What's in your phone/sofa? Human exposure to flame retardant chemicals

Locations
Lecture Theatre 203, Haworth Building
Category
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Date(s)
Wednesday 14th May 2014 (17:15-18:15)
Contact

Charlotte K Jones
Email: c.k.jones@bham.ac.uk
Tel: 0121 414 5473

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Professor Stuart Harrad
Professor of Environmental Chemistry
School of Geogrpahy, Earth and Environmental Sciences
College of Life and Environmental Sciences 

Flame retardant chemicals are present in electronic goods and soft furnishings at percent levels. They migrate into the environment, contaminating our air, dust, food, and bodies. Even when we discard such items, this environmental contamination continues – albeit geographically shifted. Particularly elevated concentrations are found in food from areas of the developing world involved in treatment of electronic waste. This begs questions not only about how best we can achieve fire safety sustainably; but more generally about our use of resources. 

Part of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences Inaugural Lecture Series. 

17:15 Lecture Starts
18:15 Drinks and Canapés 

This event is free of charge but booking is required.