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  • Lichtfouse, Eric
  • Schwarzbauer, Jan
  • Robert, Didier
ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS Volume: 10 Issue: 1 Pages: 1-4 Published: 2012

This article is both an essay to propose social chemistry as a new scientific discipline and a preface of the books Environmental Chemistry for a Sustainable World. Environmental chemistry is a fast emerging discipline aiming at the understanding the fate of pollutants in ecosystems and at designing novel processes that are safe for ecosystems. Past pollution should be cleaned, and future pollution should be predicted and avoided (Lichtfouse et al. 2005a). Such advices are still not applied by humans as demonstrated by the Fukushima nuclear event and global warming. Human errors are repeatable. We therefore suggest a possible solution, which involves bridging chemistry and society by integrating social sciences in chemical research. In particular, citizen discourse analysis should be useful to design chemicals that are both innovative and accepted by society. Then, we present the recent success of environmental chemistry through the foundation of the Association of Chemistry and the Environment; the increase in the impact factor of Environmental Chemistry Letters from 0.814 in 2006 to 2.109 in 2009; and over 35,000 chapter downloads of the book Environmental Chemistry. Lastly, we highlight major topics of the new book series Environmental Chemistry for a Sustainable World (Lichtfouse et al. 2011a, b). The two first volumes are entitled Nanotechnology and Health Risk, and Remediation of Air and Water Pollution.

Author Keyword(s)
  • Social chemistry
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Fukushima
  • Chernobyl
  • Climate change
  • Society issues
  • Pollutants
  • Nanotechnology
  • Health
  • Water pollution
  • Remediation
  • Discourse analysis
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ESI Discipline(s)
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Environment/Ecology
Web of Science Category(ies)
  • Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
  • Engineering, Environmental
  • Environmental Sciences

[Lichtfouse, Eric] INRA, UMR Agroecol, F-21065 Dijon, France; [Schwarzbauer, Jan] Rhein Westfal TH Aachen, Lab Organ Geochem Anal, Inst Geol & Geochem Petr & Coal, D-52056 Aachen, Germany; [Robert, Didier] UPV Metz, European Lab Catalysis & Surface Sci, LMSPC, CNRS UMR7515, F-57500 St Avold, France

Reprint Adress

Lichtfouse, E (reprint author), INRA, UMR Agroecol, BP 86510, F-21065 Dijon, France.

  • France
  • Germany
CNRS - Adress(es)
  • Institut de Chimie et Procédés pour l'Energie, l'Environnement et la Santé (ICPEES), UMR7515
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