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Vol. 30 No. 1
January-February 2008

From the Editor

image of Fabienne MeyersIn 2008, IUPAC will publish the 80th volume of its scientific journal Pure and Applied Chemistry (PAC) and the 30th volume of its news magazine Chemistry International (CI).

By serendipity, the anniversary of PAC coincides with the recent unveiling of a new online interface that makes the journal contents more easily available and searchable. Online PAC provides access to slightly more than 30 years of IUPAC reports, recommendations, and selected lectures from IUPAC-sponsored conferences.

Thirty years is also the approximate age of CI. Year after year, CI has fulfilled its mission of providing news and views about IUPAC activities and other areas of interest to its diverse international readership. CI has proved to be a valuable resource for members most involved in IUPAC activities who want to present their work in different ways and to various audiences. Nowadays, the newsmagazine also benefits from the availability of the internet as a reference and supplement. While it is still a blend of news and reports emanating from within the Union, CI makes frequent links to online reports or supplementary information.

The content of CI has evolved and will continue to do so; that is only natural considering that IUPAC itself evolves, as does the media. Today’s challenge is still to retain a diversity of articles that reflects the full spectrum of IUPAC activities.

In celebration of the PAC and CI anniversaries, I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to everyone who has contributed one way or another to these publications, including former editors and officers of the Union, and all who recognize the need to publish.

See YOU in CI, and have a 2008 pure and happy chemistryear!

Fabienne Meyers
fabienne@iupac.org

 

Cover: Jan Wouters (Head of Laboratory at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, Brussels), a visiting scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute (Los Angeles), and Cecily Grzywacz, a Getty Conservation Institute scientist, discuss the construction, sampling, and analysis of a mock-up of ancient Chinese wall painting materials containing both inorganic pigment paints and an organic pigment glaze. Research on historical reconstructions can lead to better diagnosis of sources of materials and lower levels of destructiveness when studying historical objects. Read more regarding the Asian Organic Colorants project of the Getty Conservation Institute at <www.getty.edu/conservation/science/asian/>. Read more about Protecting Cultural Heritage on page 4 in print.
Photo by Emile Askey. © The J. Paul Getty Trust.


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