Subcommittee on Chemical and Biophysical Processes in the Environment

Description

The Subcommittee on Chemical and Biophysical Processes in the Environment of the IUPAC Division of Chemistry and the Environment (Division VI) was established in 2014. It combines the activities of the previously existing division subcommittees on Biophysico-Chemical Processes in Environmental Systems and on Chemistry of Environmental Compartments.

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The subcommittee deals with topics regarding the distribution and environmental fate of chemicals (inorganic and organic compounds, nanomaterials), chemical and biophysical processes in environmental compartments (e.g., in soil and aquatic ecosystems) and interactions with organisms (bioavailability).

Currently about 25 scientists from about 15 countries are collaborating in the subcommittee. Many of the subcommittee members are involved in currently running IUPAC projects. Such projects cover topics like metal bioavailability in aquatic systems, the potential environmental risks of e-waste, or trace elements analysis of environmental samples with X-rays. Subcommittee members also try to identify new project ideas and develop new project proposals.

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Main outcomes from IUPAC papers are review papers, technical reports or books on certain topics. Recent examples are a book on the biophysico-chemical processes and toxicity of engineered nanoparticles, a review paper on the consideration of bioavailability for the risk assessment of metal species in waters or a guidance paper on substance-related environmental monitoring strategies regarding soils and waters.

Face to face meetings of the subcommittee usually are organized every second year (for cost and practical reasons along with division VI meetings). Mostly, business is discussed by e-mail exchange or during conference calls. Meeting minutes and activity reports of the Subcommittee on Chemical and Biophysical Processes in the Environment are available on request from the subcommittee chairs.

Although many of the members of the Subcommittee on Chemical and Biophysical Processes in the Environment are elected members of the IUPAC Division of Chemistry and the Environment (Division VI), the subcommittee is open to all scientists which are interested in questions regarding the topics of the subcommittee. Interested persons may contact the subcommittee chairs in order to get information and apply for membership.

The subcommittee members invite proposals for new IUPAC projects regarding topics of the subcommittee. A membership in an IUPAC body is not required for proposers of projects although the participation of subcommittee/division members in projects is appreciated and encouraged. The conditions to receive IUPAC project funding on topics of the IUPAC Division of Chemistry and the Environment (Division VI) are described in a Call for Proposals.