First International Conference on Sustainable Chemistry (Sustainable Chemistr)

Venue: University of Antwerp

Location: Antwerp, Belgium

Event Date/Time: Jul 06, 2011 End Date/Time: Jul 08, 2011
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A number of major environmental problems and societal concerns are related to the chemical industrial sector. As the demands of society increase in their quest for safer, better and more convenient products, the chemical industry is faced on the one hand with the possible depletion of natural resources and on the other with a large share of responsibility for the damage that may be caused to the environment and the population.

The EU is the largest producer of chemical products, well ahead of the USA or Japan, and within the EU the chemical industry is one of the largest sectors of manufacturing. Hence it seems appropriate for the first conference in this series to be held in Europe.

The main area of chemical activity consists of the conversion of various base metals into substances and materials with new chemical and physical properties. A substantial amount of research is being carried out regarding this conversion process. It is now necessary to incorporate in this process the requests of sustainability (joining People, Planet, and Profit) to ensure the long term prospects of the industry. This applies not only to the conversion process itself but to a series of associated activities, such as the chemical supply chain, performance measurements and different types of management tasks.

Achieving sustainable chemistry based on clean processing routes, efficient use of resources, renewable materials, adequate management systems and other activities is not only essential for the future of a competitive industry but also for a sustainable and healthy society and environment.

Key to sustainable chemistry are innovative and cleaner technologies and the development of appropriate business models, performance measurements, and better integrated management.

It is the aim of this first International Conference on Sustainable Chemistry to cover both technological and nontechnological topics. Academic and industrial research on these topics are the key to advancing the chemical industry sector and it’s sustainability for years to come. The topics represents those related to sustainability and chemistry, papers are invited on these and other suitable topics.

Conference topics include;
- Sustainable materials
- Multifunctional materials
- Process intensification
- Production of electrochemicals
- Rapid prototyping chemicals
- New separation processes
- Integration reaction/separation
- Improvement in catalysis
- Green solvents
- Exergy analysis
- Eco-efficiency
- Life cycle analysis (LCA)
- Renewable energy
- Carbon capture and storage
- Biorefineries
- Biorenewables
- Energy crops
- Bio-based materials
- Waste processing
- Membranes
- Microfluids
- Product safety
- Product security
- Toxicity reduction
- Chemicals and health
- Integrated management systems
- Sustainable logistics & supply chains
- Sustainable chemical warehousing
- Business and sustainable development
- Sustainable business models
- Consumer and market analysis
- Transition management
- Lean chemistry