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In this issue:
~ Shortcut to News & Notices from IUPAC
~ Recent publications
~ Recent IUPAC reports & recommendations
~ Provisional recommendations
~ New pages on iupac.org
~ Projects Front
~ IUPAC-sponsored Events
~ Beakers & Flasks


- - - - - -- SHORTCUT to NEWS & NOTICES from IUPAC -- - - - - -

* New IUPAC Officers
On 1 January 2006, Bryan Henry, Professor of Chemistry at the University
of Guelph, Canada, assumed the presidency of IUPAC. Also on 1 January,
Kazuko Matsumoto, Professor of Chemistry at the Waseda University,
Japan, became Vice-President or President-elect. Meanwhile David StC
Black, Professor of Chemistry at the University of New South Wales,
Australia, continues as Secretary General and Dr. Christoph F. Buxtorf
(Switzerland) as Treasurer. Prof. Leiv K. Sydnes (Norway) is now Past
President for 2006-2007.

* IUPAC-Richter Prize in Medicinal Chemistry
Call for nominations for the first IUPAC-Richter Prize is now open.

* Minutes of the 81st Bureau, 17-18 August 2005, Beijing, China

- - - - - -- RECENT PUBLICATIONS -- - - - - -

* Supramolecular assemblies with DNA
This paper highlights the research presented at the workshop entitled
DNA Supramolecular Assemblies, which was held in Avignon, France on 5-6
May 2004. The article first focusses on the recent progress achieved in
the design of supramolecular self-assemblies that mimic the molecular
recognition functionalities found with nucleic acids. Then, several
synthetic-DNA supramolecular assemblies currently developed to transport
nucleic acids into cells are described. The marriage of supramolecular
chemistry with nucleic acids as illustrated through examples in this
article will open new avenues for designing artificial molecular devices
and expand the current repertoire of supramolecular assemblies available.
Special Topic Article prepared for publication by Philippe Barthélémy,
Stephen J. Lee, and Mark Grinstaff
Pure Appl. Chem., Vol. 77, No. 12, pp. 2133-2148, 2005

* Heteroatom Chemistry
This collection of papers is based on the presentations made at the 7th
IUPAC International Conference on Heteroatom Chemistry (ICHAC-7) held in
Shanghai, China, on 21-25 August 2004. The following major themes were
the focus of the conference: Organocatalysis, Heteroatom chemistry
directed toward organic synthesis, Mechanistic and structural aspect of
heteroatom chemistry, New heteroatom-containing materials, Biologically
relevant heteroatom chemistry, Supramolecular chemistry of heteroatoms.
Conference Editor: Xiaoyu Huang
Pure Appl. Chem., Vol. 77, No. 12, pp. 1985-2132, 2005

* Physical Organic Chemistry
Collectively, these papers exemplify the vigor and topicality of the
overall scientific proceedings of ICPOC-17 (Shanghai, China on 15-20
August 2004), and convey something of the diversity of themes that
characterize current and future challenges in physical organic chemistry
and the growing research areas at interdisciplinary interfaces.
Conference Editor: Min-Bo Chen
Pure Appl. Chem., Vol. 77, No. 11, pp. 1807-1921, 2005

* Chemistry Conference in Africa
The scientific coverage of the 9th International Chemistry Conference in
Africa (ICCA-9, Tanzania 2-7 Aug 2004), included topics in analytical,
physical, organic, environmental, industrial, and natural products
chemistry. This issue of Pure and Applied Chemistry however features
only a small selection of papers arising from the main lecture program,
and serves to exemplify important features of the conference theme.
Conference Editor: Donnati M. S. Mosha
Pure Appl. Chem., Vol. 77, No. 11, pp. 1923-1964, 2005


* Atomic force microscopy and direct surface force measurements (IUPAC
Technical Report)
John Ralston, Ian Larson, Mark W. Rutland, Adam A. Feiler, and Mieke Kleijn
Pure Appl. Chem. 77(12), 2149-2170, 2005

* Nonspecific sensor arrays ("electronic tongue") for chemical analysis
of liquids (IUPAC Technical Report)
Yu. Vlasov, A. Legin, A. Rudnitskaya, C. Di Natale, and A. D'Amico
Pure Appl. Chem. 77(11), 1965-1983, 2005

- - - - - -- PROVISIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS -- - - - - -

* JCAMP-DX for Electron Magnetic Resonance
Comments by 31 January 2006

* XML-based IUPAC Standard for Experimental, Predicted, and Critically
Evaluated Thermodynamic Property Data Storage and Capture (ThermoML)

Comments by 31 January 2006

* Quantities, Units and Symbols in Physical Chemistry
Comments by 31 March 2006

* Glossary of Terms Used in Photochemistry
Comments by 31 March 2006

* Nomenclature for Rotaxanes
Comments by 30 April 2006

- - - - - -- NEW PAGES on IUPAC.ORG -- - - - - -

* Pure and Applied Chemistry
~ Online contents of 77(11) and 77(12) 2005

Also, the entire contents of Vol 76, 2004 is now accessible online.
A year after its publication, the entire contents of the IUPAC journal
is made freely available to all from the IUPAC web site. In addition to
IUPAC technical reports and recommendations, the full text of all papers
associated with published IUPAC-sponsored conferences is also made
freely accessible.

