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Vol. 27 No. 6
November-December 2005

IUPAC in Beijing—Division Roundups

- Division I. Physical and Biophysical Chemistry
- Division II. Inorganic Chemistry
-- Commission II.1. Isotopic Abundances and Atomic Weights
- Division IV. Polymer
- Division VIII. Chemical Nomenclature and Structure Representation
- CHEMRAWN

Division I. Physical and Biophysical Chemistry
Ron D. Weir, President

Much of the Division I meeting was devoted to reviewing the division’s busy biennium. Of the 30 projects that were active at some point between 2004–2005, 6 have been completed, 7 are interdivisional and continuing, and 17 others are ongoing. The titular members of the division were joined at their meetings by four young observers, two from the UK and two from the USA.

The division’s pilot project on Evaluation of Kinetic Data for Atmospheric Chemistry (1999-037-2-100) has proved to be very successfully and was the focus of extended discussions. The primary objective of this project was to make IUPAC’s evaluated kinetic database available on the Web so that researchers, and any others with an interest in atmospheric pollution, could access it easily. The Web site for the database <www.iupac-kinetic.ch.cam.ac.uk> generates more than 4000 accesses per week and there are now 370 subscribers to the service. These are increasing at the rate of about 10% annually. The success of this project points the way for other databases within the IUPAC project system.

It was pointed out that when the information in the database has appeared in printed journal format, it has resulted in high numbers of references. One such paper that was published in 1997 had 432 references in 89 journals, and a more recent one published in 2000 had 74 references in 26 journals.

Another project reviewed was the revised version of the so-called Green Book, Quantities, Units and Symbols in Physical Chemistry, and its various appendices. Arrangements are being made for the finalization of the publication according to IUPAC guidelines, with a plan for publication in 2006.

Following the division elections during spring 2005 and subsequent appointments confirmed at the meetings, there are now 22 division representatives: 10 titular members, 6 associate members, and 6 national representatives. In addition, there are three titular members and seven national representatives on Commission I.1 on Physicochemical Symbols, Terminology, and Units. These scientists and engineers are from 24 different countries and represent almost all of the subject specialities that are the responsibility of Division I.

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Part 2 of the Divisions Roundups from the 2005 GA will appear in the next issue of CI (Jan.-Feb. 2006)

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