Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No.4, July 2000

2000, Vol. 22
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Reports from Commissions and Division Committees

Commission on Electrochemistry (I.3)

Summary of Minutes of Commission Meeting at IUPAC General Assembly, Berlin, Germany, 8-10 August 1999

The Chairman reported on the new project-based structure for IUPAC to be implemented after the General Assembly in 2001 and on IUPAC's strategic goals. Attention was also drawn to interdivisional initiatives, especially regarding coordination of environmental projects and the strategic initiative on materials chemistry, both of which are highly relevant for electrochemistry and Commission I.3.

The following projects have been completed recently: "Spectroelectrochemistry: A survey of in situ spectroscopic techniques", W. Plieth, G. Wilson, and C. Gutierrez, published in Pure Appl. Chem., 70, pp.1395-1414, 1998, and "Electrochemical nanotechnology. In situ local probe techniques at electrochemical interfaces", W. J. Lorenz and W. Plieth, eds., Wiley-VCH, March 1998.

The following Technical Report projects, whose status were discussed during the meeting, are expected to be completed during the next biennium: "Measurements of redox potentials of proteins", F. Hawkridge and G. Wilson; "Electrochemistry at the interface of two electrolyte solutions", Z. Samec; "Electrochemistry for the environment", C. M. A. Brett and J. F. Rusling; and "State of the art of the waste water treatment for industrial plating facilities", M. de Vogelaere.

New projects to be proposed include "Electrochemistry and interfacial chemistry for environmental cleanup and green chemical processes" (see 990051_100_00.html), together with Commission I.6, which had already attracted cosponsorship from the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU), and "Size effects in electrochemical reactivity".

Joint meetings to discuss common projects and projects of mutual interest were held with Commissions I.1 (Physicochemical Symbols, Terminology, and Units), I.2 (Thermodynamics), I.6 (Colloid and Surface Chemistry including Catalysis), V.5 (Eletroanalytical Chemistry), and the Working Party on pH Measurement. There was agreement with Commission I.1, following lengthy discussion and optimization within Commission I.3 over the last three years, concerning the extensively revised electrochemistry section for the forthcoming new edition of the "Green Book" (Quantities, Units, and Symbols in Physical Chemistry).

Christopher Brett succeeded Waldfried Plieth as Chairman of the Commission in January 2000, and the new Secretary is Juan Feliu-Martinez.

Christopher Brett
IUPAC Commission on Electrochemistry I.3



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