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1st Chemistry in Energy Conference

The Energy Sector interest group of the Royal Society of Chemistry successfully organised the 1st Chemistry in Energy conference. This event was hosted at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 20th-22nd July 2015.

During the conference, Professor John Irvine (St Andrew’s University) was presented as the winner of the 2015 Sustainable Energy Award. This prestigious RSC Award is given for the contributions of chemical sciences to sustainable energy, including development or understanding of materials and processes and the improvement of existing technologies through the application of the chemical sciences.

We would like to congratulate John on his award and thank him for his outstanding and sustained contributions to low carbon energy generation, in particular the development of electrode materials for solid oxide fuel cells.

He was presented with his medal by Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer (Energy Sector representative) and gave his inaugural award lecture titled “Low carbon energy generation and the development of electrode materials for solid oxide fuel cells” as part of a special session during the conference.

The picture shows Cesar Palmero, (RSC Development Editor), John Irvine (2015 Sustainable
Energy Award Winner) and Mercedes Maroto-Valer (RSC Energy Sector Representative)



Take a look at some of the latest publications by Professor John Irvine:

Guan Zhang, Chengsheng Ni, Lingjuan Liu, Guixia Zhao, Federica Fina and John T. S. Irvine
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015,3, 15413-15419

Nano-composite structural Ni–Sn alloy anodes for high performance and durability of direct methane-fueled SOFCs
Jae-ha Myung, Sun-Dong Kim, Tae Ho Shin, Daehee Lee, John T. S. Irvine, Jooho Moon and Sang-Hoon Hyun
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015,3, 13801-13806

Hierarchically nanoporous La1.7Ca0.3CuO4−δ and La1.7Ca0.3NixCu1−xO4−δ (0.25 ≤ x ≤ 0.75) as potential cathode materials for IT-SOFCs
Xiubing Huang, Tae Ho Shin, Jun Zhou and John T. S. Irvine
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015,3, 13468-13475

Oxygen storage capacity and thermal stability of the CuMnO2–CeO2 composite system
Xiubing Huang, Chengsheng Ni, Guixia Zhao and John T. S. Irvine
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015,3, 12958-12964

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Additionally, ES: Processes & Impacts is delighted to announce a high profile web collection on chemistry in energy, in conjunction with the organisers of this 1st Chemistry in Energy conference. Authors of accepted conference presentations (oral and poster) are invited to submit a full paper for possible inclusion in this web collection.

All manuscripts must fit within the scope of the journal to be considered for the collection and will be refereed in accordance to the standard procedures of Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts. In this respect, invited articles will be treated in the same way as regular submissions to the journal.

The deadline for receipt of manuscripts for this themed is 30 September 2015. Please feel free to get in touch with the editorial office at ESPI-RSC@rsc.org if you have any questions about this collection.

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RSC awards and prizes recognise excellence across the chemical sciences. Why not nominate someone?
Nominations for 2016 open on the 1st October 2015.

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2nd National Environmental Eco-Toxicology Conference

The 2nd National Environmental Eco-Toxicology Conference was held in Xiamen, China, 25th-28th of April, 2015.

This exciting conference was jointly organised by the Research Center for Eco-environmental Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Xiamen University and the Institute of Urban Environment of CAS.

More than 700 attendees shared new ideas and recent development on the are six topics discussed during this conference:

  • Screening and assessment of high risk chemical contaminants
  • Transfer and distribution of chemical contaminants in the environment and organisms
  • Chemical hazards evaluation
  • Toxicology mechanism of chemical ecology
  • Toxicological mechanism of chemical health effects
  • Chemical risk management


During the conference, the Environmental Science (ES) series of journals sponsored three poster prizes. Let’s introduce the winners!

