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U.S. National Committee for IUPAC

The National Academy of Sciences is the U.S. adhering body of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and it maintains its relationship with the union through the U.S. National Committee (USNC)/IUPAC. IUPAC serves to advance the worldwide aspects of the chemical sciences and to contribute to the application of chemistry in the service of humankind. 

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2017 congress logo46th World Chemistry Congress, Brazil, July 2017

The 46th World Chemistry Congress will be held in São Paulo, Brazil, July 9-14, 2017. The 49th IUPAC General Assembly will overlap with the congress, July 7-13. For more information, visit the Congress website.

To introduce younger chemists to the activities and projects of the International Union, IUPAC holds a Young Observer program. Every two years, younger chemists from around the world attend IUPAC division and committee meetings of the General Assembly to learn more about the union. Many of them ultimately become involved in the union in various ways. There will be eight 2017 IUPAC U.S. Young Observers participating in the General Assembly. They are:

  • Jens Breffke, Boston Electronics Corp.
  • Raychelle Burks, St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas
  • Mindy Levine, University of Rhode Island
  • John Matson, Virginia Tech
  • Brandon Presley, NMS Labs, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
  • Dean Tantillo, University of California, Davis
  • Javier Vela, Iowa State University
  • Yu (Frank) Yang, University of Nevada, Reno

In collaboration with the American Chemical Society, the USNC/IUPAC held a webinar about the Young Observer Program on December 7, 2016. To learn more about the Young Observer program, you may access the recorded webinar and slides at

2017 IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists
On 30 March 2017, IUPAC announced the recipients of the 2017 IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists, presented for the best Ph.D. theses in the chemical sciences, as described in 1000-word essays. The five winners are:

- Christopher Michael Lemon, Ph. D., Harvard University, USA
- Fergus Eoin Poynton, Ph. D., Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
- Leonardo Scarabelli, Ph. D., Universidade de Vigo, Spain
- Chenjie Zeng, Ph. D., Carnegie Mellon University, USA
- Nan Zhang, Ph. D., Fuzhou University, China

For more information, see

IUPAC 2017 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
On 8 March 2017, IUPAC announced its  2017 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. Twelve awardees were selected based on excellence in basic or applied research, distinguished accomplishments in teaching or education, or demonstrated leadership or managerial excellence in the chemical sciences. An award ceremony will take place during the IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in São Paulo, Brazil, coinciding with the special symposium on Women in Chemistry and reception in honor of the recipients. The 12 awardees are:

  • Prof. Misako Aida, Hiroshima University, Japan
  • Prof. Lifeng Chi, Soochow University, Suzhou, China
  • Prof. M. Concepción Gimeno, Institute of Chemical Synthesis and Homogeneous Catalysis (ISQCH), CSIC-University of Zaragoza, Spain
  • Dr. Jaqueline Kiplinger, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, United States
  • Prof. Zafra Lerman, Malta Conferences Foundation, Evanston, IL, United States
  • Prof. Thisbe K. Lindhorst, Universität Kiel, Germany
  • Prof. Ekaterina Lokteva, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
  • Prof. Yvonne Mascarenhas, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos, Brazil
  • Dr. Veronika Ruth Meyer, Empa St. Gallen (retired), Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland
  • Prof. Ingrid Montes-González, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Prof. Frances Separovic, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Prof. Jihong Yu, Jilin University, China
For more information, see

IUPAC Announces the Names of the Elements 113, 115, 117, and 118
On 28 November 2016, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) approved the name and symbols for four elements: nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og), respectively for element 113, 115, 117, and 118. For more information, see

Isotopes MatterIsotopes Matter!!  New Interactive Periodic Table

In partnership with researchers at the King’s Centre for Visualization in Science, a team of IUPAC scientists and educators has created new IUPAC interactive electronic periodic table. The accompanying educational materials inform students and the general public about the many uses of isotopes in our lives. Following the global launch on August 17, 2016, the new IUPAC interactive electronic periodic table and accompanying resources can be accessed at A print version of the periodic table of the isotopes and elements is available at Further details will be published in the peer-reviewed IUPAC Journal, Pure and Applied Chemistry.



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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number  PHY-1441995. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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