Professor Lachgar named Fulbright Scholar


Abdou Lachgar, professor of chemistry at Wake Forest University, has been named a 2023-2024 Fulbright U.S. Scholar for Namibia. Lachgar will conduct research and teach at the University of Namibia’s materials science department. His proposed research projects will focus on the sustainable production of hydrogen using solar energy and the conversion of biowaste to biofuel. Lachgar’s work will support the goals of the Fulbright program in Namibia: enhance collaborative research, strengthen graduate education through teaching, and establish sustained U.S.-Namibia ties.

Namibia is among a few countries that have included sustainability and environmental protection as part of their constitution. Lachgar’s teaching and research have been anchored in the development of materials and technologies for sustainability for the past 23 years, and he will share that expertise. Fulbright Scholar Awards are prestigious and competitive fellowships that provide unique opportunities for scholars to teach and conduct research abroad, with the aim of establishing long-term relationships between people and nations.

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