Amphis pour Tous - Air pollution: how chemistry can help us see more clearly

4 December 2017 18:00 - 4 December 2017 19:30

The conference " Air pollution : how chemistry can help us to see more clearly ", presented by Jean-Luc Besombes, Professor of the Universities Laboratory of Molecular Chemistry and Environment (LCME), UFR Sciences and Mountain, will take place on Monday December 4 at 6pm at Archamps Technopole (Salève building, 1 Hermance amphitheater, 155 rue Ada Byron 74160 Archamps).

It will also be held on :

  • Tuesday 12 December 2017 at 6 pm in Chambéry (Presidency of USMB, 27 rue Marcoz, 73000 Chambéry)
  • Thursday 14 December 2017 at 6pm in Annecy (La Turbine sciences, Place Chorus, Cran-Gevrier 74960 Annecy)


Episodes of air pollution are increasingly covered by the media and arouse the emotions of public opinion. Ozone, nitrogen dioxide, fine particles are just a few examples of the compounds that alter the air we breathe. Air pollution comes in many forms and is characterised by very different phenomena depending on the season and the area. The sources of this pollution are multiple and, while discharges linked to human activities contribute significantly to the degradation of air quality, natural processes also participate in this phenomenon. While our knowledge of the conditions under which gaseous pollutants evolve has progressed considerably in recent decades, the phenomena of particle pollution still need to be better understood. In particular, we will see how exploring the chemical composition of these particles can provide a better understanding of their origins, their evolution and therefore their impacts.