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

December 12, 2017 6:00 PM - december 12, 2017 19:30

The conference "Atmospheric pollution: how chemistry can help us see things more clearly", presented by Jean-Luc Besombes, Professor at the Laboratoire de Chimie Moléculaire et Environnement (LCME), UFR Sciences et Montagne, will take place on Tuesday December 12 at 6pm at the USMB Presidency in Chambéry.

It will also be held on Thursday December 14th at 6pm in Annecy (La Turbine sciences, Place Chorus, Cran-Gevrier 74960 Annecy).


Episodes of air pollution are increasingly publicized and arouse the emotions of public opinion. Ozone, nitrogen dioxide and fine particles are just some of the compounds that alter the air we breathe. Air pollution takes many forms and is characterized by very different phenomena, depending on the season and the region. The sources of this pollution are manifold, and while emissions from human activities make a major contribution to the deterioration of air quality, natural processes also play a part. While our knowledge of the conditions under which gaseous pollutants evolve has advanced considerably in recent decades, we still need to better understand the phenomena of particle pollution. In particular, we'll be looking at how exploring the chemical composition of these particles can provide a better understanding of their origins, evolution and impact.