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Vol. 34 No. 1
January-February 2012

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

Strategic Planning for a New Network for Heterocyclic Chemistry
While most of the research in heterocyclic chemistry in the Mediterranean Sea region is of very high quality, a careful inspection shows that most of the research is concentrated in European countries. Current research in this area focuses on the synthesis, reactivity, and application of heterocyclic compounds of interest in the fields of medicinal chemistry, new materials, nanotechnologies, and biotechnologies. However, the needed networks among developed and underdeveloped countries are languishing due to a lack of funding. This project seeks to establish such a network in the Mediterranean.

The program is designed to create world-class research hubs in selected fields within the countries of the region. At the same time, the program would foster the next generation of leading researchers by establishing sustainable collaborative relations among research/education institutions in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Georgia, Russia, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt, Giordan, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. Under this program, core institutions would collaborate in cutting-edge fields of research and on research topics deemed to be of high international importance. The core institutions in the various countries would conduct exchanges based on a principle of equal partnership in the form of joint research, scientific meetings, and researchers. It is anticipated that the hubs formed by the core institutions will continue to carry out research activities after the funded project has ended. The scope of the project on heterocyclic chemistry includes, but is not limited to, the core areas of heterocyclic chemistry, organic synthesis methodology, and total synthesis of natural products.

For more information contact Task Group Chair Saverio Florio <florio@farmchim.uniba.it>.

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