Five Years of Chemistry — Chemistry and the SDGs

A special issue of Chemistry (ISSN 2624-8549).

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Laboratory of Industrial and Synthetic Organic Chemistry (LISOC), Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technologies, University of Calabria, Via Pietro Bucci, 12/C, 87036 Arcavacata di Rende, Italy
Interests: new syntheses of high value added molecules through catalytic assembly of simple units; innovative syntheses of heterocyclic molecules of pharmaceutical; agrochemical; applicative interest; carbonylation chemistry; use of non-conventional solvents in organic synthesis; synthesis and semi-synthesis of bioactive compounds of pharmaceutical or agrochemical interest; synthesis of new materials for advanced applications; extraction; characterization; evaluation of the biological activity of bioactive principles from natural matrices
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Interests: light harvesting using inorganic coordination complexes as dyes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs); development of emissive complexes for application in light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs); water splitting and water oxidation catalysts;functional coordination polymers and networks
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Dear Colleagues,

In 2015, the United Nations member states adopted The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This document provides a blueprint and actions for ensuring a healthy, peaceful and prosperous planet. The core actions are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are imperative for all nations to act together in a global partnership to address the most urgent challenges to our planet's and species' sustainability. These bold goals attempt to solve all issues through mutually synergistic strategies to end poverty and inequality whilst improving health and education, tackling climate change, preserving our environment, and spurring economic growth. To fulfil these goals, we must build strategies focusing on improving health and education, ensuring economic growth and gender equality. These strategies must go together with actions in water, energy, climate, oceans, urbanization, transport, science, and technology.

Chemistry plays a pivotal role in developing technologies to achieve sustainable fuels and energy vectors, achieve food security and sustainable agriculture, and chemicals for health care or clean water. Process intensification must help reduce plant size and by-products and favour reducing countries' and regions' inequalities. Waste reduction by recycling and more efficient green chemical processes will ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. Catalysis is central to most chemical technologies; biomass-to-fuels or CO2-to-commodities are examples of catalytic-driven processes. New therapies rely not only on small molecule chemistry, but also on solid state chemistry, biochemistry or polymer chemistry: magnetic nanoparticles offer new potential for cell destruction, biochemical therapy can overcome neurotransmission problems, and smart nanopolymers that change their conformation to deliver drugs to specific targets are among chemistry-based technologies helping to fulfil the SDGs.

This Special Issue aims to emphasize the role of chemistry and, in particular, catalysis in helping to achieve the SDGs and tackle climate change.

All submitted papers will undergo rigorous peer review by international experts in the field. The collection of accepted manuscripts will be published as a Special Issue in Chemistry, the 5th Anniversary series.

Prof. Dr. José Antonio Odriozola
Prof. Dr. Bartolo Gabriele
Prof. Dr. Edwin Charles Constable
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  • sustainable development goals
  • catalysis
  • energy
  • diagnosis and therapy
  • nanoscale science
  • open Science
  • materials chemistry

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Chemical, Thermal, and Mechanical Properties of Sulfur Polymer Composites Comprising Low-Value Fats and Pozzolan Additives
Chemistry 2023, 5(4), 2166-2181; - 12 Oct 2023
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High sulfur-content materials (HSMs) formed via inverse vulcanization of elemental sulfur with animal fats and/or plant oils can exhibit remarkable mechanical strength and chemical resistance, sometimes superior to commercial building products. Adding pozzolan fine materials—fly ash (FA), silica fume (SF), ground granulated blast [...] Read more.
High sulfur-content materials (HSMs) formed via inverse vulcanization of elemental sulfur with animal fats and/or plant oils can exhibit remarkable mechanical strength and chemical resistance, sometimes superior to commercial building products. Adding pozzolan fine materials—fly ash (FA), silica fume (SF), ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS), or metakaolin (MK)—can further improve HSM mechanical properties and stability. Herein, we detail nine materials comprised of rancidified chicken fat, elemental sulfur, and canola or sunflower oil (to yield CFS or GFS, respectively) and, with or without FA, SF, GGBFS, or MK. The base HSMs, CFS90 or GFS90, contained 90 wt% sulfur, 5 wt% chicken fat, and 5 wt% canola or sunflower oil, respectively. For each HSM/fine combination, the resulting material was prepared using a 95:5 mass input ratio of HSM/fine. No material exhibited water uptake >0.2 wt% after immersion in water for 24 h, significantly lower than the 28 wt% observed with ordinary Portland cement (OPC). Impressively, CFS90, GFS90, and all HSM/fine combinations exhibited compressive strength values 15% to 55% greater than OPC. After immersion in 0.5 M H2SO4, CFS90, GFS90, and its derivatives retained 90% to 171% of the initial strength of OPC, whereas OPC disintegrated under these conditions. CFS90, GFS90, and its derivatives collectively show promise as sustainable materials and materials with superior performance versus concrete. Full article
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