Chemistry and the Environment Division


Through its internationally recognized membership and project teams, the Division of Chemistry and the Environment (DCE) will provide unbiased and timely authoritative reviews on the behavior of chemical compounds in food and the environment. The DCE will undertake both fundamental and applied evaluations that contribute to solving environmental problems and enhancing the quality of food on a global scale.

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NEW! The second issue (September 2021) of the newsletter of the “Advisory Committee on Crop Protection Chemistry” is now available by clicking the banner below

Issue n°1

NEWS: Matteo Guidotti has been nominated Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of OPCW

Former Division President Rai Kookana has been awarded by CSIRO with “Lifetime Achievement Award” for 30 years of outstanding research, putting CSIRO at the farefront of research on emerging chemicals of concern for environmental protection in Australia and globally.

Division VI – Chemistry and the Environment Award 2021 – Best poster presented at the 48th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress (Montreal, 13-20 August 2021) – Winners

Rai Kookana nominated IUPAC delegate at SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research). Click here for more details.

Division VI – Chemistry and the Environment Award 2019 – Best poster presented at the 47th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress (Paris, 5-12 July 2019) – Winners and award ceremony pictures

Pictures from the Division Meeting in Paris (July 2019)

HOT PAPERS: Comprehensive framework for human health risk assessment of nanopesticides (Nature nanotechnology, 2021)

Emerging investigator series: nanotechnology to develop novel agrochemicals: critical issues to consider in the global agricultural context (Environmental Science Nano, 2020)

A critical evaluation of nanopesticides and nanofertilizers against their conventional analogues (Nature Nanotechnology, 2018)

Division VI organized four Symposia at the 48th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress (Virtual, August 13-20, 2021) under the Theme “Chemistry for Sustainability”: “Emerging Technologies and Conservation Practices for Sustainable Agriculture and Public Health”, “The Environmental Impact of Fires”, “Sustainable Polymers”, “A Healthy Intake: Environmental Pollutants in Air, Water, Food and their Removal – Coorganized with CIC”

Division VI is organizing two Special Symposia at the next APCE & CECE & ITP Conference (Angkor Wat, Cambodia, November 6-10, 2022): “The Environment, Health and Food Safety Impact of Microplastics” and “Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the Environment”.

Division VI organized Symposium 3.5 “Innovative Chemistry for Environmental Enhancement” at the 47th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress (Paris, July 5-12, 2019)

Division VI 2019 IUPAC International Award for Advances in Harmonized Approaches to Crop Protection Chemistry

14th International Congress of Crop Protection Chemistry, Ghent, May 2019 – Movie

46th World Chemistry Congress, 9-14 July 2017, Sao Paulo, Brazil – DCE Poster Award – Pictures (ABCD)

Emeritus Fellows

The Division awards the status of Emeritus Fellow to former members who have made outstanding contributions to IUPAC and, through chemistry in general (see more).

In 2020, Laura Mc Connell has been recognized Emeritus Fellows.

John B. Unsworth and Yehuda Shevah have been awarded Division VI Emeritus Fellows in 2021.

Subcommittees and Commissions

Current Projects

Meeting Minutes

Activity Reports


  • Global occurrence, chemical properties, and ecological impacts of e-wastes (IUPAC Technical Report), 2020, Pure and Applied Chemistry, in press. IUPAC Project 2014-031-3-600 (Task Group Chair D. Purchase) – Full paper
  • 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, Vol. 92, pp. 1447-1467. IUPAC Project 2016-015-2-600 (Task Group Chair I. Perminova) – Full paper
  • Guidelines for unequivocal structural identification of compounds with biological activity of significance in food chemistry (IUPAC Technical Report), 2019, Pure and Applied Chemistry, Vol. 91, pp. 1417-1437. IUPAC Project 2013-024-2-600 (Task Group Chair R.J. Molyneux) – Full paper
  • Recent advances in analysis of trace elements in environmental samples by X-ray based techniques (IUPAC Technical Report), 2019, Pure and Applied Chemistry, Vol. 91, pp. 1029-1063. IUPAC Project 2016-019-2-600 (Task Group Chair R. Terzano) – Full paper
  • Characterisation of “flushable” and “non-flushable” commercial wet wipes using microRaman, FTIR spectroscopy and fluorescence microscopy: to flush or not to flush, 2018, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Vol. 25, Issue 20, pp. 20268-20279 – Link
  • Maritime pollutants in shipping and commercial European ports based on relevant physical and biogeochemical environmental parameters (IUPAC Technical Report), 2015, Pure and Applied Chemistry, Vol. 87, pp. 1151-1166. IUPAC Project 2010-028-3-600 (Task Group Chair F. Sakellariadou) – PDF
  • The 2nd International Conference on Agrochemicals Protecting Crops, Health and Natural Environment—The Role of Chemistry for Sustainable Agriculture, New Delhi, India, 15–18 February 2012 (see: Unsworth, J. B., Shakil, N. A., Kumar, J., Kleter, G. A. Linders, J. B. H. J., “Agrochemicals,” Chemistry International, Vol. 32, No. 4 July-August 2012 – PDF)
  • Bibliography of Technical Publications from the DCE [updated Nov 2012]

Other relevant publications can be found in the Subcommittee webpages:  Advisory Committee on Crop Protection Chemistry – Subcommittee on Chemical and Biophysical Processes in the Environment