metal ores using a new selective lanthanide-binding protein.
University of Calgary
Arshia Mostoufi is a highly inquisitive undergraduate, pursuing a degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Calgary. Arshia is passionate about harnessing the power of molecular biology to develop ground-breaking biotechnologies to target real-world problems. As a student-lead at iGEM Calgary, a multidisciplinary research team, he strives to help build towards a sustainable future by designing and implementing novel synthetic biology solutions.