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01/04/10
Careers in Chemistry. Future Trends 22. Xenobiotics that bioaccumulate
Filed under: Position Searching, Mentoring, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 6:18 pm

It is interesting to read E. Grossman’s book on synthetic
chemicals that
have unintended consequences of
  - persistence in our environment and are either fliers,
swimmers or hoppers
  - bioaccumulate
  - endocrine disrupters
  - have epigenetic effects on organisms
  - are xenobiotic and toxic in specific organs.

Commenting on the subject, Joe Thornton, an associate
professor in the Center for
Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology at the University of Oregon
recommended three
changes that future chemists
might pursue  1  :

This is such a profound topic for all chemists to transform
our discipline and make it sustainable.

3 Responses to “Careers in Chemistry. Future Trends 22. Xenobiotics that bioaccumulate”

  1. site admin Says:


    Synthetic estrogens from birth control pills have
    been identified as being introduced into municipal
    waste. The active ingredient has been found to
    produce perturbations in aquatic eco-systems.
    See   1 .

  2. site admin Says:


    Institute of Green Science at Carnegie Mellon professor,
    Terry Collins interview   on TAML ligands for catalysts
    for synthetic estrogens
    (via TAML peroxide) removal.
  3. site admin Says:


    Short book summary by E. Grossman in
    Scientific American with American Chemical
    Council rebuttal.

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