IUPAC e-news, 16 January 2008
This issue is online as <http://www.iupac.org/news/e-news/080116.html>

"Knowledge sharing and partnership building are becoming ever more important in the knowledge-based society of the 21st century. IUPAC, without any doubt or prejudice, should try to become the global leader in fulfilling this international duty and responsibility." Jung-Il Jin.
Extract from IUPAC President's column, CI Jan '08.


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 2008, Jung-Il Jin, Professor of Chemistry at the Korea University, College of Sciences, Seoul, Korea, assumed the Presidency of IUPAC - the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. Also on 1 January, Nicole Moreau became Vice-President and President-elect. She is Emeritus Professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSCP), where she was responsible for teaching at the interface Chemistry-Life Sciences and the leader of the Laboratory of Biochemistry. John Corish starts as Treasurer; he holds the Chair of Physical Chemistry at Trinity College, University of Dublin, is a Fellow of Trinity College, and is currently Head of its School of Chemistry. Bryan Henry, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Guelph, Canada, became Past President, while David StClair Black, Professor of Chemistry at the University of New South Wales, Australia, continues as Secretary General.

... more News at <http://www.iupac.org/news/index.html>


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

* Biophysico-Chemical Processes of Heavy Metals and Metalloids in Soil

Written by a multidisciplinary group of soil and environmental scientists, Biophysico-Chemical Processes of Heavy Metals and Metalloids in Soil Environments provides the scientific community with a critical qualitative and quantitative review of the fundamentals of the processes of pollutants in soil environments. The book covers pollutants' speciation, mobility, bioavailability and toxicity, and impacts on development of innovative restoration strategies. In addition, the development of innovative remediation strategies for polluted soils is covered.
Antonio Violante, Pan Ming Huang, Geoffrey M. Gadd (eds.)
John Wiley & Sons, 2007 [ISBN 978-0-471-73778-0]

* Eurasia Conference on Chemical Sciences

The 9th Eurasia Conference on Chemical Sciences (EuAs C2S-9) was held in Antalya, Turkey, 9-13 September 2006. The choice of Turkey as a venue was especially appropriate in view of its special location and character as a bridge between Europe and Asia. Turkey's rich history and diversified cultural heritage provided an extra dimension to the atmosphere of the conference. The aim of the Eurasia Conferences is to support the scientific research of chemists in the Eurasia continent by inviting the participation of leading scientists from around the world. The Eurasia region has increased its profile in chemistry, particularly in chemical biology, over the last 20 years.
Conference Editor: Bilge Sener
Pure Appl. Chem. Vol. 79, No. 12, pp. 2101-2177 (2007)

* Chemistry for Biology

IUPAC is alert to new developments in all areas in which the role of chemistry is implicated. In an earlier initiative, the scope of activities of two of the IUPAC Divisions of basic chemistry (viz. organic and physical chemistry) was expanded to include the activities directed at understanding the chemical basis of biological phenomena. Furthermore, an interdivisional committee on biomolecular chemistry was established. Deliberations within this committee have resulted in the development of the IUPAC project 2005-042-1-300 on "Chemistry for Biology", <http://www.iupac.org/projects/2005/2005-042-1-300>. The focus of this project was to organize a Symposium-in-Print that would illustrate the fundamental role of chemistry in a wide variety of biological topics.
Symposium-in-Print Editors: Torbjörn Norin and Upendra Pandit
Pure Appl. Chem. Vol. 79, No. 12, pp. 2179-2366 (2007)

* IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists - Special PAC topic articles featuring
the 2007 Winners

The IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists encourages young scientists throughout the world to compete in an annual competition that requires candidates to submit short essays based upon the topic of their Ph.D. studies. Starting in 2002, prizewinners have been invited to submit manuscripts on aspects of their research topics for consideration as short, critical review articles to be published in Pure and Applied Chemistry. Following peer review, the most recent series of articles was published in the January 2008 issue of PAC and includes the following critical reviews:
- Stereochemical effects on intervalence charge transfer
Deanna M. D'Alessandro and F. Richard Keene
- Beyond switches: Rotaxane- and catenane-based synthetic molecular motors
Euan R. Kay and David A. Leigh
- Quest for the ideal olefin metathesis catalyst
Anna Michrowska and Karol Grela
- Nanoscale surface chemistry in self- and directed-assembly of organic molecules on solid surfaces and synthesis of nanostructured organic architectures
Feng Tao



* Further conventions for NMR shielding and chemical shifts (IUPAC
Recommendations 2008)
Robin K. Harris, Edwin D. Becker, Sonia M. Cabral de Menezes, Pierre
Granger, Roy E. Hoffman and Kurt W. Zilm
Pure Appl. Chem., 2008, Vol. 80, No. 1, pp. 59-84

