Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No. 5, September 2000

2000, Vol. 22
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New Project

Solubility Phenomena–Applications for Environmental Improvement

IUPAC has approved a project for the detailed planning of a workshop, Solubility Phenomena–Applications for Environmental Improvement, to be held as part of the 10th International Symposium on Solubility Phenomena in Varna, Bulgaria in August 2002.

The following General Focus Statement has been agreed upon:

Solubility is a fundamental property of all substances and can greatly influence the composition of both naturally occurring and man-made chemical systems. In many of these systems, understanding the solubilities of the chemical components opens the door to alterations and manipulations of systems that may reduce the spread of pollutants, assist in the recycling of industrial wastes, and in other ways improve the quality of environments. This workshop will focus on the linkages between the fundamental chemistry of solubility and technology innovations that can lead to environmental improvements. Particular emphasis will be given to the solubility of industrial wastes and pollutants in aqueous systems.

The workshop’s goal is to stimulate the production and communication of scientific information related to solubility in ways that are accessible and useful to environmental policy makers. In order to meet this goal, it is necessary to attract both leading scientists and government policy makers; therefore, the specific subject of the workshop is critical and should have the following three important characteristics:

  • Solubility (broadly defined) should play an important role.
  • There should be broad public concern on a regional and international level (perhaps with the focus of Southeast Europe and/or the Eastern Mediterranean Basin-Black Sea area).
  • Significant improvements should be possible at affordable cost if policy makers receive good scientific advice.

Planning for the workshop is directed toward the following five elements:

  • identifying appropriate international bodies for collaboration, cosponsorship, and external funding;
  • identifying specific environmental issues in and beyond the regional venue of the workshop (Southeastern Europe) to which improved knowledge of solubility can contribute;
  • selecting workshop speakers and discussion leaders;
  • devising means of outreach to environmental specialists; and
  • securing external funding necessary for holding the workshop.

This project is being coordinated by Prof. David G. Shaw, Chairman of IUPAC’s Commission on Solubility Data (V.8), with participation of other members of the Commission. Comments from the chemistry community are welcome and should be addressed to the project coordinator, Prof. David G. Shaw, Institute of Marine Science, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7220, USA; Tel: +1 907 474 7723; Fax: +1 907 474 7204; E-mail: [email protected]. See projects/2000/990381_500_00.html for project description and update.



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