ES: Processes & Impacts: ‘Study on the toxicity behavior of organic phosphate ester flame retardant to pattern fish’, by Liwei Sun (Zhejiang Institute of Technology)

ES: Water Research & Technology: ‘Bioaccumulation behaviour of short chain chlorinated paraffins in Antarctic ecosystem’, by Huijuan Li and Aiqian Zhang (Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences)

ES: Nano: ‘Proinflammatory effects of silver nanoparticles and silver ions on human skin keratinocytes’, by Yang Di, Wei Hong-ying, Wang Bin, Fan Jing-pu, Qin Yu, Liu Yue, Guo Xin-biao and Deng Fu-rong (Peking Universty)

Congratulations to all the winners!

The judges of the prize thought the quality of the posters was really high and, from the Environmental Science team, we would like to thank all the researchers that attended or presented at the conference.

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Emerging Contaminants Conference

Emerging contaminants in waters and soils, practical considerations:- Sampling, analysis and consequences

Wednesday 4 March 2015

The Source Skills Academy, Sheffield, UK

This event organised by the Water Science Forum, the Environmental Chemistry Group and the International Network of Environmental Forensics with support from the Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division will focus on exploring the chemistry of emerging contaminants which have recently been discovered in soil and/or water environments and are considered to be a potential risk to the environment and/or and human health.

Register by the 17th of Feb for EARLY BIRD Discount!

Programme topics include:

  • Emerging and Priority Pollutants
  • Comparison of active and passive sampling in relation to contaminants of emerging concern
  • Emerging contaminants in groundwater
  • Stereochemistry of pharmacologically active compounds
  • Lecture by the Royal Society of Chemistry’s 2014 Sustainable Water Prize Winner Simon Parsons

For more information visit www.rsc.org/events/detail/16644 or scan the code:

We hope to see you there!

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Environmental Monitoring in the Energy Sector: Exploring parallels between shale gas and nuclear

The Royal Society of Chemistry is holding a free half-day event which will consider the current and future role of chemistry in environmental monitoring in the energy sector.  The event will centre on a comparison between shale gas, an emerging technique in the UK and the established nuclear sector. The event is likely to be of interest to people working on environmental monitoring in the energy sector as well as individuals with wider interests in environmental monitoring techniques including geoscientists, chemists and toxicologists. 

The event will begin with a brief overview of the current energy landscape and the respective roles and prospects for established and emerging energy technologies. This will be followed by an introduction on the extraction of shale gas by ‘fracking’ and its emerging profile in the energy sector. The speakers will then give perspectives on challenges in monitoring for the shale gas industry comparing with approaches in the nuclear industry.  The talks will include strategies and techniques developed to ensure accurate and effective monitoring of both land and water.  Following each presentation there will be a brief Question & Answer session. 

The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion looking at commonalities and differences between the sectors, areas for collaboration and knowledge-exchange, the role for chemistry in developing and adapting methods for environmental monitoring in the UK’s evolving energy landscape and whether the extraction of shale gas presents a specific set of new challenges for research.

There will also be opportunities for informal networking between delegates.

This invitation-only event will take place at the Chemistry Centre in Burlington House, London, from 13:30 – 18:00 on Thursday 26 September. There is no registration fee but registration is required prior to the event. 

If you are interested in attending the event, please visit the website to register your interest in attending.

 

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Dioxin 2012 Symposium

Cairns convention centre This year’s International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants will be held in Cairns, Australia, at the Cairns Convention Centre. The conference runs from 26-31 August 2012.

Each year, the International Dioxin Symposium provides an excellent opportunity for the presentation and discussion of the most current scientific research on POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) across all disciplines, including analytical and environmental chemistry, molecular biology, human health, risk assessment and risk management.

This year’s Symposium Chairs are Jochen Mueller and Caroline Gaus, from the National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology (Entox) at the University of Queensland.

Cairns at nightA wide range of core topics on analytical and environmental chemistry, environmental and human toxicology, epidemiology, exposure assessment, as well as regulation, risk assessment and management will be covered. Dioxin 2012 will also feature discussion on important global and current regional issues, focusing on topics such as emerging contaminants, marine and eco-toxicology, and chemical regulation and policy. For more information on this exciting conference and details of how to register, please see the website.

