International Year of Chemistry, 2011

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization IUPAC - International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

Partners for the
International Year of Chemistry 2011

Team

IYC Management Committee

The management committee was established in 2008 to stir up the IYC 2011 initiative. The group includes IUPAC officers and representatives of the major chemical federations from Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and representatives from the chemical industry and UNESCO.

    Chair
    John Malin , chair
    Tel+1 703 524 5553 or +1 919 485 8700
    email

    John retired from the American Chemical Society after 25 years as administrator of International Activities and Awards and as a grants administrator with the Petroleum Research Fund. Earlier, he worked at the National Science Foundation and as a professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.

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    UNESCO Representative
    Julia Hasler , programme specialist
    UNESCO Division of Basic and Engineering Science
    Tel+33 1 45 68 38 97
    email

    Born in Zimbabwe, and a graduate of the University of Cape Town with a Ph.D. in biochemistry, Julia worked at the University of Zimbabwe for 22 years, rising from lecturer to professor of biochemistry. In October 2003, she joined UNESCO in Paris as a program specialist and is now involved in efforts to promote international collaboration in the life sciences and chemistry.

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    IUPAC Representatives
    David StC. Black , secretary general
    Tel+61 2 9385 4657
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    David is a synthetic organic chemist at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He has published more than 250 papers and a monograph on the synthesis of organic molecules. He is secretary general of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. David was born in Wollongong, Australia, and graduated with a M.Sc. from the University of Sydney and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. He worked at Monash University from 1965-1982 and moved to the chair of Organic Chemistry at UNSW in 1983.

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    Mark Cesa , representative of the Committee on Chemistry and Industry
    Tel+1 630 420 5651
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    Mark is process chemistry consultant for INEOS Nitriles in suburban Chicago. He holds an A.B. in chemistry from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His research interests include homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, kinetics and mechanisms of organic reactions, and molecular modeling for the design of new catalysts. He has taught college-level courses at Ursuline College and John Carroll University. In IUPAC, Mark is Chair of the Committee on Chemistry and Industry, and coordinator of the IUPAC-UNESCO-UNIDO Safety Training Program.

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    John Corish , treasurer
    Tel+353 (1) 896 1776
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    John is an emeritus fellow and professor of Physical Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, with research interests in matter transport in solid materials, including transdermal drug delivery. He has also served as head of the School of Chemistry, as dean of the Faculty of Science, dean of Research and as bursar of Trinity College. He is a former president of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland and of the Inorganic Chemistry Division of IUPAC. Currently, John is treasurer of the Royal Irish Academy and treasurer of IUPAC.

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    Bryan Henry , past president
    Tel+1 519 824 4120
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    Bryan is a professor emeritus of the University of Guelph, Canada. His field of expertise is physical chemistry, with research interests in laser spectroscopy and theoretical chemistry. He has served as president of the Canadian Society for Chemistry, chair of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and IUPAC president. Bryan is an elected member of the Executive of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and is chair of the ICSU Finance Committee.

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    Jung-Il Jin , past president
    Tel+82 2 3290 3123
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    Jung-Il Jin is a Samsung Professor of Chemistry at Korea University of Seoul, Korea. He is a fellow and a board member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology. His research area is polymer science and functional materials.

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    Terry Renner , executive director
    Tel+1 919 485 8700
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    Peter Mahaffy , chair of the Committee on Chemistry Education
    Tel+1 780 465 3500
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    Peter is professor of chemistry at the King’s University College in Edmonton, Canada, and co-director of the King’s CRYSTAL Centre for Visualization in Science. His research is in the areas of chemistry education and organic chemistry, and he is a 3M National Teaching Fellow. He was the task group leader for obtaining UN designation for 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry.

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    Nicole Moreau , president
    Tel+33 1 49 77 94 02
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    Nicole is the General Secretary of the French ‘Comité National de la Chimie’. She worked at the CNRS as deputy Director of the Chemistry Department until 2005, then as full Professor at the University Paris 6, where she was in charge of teaching at the interface chemistry-life sciences at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie. Her more recent interest is for natural products, and screening for molecules with antibacterial activity.

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    Leiv Sydnes , chair of CHEMRAWN, the CHEMical Research Applied to World Needs committee
    Tel+47 55 58 34 50
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    Leiv was trained as a synthetic organic chemist at the University of Oslo where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1978. After two years as a postdoctoral fellow in Canada, he returned to Norway and taught at the University of Tromsø (in the Arctic) for 13 years before moving to his present position as professor in Bergen. Leiv has written many chemistry textbooks for high-school students and made television programs about chemistry for the general public. He had the pleasure of serving as IUPAC President in 2004-05. Back to top
    Natalia Tarasova , Bureau Member and liaison to the IYC Educational Committee
    Tel+7 499 978 7858
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    Natalia is director of the Institute of Chemistry and Problems of Sustainable Development at D. Mendeleyev University of Chemical Technology of Russia. She is a member of the IUPAC Bureau, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and vice-president of the Mendeleyev Chemical Society (Russia). She has M.Sc. degrees in radiation chemistry and applied mathematics, a Ph.D. in radiation chemistry, and a D.Sc. in inorganic chemistry. Back to top
    Other Representatives
    Colin Humphris
    International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA)
    Tel+44 1903 733 848
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    Colin is trained as a chemist and material scientist and worked in a variety of technical and business roles for BP. More recently, he worked for four years as Executive Director Research and Innovation in CEFIC (the European Chemical Industry Council), responsible for European chemical industry initiatives on sustainable chemistry and the impact of chemicals on environment and health. Back to top
    Wolfram Koch
    European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS)
    Tel+449 69 7917 320
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    Wolfram is executive director of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh). Before joining GDCh, Wolfram worked for IBM at research facilities in the USA and Germany and served on the faculty of the Technical University of Berlin as a professor of Theoretical Organic Chemistry. In the IYC Management Committee he represents the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences. Back to top
    Ahmed Mohammed
    Federation of African Societies of Chemistry (FASC)
    Tel+251 11 1239466
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    Ahmed is associate professor of computational chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, Addis Ababa University. He received his PhD from University of Innsbruck, Austria, 2001 and was a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nagoya University from 2002-2004. Ahmed is member of the Executive Committee of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia (CSE) and secretary of the Federation of African Societies of Chemistry (FASC). Back to top
    Ting-Kueh Soon
    Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS)
    Tel+60 3 7728 3272
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    Ting-Kueh Soon is president of the Institut Kimia Malaysia, located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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    Gabriel Infante
    Federación Latinoamericana de Asociaciones Química (FLAQ)
    Tel+1 787 766 1717
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    Gabriel is a professor of chemistry at the Universidad Metropolitanana, San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry and his research interests are in environmental chemistry. He has about 50 publications and more than 200 presentations at scientific meetings. Gabriel is president of the Organizing Committee for the IUPAC 2011 Congress. He is also past and honorary president of the Federacion Latinoamericana de Asociaciones Quimicas.

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