Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No.2, March 2000

2000, Vol. 22
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March 2000

Reports from Commissions

Commission on Chemical Kinetics (I.4)

Summary of Minutes of Commission Meeting at IUPAC General Assembly, Berlin, Germany, 8-9 August 1999

The Chairman outlined the new structure and mission of IUPAC that would be put in place following the next General Assembly. The key elements, such as the move to a project-based structure and the reduction in costs of the General Assembly, were discussed in some detail; the general consensus of the members was that the new structure could lead to a more vigorous and accountable organization.

The status of ongoing projects was presented and discussed in light of the future work of the Commission or its successor. It was agreed that the three current data projects, "Evaluated chemical kinetic data for combustion chemistry"; "Aqueous solution kinetics data for atmospheric chemistry"; and "Kinetic, photochemical, and heterogeneous data evaluation for atmospheric chemistry", because of their great impact on modeling the production and control of environmental pollutants, would be continued through the next biennium. It was also decided to continue the project "Kinetics data for chemical processes under extreme conditions", with a focus on supercritical fluid kinetics. The general consensus was that there is now a clear need to proceed by organizing a workshop on data and application needs.

It was also felt that a brief document addressing data needs in the area of free radical thermochemistry from the point of view of the chemical kinetics user community would be extremely valuable. This undertaking might also be of use in initiating a new project with the Subcommittee on Theoretical Chemistry of Commission I.5 to deal with computational aspects and prediction of thermodynamic properties of small free radicals and other critical reaction intermediates.

Dr. M. Rossi was reelected as Chairman and Dr. J. Herron was reelected as Secretary. Profs. D. Baulch and J. Troe and Dr. R. Huie agreed to serve as Titular Members, and Profs. Tibor Bérczes and John Plane have agreed to serve as Associate Members through 2001. Prof. E. Breet was elected as a new Titular Member.

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John Herron
Secretary, IUPAC Commission on Chemical
Kinetics I.4


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