In attendance at the conference will be Professor Beate Escher, Editorial Board Member and Associate Editor for the Journal of Environmental Monitoring. I’m sure she’d be delighted to meet you.

Important dates for your diaries:

Abstract submission opens – 7 March 2012
Registration – Now open
Abstract submission deadline – 14 May 2012
Notifications to submitters – 15 June 2012
Early bird registration closes – 22 June 2012

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GE-RSC International Symposium on Water Re-use

The GE CTC-RSC International Symposium on Water Reuse to be held at the GE China Technology Center in Shanghai on 19-20 April 2012 will feature a selection of lectures covering water reuse, including water treatment technology and materials, water reuse and water reclamation.

This meeting is free to attend and will feature leading international scientists including Dr John Barber (GE), Prof. Guang-Hao Chen (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Prof. Jiahui Shao (Shanghai Jiaotong University) and Prof. David Stuckey (Imperial College, UK), plus a poster session.

Deadlines:

  • Poster abstract submission is Monday 9 April, 2012
  • Registration is Monday 16 April, 2012

More information and details of how to register can be found on the website.

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Deadlines approaching for Challenges in Renewable Energy (ISACS4)

Challenges in Renewable Energy (ISACS4)

5 – 8 July 2011

MIT, Boston, USA

  • Call for posters – deadline 6 May 2011
  • Early bird registration – deadline 6 May 2011
  • Registration – deadline 3 June 2011

www.rsc.org/isacs4

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ACS Anaheim highlights from JEM Deputy Editor Michael Smith

JEM Deputy Editor Michael Smith shares some of the environmental highlights from the talks at ACS Anaheim:

Richard Luthy

“The vital need to tackle the water supply shortage in California was highlighted by Richard Luthy (Stanford University). As the opening speaker in the session on Environmental and Geochemical Aspects of Sustainable Water Reuse, Professor Luthy described a current project in which he is working with colleagues in economics and the social sciences to help identify the drivers and hindrances in implementing water re-use policies. Although he stressed that costs are a key element to be factored in, he considered that this area was as much a sociological challenge as an environmental engineering one.

The day ended with a panel discussion during which Chris Impellitteri (from the EPA in Cincinnati) pointed out that much could be learned from expertise gained in Singapore and Australia and he stressed the need for wider collaboration with other agencies to maximize successful water reuse programmes.”

Chris Impellitteri has previously published research on speciation of organotins in PVC pipes – why not take a look:

Speciation of organotins in polyvinyl chloride pipe via X-ray absorption spectroscopy and in leachates using GC-PFPD after derivatisation
Christopher A. Impellitteri, Otis Evans and Bruce Ravel
J. Environ. Monit., 2007, 9, 358-365
DOI: 10.1039/B617711E

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Off to Anaheim? Meet Deputy Editor Michael Smith there

We are excited to be off to the ACS Spring 2011 meeting in Anaheim next week – especially as Molecular BioSystems Editorial Board member Dr Madan Babu will be giving the Molecular BioSystems Award Lecture on Wednesday morning, at 8.30 am in the Marquis Northeast Ballroom of the Anaheim Marriott .

Deputy Editor Michael Smith will be at the meeting on behalf of Molecular BioSystems, Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Integrative Biology and would be delighted to meet you, so do come and say hello!

RSC Publishing will also be at Booth 903, find out more about what we’ll be doing here.

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Weathering the ‘perfect storm’ – food, water and energy security

Hosted by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) in London yesterday (17th Feb) this one-day seminar focussed on  the enormous challenges facing the management of the world’s resources. Perspectives from industry, academia and non-governmental organizations addressed how climate change and population growth would impact on water, food and energy.

Chris Huhne MP addresses the Symposium

Rt Hon. Chris Huhne MP, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change

The Keynote address was given by Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Other speakers  included: Professor Julia Slingo, Chief Scientist at the Met Office; Dr Glyn Davies, Director of Programmes at WWF-UK and Mike Barry, Head of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer.

Take a look at the RGS website for more information.

View related articles of interest from the pages of JEM here.

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