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Vol. 29 No. 4
July-August 2007

The Project Place | Information about new, current, and complete IUPAC projects and related initiatives
See also www.iupac.org/projects

Principles of Chemical Nomenclature

In light of recent nomenclature developments, a project has been established to produce a new version of the original 1998 book Principles of Chemical Nomenclature—A Guide to IUPAC Recommendations. With most of the IUPAC color books recently revised or currently in a state of revision, this project is timely. The Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry (Red Book) was recently revised and published in 2005. A new edition of the Nomenclature of Organic Compounds, including preferred names, (Blue Book) is being worked on and is expected for 2008. And a revised edition of the compendium of Macromolecular Terminology and Nomenclature (Purple Book) is also being finalized.

The original book was aimed at pre-university and first-year university students and their teachers, and the new version will have a similar audience. However, it is intended to widen the scope a little, to include more biochemical nomenclature, more organometallic nomenclature, and some treatment of Preferred IUPAC Names (PINs) and the IUPAC International Chemical Identifier (InChI).

G.J. Leigh will be general editor; a writer and reviewer will contribute to each main section. Much of the material and the format of the original version will be retained. Chapters assignments are as follows: introductory chapters will be written by G.J. Leigh and reviewed by N.G. Connelly; inorganic chapters will be written by R. Hartshorn and reviewed by T. Damhus; organic chapters will be written by H. Favre and reviewed by J. Nytrai; organometallic chapters will be written by A. Hutton and reviewed by E. Nordlander; macromolecular chapters will be written by M. Hess and reviewed by J. Kahovec; biochemical chapters will be written by G.P. Moss and reviewed by H.B.F. Dixon; and PINs/InChI will be written by A.D. McNaught and reviewed by S. Heller.

For more information and comments, contact the Task Group Chair G. Jeffery Leigh <jeffery.leigh@sky.com>.

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