Project Details Green Chemistry in Sub-Saharan Africa

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01 April 2021
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When the book Green Chemistry in Africa (IUPAC project 2002-018-1-300) was prepared, green chemistry was just starting in Africa. Now, it has taken off in a number of institutions and countries, it is generally expanding, and sustainability issues are given increasing attention also at policy-making level. The book is meant to offer a panoramic overview of current achievements, recognized challenges and envisaged near-future developments of green chemistry in Sub-Saharan-Africa. The information provided by the overview is expected to be useful for anybody engaged in the promotion of green chemistry, both in Africa and beyond, and to favor the recognition of shared interests in view of collaborations and networking aimed at capacity building strengthening.

Another recently-published IUPAC-endorsed book had also focused on Sub-Saharan Africa (L. Mammino, Biomass Burning in Sub-Saharan Africa: Chemical Issues and Action Outreach, IUPAC project 2007-025-1-300), initiating a tradition of projects concerning green chemistry and sustainability with specific focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.


Nature of project
Preparation of a collaborative book titled “Green Chemistry in Sub-Saharan Africa”.
Suggested subtitle: “growth, challenges and perspectives”.
Editor: Liliana Mammino.
Envisaged authors of individual chapters: persons working in academic or other institutions or bodies in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Envisaged content: chapters presenting the development and achievements of green chemistry research and green chemistry education in specific institutions or specific countries, as well as the adoption of green chemistry practices by industries and by production activities in general.

Reasons for opting for the preparation of a book
A book enables the provision of a comprehensive picture on the subject of interest.
It enables ample flexibility, for which, e.g., it becomes possible to consider the development of green chemistry research and of green chemistry education in an integrated way (within the same chapter) for a given institution or country. Furthermore, it is possible to include aspects like recognized challenges, initiatives by policy makers, implementations by production activities, and envisaged developments for the near future. And it is possible that part of a chapter is devoted to a review of the green chemistry-related works already done in a given institution. Thanks to all this, a book enables the pursuit for offering an as-much-as-possible complete panoramic of the current situation of green chemistry in Sub-Saharan Africa.

A call for contributions will be issued and disseminated as broadly as possible. Potential authors responding to the call will be invited to initially submit an abstract. If the abstract corresponds to the scope of the book, they will be invited to prepare the envisaged chapter. The Editor, together with one or more Task Group members, will make preliminary reviews of submitted chapters and – when suitable – provide suggestions for improvement. When all the chapters are submitted, the entire manuscript will be sent to IUPAC to be forwarded to reviewers.
The project is carried out under the auspices of IUPAC because the topic is of general interest to the chemistry community, because of IUPAC strong interest in sustainability issues and because IUPAC has already carried out initiatives specifically meant to promote green chemistry and sustainability-related research in Africa (including a Summer School on Green Chemistry in 2019).
The call for contributions will predictably involve interactions with national chemical societies and with universities.


Project announcement published in Chem Int Oct 2021, p. 32

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