Project Details Environmental Chemistry, Green and Sustainable Chemistry

Project No.:
2012-034-1-600
Start Date:
01 February 2013
End Date:
29 February 2016
Division Name:
Chemistry and the Environment Division
Division No.:
600

Objective

The project aim is to coordinate and organize three symposia to be included in the “T-6 Environmental Chemistry, Green and Sustainable Chemistry” theme in the 44th IUPAC Congress – Clean Energy Through Chemistry, 2013, Istanbul.

The symposia proposed are:

  1. Analytical and Risk Considerations for Nanomaterials and Emerging Environmental Contaminants
  2. Marine Pollution and Sustainable Management of Coastal environment
  3. Bioavailability of Metals, Metalloids and Organic Contaminants in the Environment

These symposia will enable scientific and professional exchange related to themes and topics associated with the work and expertise of Division VI membership.

Description

The scientific program for the Istanbul 2013 IUPAC congress has recognized the importance of the link between chemistry and the environment. The proposed theme “Environmental Chemistry, Green and Sustainable Chemistry” includes topics which are relevant to the work and expertise located in the IUPAC Chemistry and the Environment Division (Div VI). Examples of the topics included are:

  • Analytical and Risk Considerations for Nanomaterials and Emerging Environmental Issues
  • Water, Air, and Soil Pollutions and Remediation
  • Wastewater Engineering

The Division sponsors a number of active projects focused on issues related to industrial activities, agriculture, and naturally occurring materials of toxicological significance as well as aspects of environmental monitoring, environmental risk assessment and chemical aspects of remediation technology and can bring as invited lecturers a series of project team leaders and members representing several of these projects from a variety of countries.

It is therefore proposed that the Division coordinates and organizes 3 symposia to be in included under the T-6 theme.  These are:

  1. Analytical and Risk Considerations for Nanomaterials and Emerging Environmental Contaminants
    The term “emerging environmental contaminant” refers to a diverse group of substances which include new chemicals as well as substances which have long been present in the environment but for which monitoring and toxicological data are limited or unavailable (nanoparticles, pharmaceuticals, and others). Assessment of the risk from and the significance of these chemicals depends on the gathering, interpretation and modeling of both analytical, behavioural and toxicological data. This proposed symposium will provide the opportunity for an academic and professional exchange on this topic.
  2. Marine Pollution and Sustainable Management of Coastal environment
    Marine pollution associated with shipping activities is a significant environmental problem in Mediterranean and especially in coastal zones that are affected by a lot of polluting activities. Environmental chemistry research can provide improved information on the determination of the behavior, distribution and bioavailability of the primary organic or inorganic pollutants associated with this type of industrial activity. The results of this research must be evaluated and used for the sustainable management of coastal areas. This proposed symposium will give the opportunity to scientists working in this field to exchange their results and views about a problem of high priority.
  3. Bioavailability of Metals, Metalloids and Organic Contaminants in the Environment
    There is increasing awareness of the fact that adverse effects of metals in the environment need to be assessed on the fraction of the total metal content that is actually available for interaction with flora and fauna. Scientific understanding of the environmental processes that modify bioavailability is increasing and there is increased awareness of the chemical, physiological, and toxicological processes that either jointly lead to toxic effects or lead to alleviation of toxicity. This symposium will bring together scientists in the relevant areas of bioavailability assessment of metals to exchange the latest findings and to provide recommendations on how to implement the findings in integrated risk assessment of metals.

Progress

June 2014 update – The division has supported and run three symposia at the 44th IUPAC Congress in Istanbul, 2013:

  1. Analytical and Risk Considerations for Nanomaterials and Emerging Environmental contaminants.
  2. Marine Pollution and Sustainable Management of Coastal Environments.
  3. Bioavailability of Metals, Metalloids and Organic Contaminants in the Environment.

These symposia have generated much interest and a special issue of PAC related to the above topics has evolved from these symposia. 12 papers have been submitted and reviewed and are ready for production. The special issue edited by Hemda Garelick, Bradley Miller and Willie Peijnenburg with the help of the PAC scientific editor Hugh Burrows will be ready in July 2014.

June 2014 update – The July issue of PAC includes contributions that emerged from the three symposia which aim to address the challenges referred to above. A variety of topics and environmental contaminants are discussed, ranging from environmental safety-related considerations of water scarcity, water reuse, and marine pollution to uranium toxicity and the impact of nanoparticles in the environment. The preface is published on page 1083 (https://dx.doi.org/10.1515/pac-2014-5049) and the TOC is available here.

Last update 29 Feb 2016