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4th International IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry

25th – 29th August, 2012, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) will this year hold its fourth international conference on green chemistry. The event will span from the 25th to the 29th of August and will be held in Foz do Iguaçu, a city widely acknowledged as the most beautiful tourist destination in Latin America.

Green chemistry is an emerging industry and holds the potential to be a solution to many of the challenges faced by society today. Green chemistry is a branch of chemistry that aims to reduce energy consumption and the emission of harmful by-products. In essence, green chemistry attempts to reduce pollutants at its source. Probably the most widely publicised research undertaken by green chemists is the fuel cell. This is a large battery that produces power through the reaction of oxygen with another non-toxic chemical, usually hydrogen. The interest in them lies in their potential to efficiently power electric vehicles. Advancements in this research would reduce the cost, and increases the lifetime of the electric vehicle.

The conference will bring together the academic, industrial, governmental, and nongovernmental sectors to incorporate different perspectives on the topics. The focus will be on the role of the industry in sustainable and renewable energy, green engineering, chemicals from renewable sources, policy development and education. Speakers will examine how the industry can protect the environment and biodiversity through employing less energy-intensive techniques, using less toxic substances, reducing water consumption and recycling by-products.

Research in green chemistry will assist future European Green Capitals in achieving their goal of sustainability. Areas inspected by judges for the award such as biodiversity, waste management, wastewater treatment, transport and eco-innovation all will benefit from the continued advancements in the industry. Green chemistry is an exciting and dynamic branch of chemistry and one which should be nurtured in order to obtain the key solutions it holds to many of modern society’s most worrying threats.

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