* Performance evaluation criteria for preparation and measurement of
macro- and microfabricated ion-selective electrodes (IUPAC Technical Report)
Ernö Lindner and Yoshio Umezawa
Pure Appl. Chem., 2008, Vol. 80, No. 1, pp. 85-104

* Transport of pesticides via macropores (IUPAC Technical Report)
Werner Kördel, Hans Egli and Michael Klein
Pure Appl. Chem., 2008, Vol. 80, No. 1, pp. 105-160

* Chemists and "the public": IUPAC's role in achieving mutual
understanding (IUPAC Technical Report)
Peter Mahaffy, Anthony Ashmore, Bob Bucat, Choon Do and Megan Rosborough
Pure Appl. Chem., 2008, Vol. 80, No. 1, pp. 161-174

* Impact of scientific developments on the Chemical Weapons Convention
(IUPAC Technical Report)
Mahdi Balali-Mood, Pieter S. Steyn, Leiv K. Sydnes and Ralf Trapp
Pure Appl. Chem., 2008, Vol. 80, No. 1, pp. 175-200


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

* Glossary of Terms Used in Pharmaceutics
Comments by 30 April 2008

* Metrological Traceability of Measurement Results in Chemistry
Comments by 29 February 2008


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

* Pure and Applied Chemistry
~ Online contents of 79(12), 2007 and 80(1), 2008

* Chemistry International

January - February 2008 online issue
~ Protecting Cultural Heritage: Reflections on the Position of Science in Multidisciplinary Approaches by Jan Wouters
~ Radionuclides and Radiochemistry, Part II
~ The Emerging Regulatory Environment: Proceedings of the World Chemistry Leadership Meeting by Colin Humphris and Mark Cesa
~ IUPAC in Torino, Italy—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 10000 includes IUPAC members and affiliates, and individual subscribers from more than 60 countries.


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


> Recently initiated projects:

~ Evaluated published isotope ratio data (2007-2009), by Michael Berglund
~ Research-based evaluation of the Young Ambassadors for Chemistry project, by Lida Schoen
~ International Center for Natural Product Research, by M. Mosihuzzaman
~ Ultrafast intense laser chemistry, by Kaoru Yamanouchi
~ Postgraduate course in polymer science, by Pavel Kratochvil
~ Mechanistic aspects of chemical vapor generation of volatile hydrides for trace element determination, by Alessandro D'Ulivo
~ Assessment of Theoretical methods for the Study of reactions involving Global Warming Gas species Degradation and byproduct formation, by Ponnadurai Ramasami


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

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

> Recently sponsored symposia and conferences
~ Chemistry of Vanadium, 17-19 July 2008
~ Bioanalytical and Biochemistry, 27 July - 2 Aug 2008
~ High Temperature Materials, 14-18 Sep 2009
~ Physical Organic Chemistry, 13-18 July 2008

If you plan to organize a conference or symposium in 2009 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 Sponsorship" at <http://www.iupac.org/symposia/application.html>

> Review the 2008 calendar and plan for the new year ...


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

* IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists
Deadline: 1 February 2008
The IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists has been established to encourage outstanding young research scientists at the beginning of their careers. The prize will be given for the most outstanding Ph.D. thesis in the general area of the chemical sciences, as described in a 1000-word essay.

* Strong Science for Better Chemicals Management
Launched 10 years ago, the Long-Range Research Initiative (LRI) is one of the major voluntary initiatives of the European chemical industry to support its competitiveness and innovation potential. LRI aims to identify and fill gaps in our understanding of the hazards posed by chemicals and to improve the methods available for assessing the associated risks. In the context of its LRI programme, the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) is requesting grant applications.
Deadline for submission is 26 February 2008.

* Chemical Heritage Foundation Fellowships in Residence
CHF encourages applications for long-term and short-term fellowships in residence at CHF for the academic year 2008-09. These fellowships are for scholars working in some area of the history of chemical sciences, technologies, or industries (broadly construed) in all chronological and geographical areas. To get a better sense of the kinds of research CHF supports, visit the website and review the work being done by current and past fellows.

* ICSU Insight - Newsletter, December 2007

* www.photochemistry.eu
The webpage of the European Photochemistry Association has been redesigned and new features have been added.
Visit <http://www.photochemistry.eu>
Comments and suggestions are welcome; email the EPA webmanager at <[email protected]>.

* Microscale and Sustainable Chemistry
A Symposium on Microscale and Sustainable Chemistry in Merida, Mexico, is being organized this coming April. For further info and registration, please contact <[email protected]> or visit

* Chemistry for Sustainable Development
The Nepal Chemical Society '08 Congress to be held in Kathmandu, 23-25 May 2008, will discuss the latest developments in chemical researches, technologies and chemical education with special emphasis on role of chemistry on the sustainable development and improvement of the quality of life in developing countries. Visit <http://www.ncs.org.np>


Fabienne Meyers
email: <[email protected]>

* About IUPAC e-news
To subscribe or submit a news item, visit: