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Report from IUPAC-Sponsored Symposium

International Symposium on Green Chemistry
10-13 January 2001, Delhi, India

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More than 150 people attended this symposium, many of them coming from abroad. Fifteen countries were represented, thus showing widespread international interest in the subject.

The symposium was organized by Dr. M. Kidwai (Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi, India), and Prof. James Clark (Department of Chemistry, University of York, England, UK) served as the President and Symposium Editor. The inaugural lecture was given by Prof. Clark during an impressive opening ceremony.

Prof. Pietro R. Tundo, the Official IUPAC representative to the symposium, presented greetings from IUPAC at the opening ceremony, during which he reported on the existing IUPAC activities related to green chemistry worldwide (see box below) and particularly in the less-developed countries. The term "green chemistry", as adopted by the IUPAC Working Party on Synthetic Pathways and Processes in Green Chemistry, is defined as: "The invention, design, and application of chemical products and processes to reduce or to eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances". Environmental protection has to have singular attention in India because of the unprecedented development of that country. International cooperation between the countries of the world will play a fundamental role in the progress of green chemistry, and IUPAC itself may address the progress toward a scientific and intelligent trend.

Main topics covered by the symposium included new clean reagents, new organic syntheses, new environmental friendly polymers, catalysis, process intensification, and biocatalysis. There were 7 plenary lectures and 13 invited lectures. Selected lectures from the symposium were published in the January 2001 issue of Pure and Applied Chemistry (PAC, Vol. 73, No. 1, pp. 77—203, 2001).

Research and educational networks operating in green chemistry were also presented and include the following: Interuniversity Consortium of Chemistry for the Environment (http://www.unive.it/inca), UK Green Chemistry Network (http://www.chemsoc.org/gcn), and Green Chemistry Institute (http://www.lanl.gov/greenchemistry).

Some IUPAC Events Related to Green Chemistry


Expectations for the symposium among the political world of Delhi were really high. Prof. Deepak Nayyar, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delhi, welcomed attendees on behalf of the University of Delhi, and Dr. Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, expressed her wish that the symposium would help chemists to update Indian science with what is new on the international scene. She declared herself to be strongly interested and expressed her belief that Delhi development will require cleaner production and management for a better environment. Hospitality and coordination by the symposium organizers were excellent.

Prof. Pietro R. Tundo

> Published in Chem. Int. 23(4), 2001

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