IUPAC Strategic Initiative in Materials
IUPAC has commenced a Strategic Initiative in Materials, to coordinate
new and existing projects on materials science which require expertise
from more than one IUPAC Division, and to act as a world-wide point
of reference for issues related to materials science and IUPAC.
The working group of this Initiative is co-chaired by Professor John
Corish (IUPAC Inorganic Division - Trinity College Dublin - JCORISH@tcd.ie)
and Professor Robert Gilbert (IUPAC Macromolecular Division - University
of Sydney - email@example.com).
The first meeting was held at the IUPAC General Assembly in Geneva in
September, with members of the Physical Chemistry, Inorganic and Macromolecular
Divisions. The IUPAC commissions involved thus far are Commission I.6
(Colloid and Surface Chemistry Including Catalysis), Commission II.3
(High Temperature Materials and Solid State Chemistry), and Commissions
IV.1 and IV.2 (Macromolecular Nomenclature and Polymer Characterization
New projects are being considered involving measurement, characterization
and nomenclature in: Colloidal stability and flow; Characterization
of powders; Nano-structured materials; Electro-active polymers; Porous
materials; New layered materials; Inorganic composites; Bio-mimetic
materials; Combinatorial synthesis of inorganic materials; Organic templates
for inorganic zeolites; Atomic-layer epitaxy; Joining; Advanced materials
manufacture; and Thermal and thermomechanical properties of composites.
Another important area will be in education involving materials chemistry,
for example creating a resource on the www of current syllabi in materials
The Co-Chairs have issued a call for Expressions of Interest for Interdivisional
materials-related projects, and proposed outcomes from such projects;
expressions of interest should be sent to the Co-Chairs.
Release, 26 Nov. 1997