* Chemistry International
Jan-Feb 2006 online issue
~ “Inner Chemical Life” of Solids, by Joachim Maier
~ Nanotechnology: Does It Have a Sporting Chance? by Alan Smith
~ Spectroscopic Data: The Quest for a Universal Format, by Robert
Lancashire and Tony Davies
~ IUPAC in Beijing -- Division Roundups, Part II
~ and more News, Projects, Publications, etc.

If you are interested in writing a feature article for the IUPAC news
magazine, contact <[email protected]>. CI readership of about 9000
includes IUPAC members and affiliates, and individual subscribers from
more than 60 countries.

* The Green Book
The full text of this classic manual titled 'Quantities, Units and
Symbols in Physical Chemistry' is now online. This second edition
prepared for publication by I. Mills, T. Cvitas, K. Homann, N. Kallay,
and K. Kuchitsu, was first published in print in 1993.

- - - - - -- PROJECTS FRONT -- - - - - -


> Recently initiated projects

~ Chemistry for Biology - an inventory of interdivisional and
interdisciplinary activities within IUPAC in the field of biological
chemistry, by Torbjörn Norin
~ Calibration of organic and inorganic oxygen-bearing isotopic reference
materials, by Tyler B. Coplen
~ Evaluated published isotope ratio data (2005-2007), by Michael Berglund
~ Review of stand-alone drugs, by Janos Fischer
~ Plants as sources for nutraceuticals in Latinamerica, by Antonio Monge
~ New directions in teaching, learning and evaluation of chemical
sciences at tertiary level in Sri Lanka, by Neelakanthi E. Gunawardena
~ Micro-scale chemistry for student laboratories in India, by Mrignaini
~ Repeatability and reproducibility of sample preparation and analysis
in high-temperature SEC, by Valérie Grumel
~ Efficiency and reproducibility of temperature rising elution
fractionation, by Robert Brüll
~ Development of methodologies and protocols for documentation,
evaluation of safety and efficacy and standardization of herbal
medicine, by M. Mosihuzzaman
~ Establishment of guidelines for the validation of qualitative and
semi-quantitative (screening) methods by collaborative trial: a
harmonized protocol, by Elke Anklam
~ Selection and use of proficiency testing schemes for limited number of
participants, by A. Fajgelj
~ Microstructure and properties of thermotropic liquid crystalline
polymer blends and composites, by Jiasong He

- - - - -- IUPAC-SPONSORED EVENTS -- - - - - -

> Calendars, contacts info, and links to conference websites are all
compiled and accessible here...

>> Coming up in the next 4 months:
~ Green Chemistry, 10-13 January 2006
~ Photodynamics, 6-10 February 2006
~ Combining and reporting analytical results, 6-8 March 2006
~ Chemical Science Education in Sri Lanka, 11-12 March 2006
~ Heterocyclic Chemistry, 12-15 March 2006
~ Photochemistry, 2-7 April 2006
~ Advanced Materials, 17-21 April 2006

In that listing, note the flagged events where IUPAC poster prizes might
be awarded.
See also which 2006 national meetings selected by NAOs will have IUPAC
Poster Prizes awarded:

> Recently Sponsored Symposia and Conferences
~ Raman Spectroscopy, 20-25 Aug 2006
~ Physical Organic Chemistry, 20-25 Aug 2006
~ Macro- and Supramolecular Architectures and Materials, 28 May - 1 June

If you plan to organize a conference or symposium in 2007 or later, it
is not too soon to find out what it takes to make this event
IUPAC-sponsored. For more info, check the "Application for IUPAC

- - - - - -- BEAKERS & FLASKS -- - - - - -

* IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists - 2006 Solicitation
Deadline: 1 February 2006 - for entrants that receive their Ph.D. (or
equivalent) degree during the calendar year 2005.

* IUPAC-Richter Prize in Medicinal Chemistry
Deadline: 31 March 2006

* IUPAC Membership Updates
Most of the new 2006-07 committees memberships are now online.
What you see is what we have in our records - if something is not right,
please contact Paul at <[email protected]>.

* O que é a IUPAC?
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* ThermoML reception
IUPAC, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), FizChemie,
and Elsevier will co-sponsor a ThermoML reception on March 27, 2006 at
American Chemical Society meeting in Atlanta.
Contact Michael Frenkel <[email protected]> for more details, or
watch this space for updates:

* Networking in Africa
ICSU (The International Council of Science) has recently established a
regional office for Africa under the leadership of Sospeter Muhongo
<[email protected]>. The office is seeking to coordinate the
work of African scientists and those from other parts of the globe
actively involved in research and capacity building in the Africa
region. Colleagues interested in following up with this initiative
should contact <[email protected]> or <[email protected]>.

* Chemical Achievers
The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), an IUPAC'S Associated
Organizations, has launched a new version of its Chemical Achievers Web
site. The site contains images and biographical sketches for 81
significant figures in the history of the chemical and molecular
sciences. Chemical Achievers began as a book, written by CHF historian
Mary Ellen Bowden and published in 1997 as a tool for teachers.

* Science Alive!
Science Alive! is CHF’s new Web-based educational outreach program. It
brings to educators high-quality classroom and supplementary materials
that connect the history and nature of science with chemical concepts
taught in school. It aims to do so by presenting and analyzing the lives
of individual scientists. The first life examined is that of Percy Lavon
Julian, an African-American chemist who synthesized sex hormones and a
compound used to treat glaucoma, among other achievements.


Fabienne Meyers
email: <[email protected]>

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