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Number: 2002-064-1-300

Title: Green Chemistry in Latin America

Task Group Chairman: Pietro Tundo

Members: Rita Hoyos de Rossi and Rosaura M. Romero

Completion Date: 2004 - project completed

The project is aimed at increasing the awareness and attracting the interest of university students in Latin America universities towards the Green/Sustainable Chemistry activities, by highlighting their general roles and simultaneously presenting already on-going activities in Latin America. The aim of this Project is the production of a book like "Green Chemistry in Africa". The latter book (IUPAC proposal #2002-018-1-300) is being disseminated in Sub-saharan Universities. Likewise, this book gets origin from the OECD request for IUPAC to promulgate Green Chemistry Education. The Subcommittee on Green Chemistry foreshadows further similar volumes in other regions.

The book will be specifically designed for university students, with particular attention for students in Latin America universities and will be written in Spanish. An English translation can be easy scheduled later on, since its content may by useful to a larger audience. The book plans to highlight the relevance of Green/Sustainable Chemistry in general, and to underline its potential relevance for developing countries.

The Task Group will co-edit of the book. External referees may be contacted, according to needs of the various chapters.Chapters will be contributed by different authors, most of them based in Latin America universities. Such an option is aimed at highlighting the already on-going research activities and presenting them to students in an easily understandable way. This is expected:

to attract and enhance the attention towards Green/Sustainable Chemistry activities in general

to encourage further work from already practicing researchers

to encourage students to consider this area for their professional future

to underline, in a matter-of-fact way, the significance of Green/Sustainable Chemistry activities within and for the Latin America context.

The inclusion of a section on Green Chemistry education (like in the already mentioned book "GC in Africa) has the additional objective of linking research activities to the preparation of future specialists, by generating channels for a fast and effective dissemination of information (both the information stimulating research activities and the information resulting from them). The project may be a pilot initiative for future green-chemistry activities in Latin America by IUPAC and related associations (scientific collaborations, networking, etc.).

Project completed - The book Quimica Verde in Latino America (Green Chemistry Series. N° 11; ISBN 88-88214-16-X) has been published by INCA in August 2004, and is available online @ <www.incaweb.org/publications/ gcbooks.php>

Last update: 30 November 2004

<project announcement published in Chem. Int. Sep-Oct 2004>

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