The Subcommittee on Chemical and Biophysical Processes was established in 2014. It combines the activities of the previously existing divisional subcommittees on Biophysico-Chemical Processes in Environmental Systems and on Chemistry of Environmental Compartments.
Currently, more than 30 scientists from over 15 countries are collaborating in the subcommittee.
What we do
Our goal is to use our collective expertise to safeguard the environment and protect human health. We promote and disseminate cutting-edge knowledge on the chemical and biophysical processes in the environment that is both evidence-based and globally informed.
Our activities are wide-ranging and collaborative. We work closely with our global family of chemists and scientists, other IUPAC divisions and committees to advance chemical sciences.
Some examples of the exciting work organised and chaired by members of the subcommittee include:
- Tackle global challenges: e.g. the the impact of microplastics; PFASS in the environment; the environmental and health challenges of e-waste
- Investigate the impact of emerging pollutants on our ecosystems and health: e.g. engineered nanoparticles and the environment; bioavailability of endocrine substances in aquatic ecosystems
- Explore sustainable solutions: e.g. marine mineral deposits as a source of rare earth elements
- Technical symposia in the 46th (Sao Paulo, Brazil 2017), 47th (Paris, France 2019) and 48th (Montreal, Canada 2021) World Chemistry Congresses
- The Microplastic symposium in APCE and CECE, Angkor Wat, Cambodia 2021
- Water and Environmental Analysis meeting in HPLC conference, Jeju, Republic of Korea 2017
- Trace elements analysis of environmental samples with X-rays symposium in the 14th ICOBTE Conference, Zurich, Switzerland, 2017.
Organisers and speakers of one of the three technical symposia in the 47th World Chemistry Congress, Paris, France 2019
- Wiley Series of Biophysico-Chemical Processes (Task Group Chair B. Xing)
- “Global occurrence, chemical properties, and ecological impacts of e-wastes” (IUPAC Technical Report), 2020, Pure and Applied Chemistry DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pac-2019-0502. IUPAC Project 2014-031-3-600 (Task Group Chair D. Purchase)
- “Interlaboratory comparison of humic substances compositional space as measured by Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry” (IUPAC Technical Report), 2020, Pure and Applied Chemistry, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pac-2019-0809. IUPAC Project 2016-015-2-600 (Task Group Chair I. Perminova)
- “Innovation Chemistry for Environmental Enhancement”, 2020, Chemistry International, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2020-0130. IUPAC Project 2018-026-2-600 (Task Group Chair D. Purchase)
- “Recent advances in analysis of trace elements in environmental samples by X-ray based techniques” (IUPAC Technical Report), 2019, Pure and Applied Chemistry, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2019-0420. IUPAC Project 2016-019-2-600 (Task Group Chair R. Terzano)
- “Maritime pollutants in shipping and commercial European ports based on relevant physical and biogeochemical environmental parameters” (IUPAC Technical Report), 2015, Pure and Applied Chemistry, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pac-2014-0804. IUPAC Project 2010-028-3-600 (Task Group Chair F. Sakellariadou)
The subcommittee is open to all scientists. If you are interested in becoming a member of our subcommittee, or would like to propose a new IUPAC project, please contact us by clicking on the links below:
– Minutes remote meeting March 2020 (pdf – 184 KB)
– Report of activities 2019 (pdf – 185 KB)
– Minutes meeting Rome May 2018 (pdf – 166 KB)
– Report of activities 2018 (pdf – 166 KB)
– Minutes meeting London 2016 (pdf – 33 KB)