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Vol. 28 No. 1
January-February 2006

IUPAC IN BEIJING—Division Roundups Part II

Part I of the Division Roundups from the 2005 General Assembly (GA) in Beijing appeared in the Nov.-Dec. 2005 CI. That article covered 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, and CHEMRAWN.
This article covers the following:

—Division V. Analytical Chemistry
Division VI. Chemistry and the Environment
Division VII. Chemistry and Human Health
Interdivisional Subcommittee on Materials Chemistry
Committee on Chemistry Education
Committee on Chemistry and Industry

Division V. Analytical Chemistry
Roger Smith, Secretary

The Analytical Chemistry Division (ACD) includes a symposium or workshop in its annual meetings. These explore emerging and challenging areas in analytical chemistry, with a view to identifying potential new projects and suitable task groups. The several guests and young observers at the ACD meeting in Beijing contributed to worthwhile discussions and brought new perspectives.

The ACD is very conscious of the need to make its work both public and relevant.

This year’s symposium on Future Opportunities and Challenges for Analytical Chemistry covered the following topics: Separations Science, Molecular Spectroscopy, Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, Nuclear Methods in Radioanalytical (and Radio-Pharmaceutical) Chemistry, Bioanalytical Chemistry, Emerging Needs in Developing Countries, Opportunities for New Critical Evaluations, and Metrology and Quality Assurance. The division also hosted a successful and well-attended interdivisional meeting on metrological traceability concepts in chemical analysis.

The ACD focuses its effort on a series of core activities and emerging areas. The four core activities are critical evaluation, quality assurance, terminology, and communication. The emerging areas are bioanalytical chemistry, nanotechnology, and emerging needs for developing countries. Each theme has an associated team of titular members, associate members, and national representative. An assessment of our commitment to these priority areas was an important aspect of discussions in Beijing. Communication within the division is aided by the circulation of the division newsletter Teamwork to all committee and task group members involved in project work.

An important activity of the meeting was to review all of the current ACD projects. This task was aided by the regular progress reports supplied by the task group chairmen of each project. These reports are subsequently posted on the project web pages. An important consideration for each project evaluation is the proposal for dissemination. As well as projects on important analytical topics, such as the comparability of pH measurements and the chemical speciation of environmentally significant heavy metals, each of the division’s priority areas is well represented in the project portfolio.

A number of projects will assist the updating of the terminology in the Orange Book. The Subcommittee on Solubility and Equilibrium Data has continued to evaluate a wide range of chemical data important to industry, which has lead to numerous publications. Interdivisional projects include the Critical Compendium of Pesticide Physical Chemistry Data, and Analytical Capacity Building in Africa. The Interdivisional Working Party on the Harmonization of Quality Assurance has continued its work in areas such as Terminology for Soil Sampling, Proficiency Testing Methods, and Metrological Traceability Concepts in Chemical Analysis.

The ACD is very conscious of the need to make its work both public and relevant. A particularly visible activity has been the series of articles in Chemistry International on “Emerging Issues in Developing Countries,” which is coordinated by Jan Åke Jönsson. The most recent article was also featured in Gallium, the special newsletter published for the GA.

The division officers for 2006–2007 will be Ryszard Lobinski (president, France), Ales Fajgelj (vice president, Slovenia), Kip Powell (past president, New Zealand), and Roger Smith (secretary, UK). Professors Paul De Bièvre (Belgium), Walter Lund (Norway), and Jan Labuda (Slovakia) were elected as new titular members.


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