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Green Chemistry in Africa

Green Chemistry Series no. 5

P. Tundo and L. Mammino, eds.

INCA (Interuniversity Consortium "Chemistry for the Environment"), 2002
[ISBN 88-88214-07-0]


It is with great pleasure and a hint of pride that I am presenting this book on behalf of the IUPAC Sub-committee on Green Chemistry. IUPAC has always been keen on promoting theadvancement of science in developing countries. We sincerely wish that this publication on Green Chemistry will contribute to the spreading of knowledge in such a frontier area of chemistry. Africais vastly abundant in natural resources. This richness offers valuable opportunities for African countries to pursue novel routes to sustainable processes. Focusing on the search for such routes, asalternatives to western methodologies, and expanding their benefits is an exacting and excitingchallenge that can render African countries extremely competitive at international level.

IUPAC first established the Working Party on Green Chemistry within the III Division (Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry). The first tangible product of its activity has been a "Special Topic Issue" on Green Chemistry (Pure and Applied Chemistry, Vol. 77, July 2000) - which was also translated in Japanese. After that, IUPAC constituted the Interdivisional Subcommittee on Green Chemistry. The first action of the Committee was the organisation of the "Workshop on Green Chemistry Education", held in Venice (September 2001) in collaboration with INCA (Interuniversity Consortium "Chemistry for the Environment"). The proceedings have been published on the third volume of this "Green Chemistry Series" and presented in the book are the "state of the art" of education on Green Chemistry and a questionnaire. Also present were the Recommendations, aiming at strengthening the diffusion of Chemical Sciences into society through cleaner technologies. One of the most pressing Recommendation was:
"To disseminate Green Chemistry educational materials and techniques to bothdeveloped and developing nations".

Accordingly, the Subcommittee has proposed the preparation of a collaborative volume on Green Chemistry in Africa, with the specific aim of offering University lecturers a useful tool for theirteaching activities. The proposal has been accepted by IUPAC and this book is the outcome of the Subcommittee's work.

INCA is a non-profit organisation with the mission of encouraging the diffusion of knowledge,with particular emphasis on the safeguard of the environment and the role and importance of Chemical Sciences to this purpose. In order to pursue its mission, INCA is involved in a wide range of activities that span from research to publishing. The present volume is the fifth of the "Green Chemistry Series" produced by the Consortium.
Some of the book's authors convening in Pretoria (South Africa, 25-28 May 2002) for the first editing. From left to right: Liliana Mammio, Pietro Tundo, Egid Mubofu, Joseph Gaie, and Salie Lwenje.

This book originates from the passionate work of academicians based in African institutions and it aims at familiarising African students with the principles of clean and sustainable chemistry. The book is meant as an introduction into the challenges of Green Chemistry. We intend to enlarge the initiative it represents and a follow-up volume, for instance, would certainly be a measure of itssuccess.

A primary objective of this book is to highlight the major roles of chemistry in the study of the problems that will be discussed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, South Africa. August 26 - September 04, 2002) and in the design of valuable solutions for thosesame problems. I hereby express the hope that this book will contribute to attract researchers' and students' attention to the investigation of the means for sustainable development made available byChemistry.

Prof. Pietro Tundo
Chair of the IUPAC Sub-committee on Green Chemistry


Technical Coordinator: Alberto Procopio
214 pages

> Contents
> Foreword, Thomas T. Tidwell

> Corresponding project

> IUPAC and its Green Chemistry Initiative, and relevant IUPAC events

Publication available on the INCA website

<book announcement published in Chem. Int. 24(6) 2002>

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