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Vol. 32 No. 1
January-February 2010

IUPAC Wire | News and information on IUPAC, its fellows, and members organizations
See also www.iupac.org/indexes/News

IUPAC Welcomes New Members

With a new biennium starting in January 2010, IUPAC welcomes numerous new members, including four new National Adhering Organizations and several newly elected Bureau members, division presidents, and committee chairs—see listing at www.iupac.org for a complete list.

IUPAC’s incoming and outgoing presidents: On 1 January 2010 Nicole Moreau (left) became president and Jung-Il Jin became past president.

Nicole Moreau (France) will serve as president for the next two years, while Jung-Il Jin (Korea) will become past president. On 1 January 2010, Kazuyuki Tatsumi, professor of chemistry at Nagoya University, Japan, will became vice president and president elect; he was elected at the IUPAC General Assembly in Glasgow, Scotland, in August 2009.

Tatsumi as Vice President
Kazuyuki Tatsumi started his carrier as a theoretical chemist, and his research subjects have shifted into synthetic inorganic chemistry, extending over coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and bioinorganic chemistry. His recent research interests include the synthesis of coordinateively unsaturated organometallics, transition metal chalcogenides, and transition metal sulfide/thiolate clusters modeling the active sites of reductases such as nitrogenase, hydrogenase, and acetyl-CoA synthase.

New IUPAC Vice President Kazuyuki Tatsumi of Japan (right) is congratulated by Ram Lamda of Puerto Rico upon winning election.

Since 2005, Tatsumi has served on the Council for Science and Technology Committee (Subdivision on Science Committee) of Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology. He became a member of the Science Council of Japan in 2008. He led the Grant-in-Aid on Priority Area Project, “Reaction Control of Dynamic Complexes” from 2002 to 2006, and has been a head investigator of Grant-in-Aid on Creative Scientific Research on the chemistry of reductases since 2006. He has been a member of the International Organizing Committee of Pacifichem since 1996; he is currently the vice chair for Pacifichem 2010. He served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the New Journal of Chemistry (1995–1997) and on the International Advisory Editorial Board of JCS Dalton (1998–2002). Presently, he serves on the Editorial Board of Chemistry: An Asian Journal. He has also been the regional editor of The Journal of Organometallic Chemistry since 2002. Tatsumi received the Inoue Prize for Science in 1998, the Humboldt Research Award in 2004, and The Chemical Society of Japan Award in 2006. He was awarded lectureships from the Chinese Academy of Science in 2000, KAIST (Korea) in 1999 and 2001, and the National Science Council (Taiwan) in 2003. He was appointed honorary professor of Nanjing University of Science of Technology (2004) and Lanzhou University (2004), and visiting professor at the University of Helsinki (1985), EPFL (Switzerland, 1987), Suzhou University (2001), and the University of Heidelberg (2005).

In his candidate statement for vice president, Tatsumi emphasized the need for IUPAC to expand collaborations with other organizations. “In particular,” he said “closer ties with NAOs of emerging and developing countries are imperative in order to make IUPAC a more representative body of the whole chemistry community.” Citing the International Year of Chemistry, he said “The opportunity for better recognition of IUPAC is greater than ever.”

New National Adhering Organizations
Following the approval last August by Council of National Adhering Organization Status, the following organizations are now full members:

  • Fonds National de la Recherche (Luxembourg)
  • Institut Kimia Malaysia (Malaysia)
  • Institute of Chemistry, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
  • Chemical Society of Thailand (Thailand)

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