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 Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division (III)

Prof. P.R. Tundo
(2008 - 2009)
Prof. G.J. Koomen
(2008 - 2009)
Vice President
Prof. M.J. Garson
(2008 - 2009)

Division Committee and Members

Division's Aims - mission, rules, and Subcommittees
Report of Activities

    • 2006-2007, by Prof. M. Isobe (pdf file - 61KB)
    • 2006, by Prof. M. Isobe (pdf file - 12KB)
    • 2004-2005, by Prof. M. Isobe (pdf file - 44KB)
    • 2004, by Prof. M. Isobe (pdf file - 22KB)
    • 2002-2003, by Prof. T.T Tidwell (pdf file - 19KB)
    • 2000-2001, by Prof. T. Norin (pdf file - 19KB)
    • 1998-1999, by Prof. U.K. Pandit

Recent Reports
Current Projects


Division's Aims

The Mission of the Division of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry is to promote the goals of IUPAC in the field of organic and biomolecular chemistry in the broadest sense. To this end the Division consists of a Division Committee and six Subcommittees. Together these promote the formulation and execution of Projects on relevant chemical problems, the staging of chemical conferences on important areas of chemistry, the education and professional development of chemists worldwide, the advancement of chemical industry, and the application of chemistry to meet the world's needs. The Division is committed to utilizing the talents of chemists from around the world in these activities, and promoting diversity in our membership.

> Division Rules (draft, Oct 2003) [pdf file -14KB]

The six Subcommittees are:
> Subcommittee on Organic Synthesis
> Subcommittee on Biomolecular Chemistry
> Subcommittee on Green Chemistry
> Subcommittee on Photochemistry
> Subcommittee on Structural and Mechanistic Chemistry
> Subcommittee on Biotechnology

Subcommittee on Organic Synthesis
Synthesis covers a central part of the organic chemistry spectrum and ethos. The mission of the Sub-committee on Organic Synthesis is to provide a focus for the dissemination of current knowledge and the development of future directions in all aspects of organic synthesis, including:

1. The development of new molecular transformations
2. The development of new reagents
3. The development of environmentally benign synthetic processes
4. The synthesis of new types of organic structures
5. The synthesis of target molecules for specific applications
6. The total synthesis of natural products
7. Combinatorial and high throughput techniques

Subcommittee on Biomolecular Chemistry
The Subcommittee will seek to deliver the long-range goals of IUPAC, particularly within the vital interfacial area of molecular science that lies between organic chemistry and biology. It will support the application of the powerful methods of chemistry to current and emerging problems in biology to achieve understanding and, where appropriate, modification of the systems of living organisms at the molecular level.

To that end, the Sub-Committee will provide a focus for the dissemination of current knowledge and the development of future directions in the following fields:

  • Structure, function and applications of biomolecules and their analogues.
  • Molecular mechanisms of biological processes and their modulation.
  • Molecular engineering via chemo-enzymatic processes.
  • Analysis, manipulation and application of biomolecular information systems.

Subcommittee on Green Chemistry
The aim of this Subcommittee is to develop actions devoted to the cause of green chemistry for its wider benefit to the future of chemistry and society as whole.

Subcommittee on Photochemistry
Implementation of the overall goals and objectives of IUPAC in the multidisciplinary area of photochemistry and its links to the photosciences (e. g., materials sciences, photobiology, photolithography, photography) can be accomplished only with the inputs of a broad spectrum of experts in the field, including those with ancillary interests in areas covered by all Divisions within IUPAC:

  • renewable energy sources
  • green chemistry
  • atmospheric photochemistry
  • new analytical methods in the biosciences including trace analysis of proteins, nucleic acids, and small bioregulators, both in vivo and in vitro
  • industrial photochemistry
  • advanced spectroscopic methods in ultra-fast time and ultra-small space resolution
  • methods for identifying material fatigue and temporal changes

The Subcommittee will work in close contact with the three major Photochemical Societies of the world, i.e., the Inter-American Photochemical Society, IAPS, The European Photochemical Association , EPA, and the Japanese Photochemical Association.

Subcommittee on Structural and Mechanistic Chemistry
The Subcommittee should handle problems concerning the many aspects of structural and mechanistic organic chemistry. Specific examples include:

  • Environmentally friendly chemical processes and degradative pathways of organic contaminants
  • Reactions in solution, gas phase, and solid state
  • Solvents for organic reactions
  • Acidity and basicity of organic compounds
  • Supramolecular chemistry

Subcommittee on Biotechnology
The aim of the Subcommittee is to promote and put into evidence the important contribution that chemistry provides to the development biotechnological research and industry, in particular in the wide fields Medical Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Biosafety and Bioeconomy.

To that end, the SubCommittee will provide a focus for the dissemination of current knowledge and the development of future directions in the study at molecular level of biological systems and in their use for a variety of purposes, such as:

  • production of compounds of industrial interest, including
  • research on biological targets and development of biomolecules for drug research;
  • generation of physiological responses of therapeutic interest;
  • development of environmentally sustainable chemical processes.


Until December 2001, the work was carried out through four commissions and subcommittees
Access former Commissions Structure


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