28 No. 5
following review introduces a new series of articles on Tools
of the Trade, which will provide a forum for views and
discussion on one of the Union's goals: IUPAC will facilitate
the advancement of research in the chemical sciences through
the tools that it provides for international standardization
and scientific discussion.
The series, which will run through 20062007, was initiated
by Kip Powell, past president of the IUPAC Analytical Chemistry
Division (Division V). It will allow for a presentation of
key outputs from IUPAC projects and will cover all fields
of chemistry. As well as informing readers,it is hoped that
the series will renew awareness of the valuable contributions
IUPAC continues to make in facilitating the advancement of
research in the chemical sciences. If you wish to contribute
to this series, please contact <[email protected]>.
IUPAC Stability Constants Database
Leslie D. Pettit
stability constants (SC) are of vast importance to all scientists
(not just chemists)working quantitatively in solution. IUPAC
has been actively involved in the compilation of literature
values of such constants for over half a century. The project
was first considered in 1951 and the first compilation was
published in 1957 under the auspices of IUPAC. This was followed
by further volumes in 1964, 1971, and 1983. The editors of
these volumes, which included data to about 1973, included
most of the major pioneers in the field: G. Schwarzenbach
(Switzerland), L.G. Sillen (Sweden), G. Anderegg (Switzerland),
J. Bjerrum (Denmark), A. Martell (USA), H. Irving (UK), E.
Högfeldt (Sweden), and D. Perrin (Australia).
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