“Greening Chemistry”—in Turin and the World


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The 1st European Chemistry Congress organized by the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) was held two years ago in Budapest (Hungary), aimed at being a showcase for chemical sciences in Europe. Following on from its success, the 2nd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress will take place in Turin (Italy) on September 16–20, 2008, with the subtitle “Chemistry: The Global Science”, reflecting the pervasiveness of chemistry. Sustainable chemistry is also an important theme across the Congress sessions: besides the symposia specifically dedicated to Greening Chemistry (Environment session), Biorefineries and Biotechnologies as well as Energy Production and Storage (both Energy and Industry session), also many of the invited talks in other sessions deal with the development of more sustainable processes, energy and materials, as well as environmental chemistry.

I have the pleasure to serve as convenor of the Greening Chemistry symposium. Greener and more sustainable chemistry requires the development of more efficient and cleaner processes to reduce the impact of the chemical industry on the environment. This calls for the introduction of new catalytic technologies, a more rational use of resources (energy and raw materials from biomass), the development of new remediation techniques, and also a sustainable product policy (REACH legislation: Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals). Chemistry is thus a global science that serves as the engine of innovation to implement a sustainable society and offers solutions to all aspects of our lives.

This double issue of ChemSusChem features several contributions from speakers at the 2nd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress as well as a selection of other top articles. Contributors to this issue include Avelino Corma (biodiesel production), Matthias Beller (H2 generation), Michael Grätzel (solid-state DSSCs), as well as several speakers from the Greening Chemistry symposium: Pierre Gallezot discusses the conversion of biomass in the Concept on page 734 ff., Thomas Reichenauer discusses phytoremediation of organic contaminants in soil and groundwater in the Minireview on page 708 ff., while Michele Aresta reports on hybrid materials for the uptake of CO2 in the Communication on page 742 ff. In addition, this issue features a Review by J. Liu et al. on nanomaterials for energy storage and conversion (as featured on the cover of this issue), a further selection of primary and secondary research articles that cover various aspects of sustainable chemistry, and a series of Viewpoints discussing the three key technology areas of the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem) as well as a Viewpoint highlighting trends in sustainable electrochemical energy storage (Jean-Marie Tarascon).

ChemSusChem is aimed at providing a forum for the broad-spectrum discussion of key aspects of sustainable chemistry to a broad readership, including scientists from industry and academia, journalists and policy-makers. This double issue of the journal is a further step in this direction. On behalf of the editorial team, I hope that you enjoy this bumper issue of ChemSusChem and look forward to seeing many of you in Turin.

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Gabriele Centi Messina, Italy, August 2008 PS: Don't forget to keep a look out for issue 25 of ChemSusChem's sister journal, Chemistry–A European Journal, which is also a special issue compiled for the 2nd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress. PPS: Wiley-VCH and GDCh will host a special event at 17.30 on September 17 (at the North Foyer of the Lingotto Conference Centre) to celebrate 120 years of Angewandte Chemie, the flagship journal of the GDCh, and the launch of ChemSusChem. We cordially invite you to join us at this event, and we look forward to celebrating with you.