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Vol. 35 No. 2
March-April 2013

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
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Green Chemistry—Exchanging Experiences

Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, whose falls were considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, was the location for the 4th International IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry (4th ICGC), which took place 25–29 August 2012. Under the auspices of IUPAC and the Brazilian Chemical Society, the 4th ICGC was organized around the theme “Exchanging experiences towards a sustainable society taking care of natural resources in their socio-economic development.”

Welcome cocktail of the 4th ICGC Opening Ceremony. From left: Sumbal Saba, Vânia Zuin, Arlene Corrêa, and Rashmi Sanghi.

The 4th ICGC counted around 600 participants from 40 countries from academia, industry, government and chemistry societies. More than 35 sponsors from different governmental and industrial sectors supported the event and contributed to creating a pertinent agenda. The 4th ICGC focused on broad topics such as benign synthesis/process, green chemistry for energy/production, chemicals from renewable resources, green engineering, education in green chemistry, and engineering and policy.

Ten plenary lectures built the framework of the conference:

  • The Future of Molecular Design, Paul Anastas (Yale University, USA)
  • Designing of a Chemistry beyond Chlorine, Pietro Tundo (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy)
  • Green Chemistry Education: Toward a Systems Approach, Adelio Machado (Porto University, Portugal)
  • From Waste to Wealth Using Green Chemistry, James Clark (University of York, UK)
  • Sustainable Transition Metal Nanoparticle Catalysis in Ionic Liquids, Jairton Dupont (University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
  • Thermodynamic Properties of Green Solvents and Applications in Green Chemistry, Buxing Han (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Greener Routes to Organics and Nanomaterials: Sustainable Applications of Nano-Catalysts, Rajender S. Varma (EPA, USA)
  • Fluorescent World of the Green Chemistry, Anita Marsaioli (University of Campinas, Brazil)
  • Sustainable Valorization of Waste Biomass: The New Frontier, Roger Sheldon (Delft University, the Netherlands)
  • Unique Roles for Ionic for Liquids in a Biorefinery: Extraction, Separation, and Processing of Lignin, Cellulose, Hemicellulose, and Chitin, Robin Rogers (University of Alabama, USA)

The program also included 15 invited lectures:

  • Education for Sustainability: The Role of Green Chemistry, Mary Kirchhoff (Director, Education Division American Chemical Society, USA)
  • Education for Sustainable Development and Chemistry Education, Franz Rauch (Alpen-Adria University, Austria)
  • Progress of Chemical Technology Innovation toward a Sustainable Society in Japan, Takashi Ushikubo (Japan Association for Chemical Innovation, Japan)
  • Industrial Policy, Reverse Logistics and Sustainability, Clayton Campanhola (The Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development, the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Brazil)
  • Critical Factors of CO2 Adsorption on Molecular Sieves, Jiri Cejka, J. Heyrovsky (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)
  • Supported Iron Nanoparticles as Catalysts for Sustainable Production of Lower Olefins, Harry Bitter (University of Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • Switchable Water, Phillip Jessop (Queen´s University, Canada)
  • Direct Production of Molecules in the Fuel Range by Selective Tailoring of Biomass Fast Pyrolysis, Fabio Ribeiro (Purdue University, USA)
  • Mimicking Processes and the Use of Metalloporphyrins, José Cavaleiro (Aveiro University, Portugal)
  • Sustainable Organic Synthesis in Continuous Flow Environments, Christian Oliver Kappe (University of Graz, Austria)
  • Self-Organization of Nanoparticles, Nicholas Kotov (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Towards Greener Approaches for the Extraction and Analysis of Organic Compounds in Environmental and Food Matrices, Pedro Afonso P. Pereira (Federal University of Bahia, Brazil)
  • About the Asymmetric Functionalisation of Carbonyls after the Advent of Cinchona-based Primary Amine Catalysis, Paolo Melchiorre (Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia, Spain)
  • Developing Nanotechnological Strategies for Green Industrial Processes
  • Henrique Eisi Toma (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Uncovering Novel Biocatalysts: Isolation of Microorganisms vs Genomic Libraries, Sonia Rodriguez (University of the Republic, Uruguay)
Pietro Tundo, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy.

Apart from the lectures, the 4th ICGC presented 4 short courses, 15 parallel sessions with 4 oral presentations each, 4 roundtables, and 2 poster sessions (with more than 300 works). Another aspect was the launch of the book titled Contribution from Brazilian Postgraduate Studies to Sustainable Development: CAPES at Rio +20, published by Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel.

An impressive number of young scientists was observed, which created an excellent atmosphere for enthusiastic scientific discussions of the frontier topics in Green Chemistry. The CHEMRAWN VII Prize for Atmospheric and Green Chemistry was awarded to R. Sanghi (see Nov-Dec 2012 CI, p. 19). In addition, three IUPAC poster prizes were awarded:

  • “Eco-Friendly One-Pot Synthesis of Benzoxazines from “Cashew Nut Shell Liquid” Components,” Giuseppe Mele; Orazio Attanasi; Mohamed Behalo; Gianfranco Favi; Diego Lomonaco; Selma Mazzetto; Iolanda Pio; Giuseppe Vasapollo from Benha University, Egypt, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil, University of Salento and University of Urbino Italy
  • “Cellulose Recycling as a Source of Raw Chirality,” Valeria Corne; María Celeste Botta; Enrique David Giordano; Germán Francisco Giri; David Fernando Llompart; Hernán Biava; Ariel Marcelo Sarotti; Ernesto Gabino Mata; Alejandra Graciela Suárez; Rolando Angel Spanevello from Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina
  • “Educational Possibilities through the Insertion of Environmental and Green Chemistry in Teaching Activities,” Renan Vilela Bertolin; Milena Avancini; Andreia Pereira Matos; Vânia Gomes Zuin from Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil

In addition, the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) awarded a poster prize for “AuPd Nanoparticles: Reusable Magnetic Responsive Catalyst for Green Oxidation of Alcohols,” Tiago Artur da Silva; Érico Teixeira-Neto; Liane Marcia Rossi from Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.

The Opening Ceremony as well as Paul Anastas’ plenary lecture are available on the 4th ICGC website at <www.ufscar.br/icgc4>.

The next IGCG will take place in in Durban, South Africa, 16–20 August 2014.

Arlene G. Corrêa <vaniaz@ufscar.br> and Vânia G. Zuin <icgc4@ufscar.br> are at the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil.


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