Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No.3, May 2000

2000, Vol. 22
No. 3 (May)
..Chemistry in Slovenia
..News from IUPAC
..Reports from Symposia
..New Projects
..New Books
..Letter to the Editor
..Reports from Commissions
..Provisional Recommendations
..Conference Announcements


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Reports from Commissions and Division Committees

Commission on Physical Organic Chemistry (III.2)

Summary of Minutes of Commission Meeting at IUPAC General Assembly, Berlin, Germany, 8—10 August 1999

Because IUPAC future activities will be exclusively based on projects, the Commission has devoted most of its time to examination of the status of ongoing projects and to the discussion of proposals for new projects. The Commission was pleased to see that the projects "Guidelines for publication of research results from force-field calculations", "Critical compilation of scales of medium effects", and "Glossary of terms used in theoretical organic chemistry" have all been completed, and that the first two have already been published in PAC. It was noted, however, that further work is still necessary to complete the Glossary of Terms in Supramolecular Chemistry. Very sensitive to environmental problems, the Commission has given particular attention to the ongoing project on Green Chemistry, led by Prof. Tundo, for which a Working Party had already been established.

A White Book on Green Chemistry will be produced soon containing a Symposium-in-Print, organized in collaboration with the Subcommittee on Organic Synthesis of the Division of Organic Chemistry. This project was also examined in a joint meeting of the Commission with the project Working Party and Division VI (Chemistry and the Environment), which was also attended by the IUPAC Secretary General, Dr. E. D. Becker. The project, which is in line with almost all of IUPAC’s goals, was fully endorsed by the Commission, and Division VI promised all possible support. In the same area, a new project concerning environmental degradation of organic compounds was proposed by Prof. Nudelman. The aim of the project is the evaluation of available chemical information on the chemical and photochemical fate of organic pollutants in the environment. The project was considered interesting, but too broad. It was suggested that the project should be better defined before presentation. In the field of education, the Commission has dedicated an entire meeting to the discussion of the project for an international organic chemistry curriculum proposed by Prof. Nudelman. Profs. Takeuchi and Bradley of the Committee on Teaching of Chemistry (CTC) also attended this meeting. The aim of this project is to establish updated organic chemistry curricula, which should facilitate exchange of students and transferability of courses and curricula. The project was considered very useful and received the support of the Commission; however, in order to be approved by IUPAC, some goals of the project should be revised in the light of the criticism expressed by the CTC and the Division of Organic Chemistry.

Prof. Abboud’s proposal for a new project "Critical compilation of hydrogen bonding acidity and basicity scales for solutes" was discussed and fully endorsed. The possibility of undertaking projects in the near future concerning the second part of the "Critical compilation of scales of solvent parameters: Materials", "Strength of strong acids", and a "Bioorganic glossary" was also discussed.

A joint meeting with the Commission on Photochemistry (III.3) also took place, during which the two Commissions exchanged information concerning their respective ongoing projects and future plans in the light of the forthcoming restructuring of IUPAC. The next meeting of the Commission will take place in connection with the 15th IUPAC Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry (Göteborg, Sweden, 8—13 July 2000).

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Charles L. Perrin
IUPAC Commission on Physical Organic Chemistry III.2

Enrico Baciocchi
IUPAC Commission on Physical Organic Chemistry III.2


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