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43rd IUPAC Council Meeting

Nominee for Bureau

Abu Jafar Mahmood (Bangladesh)

Abu Jafar Mahmood

Professor Abu Jafar Mahmood, president of the Bangladesh Chemical Society, has more than four decades of experience in the teaching and practice of chemistry. His research interests comprise chemical kinetics, photochemistry, surface chemistry and catalyst characterization, polymer chemistry, renewable energy sources, and environmental chemistry. Currently his major research emphasis is on zinc oxide mediated degradation by visible light of a number of reactive dyes used by the fabric dyers of the country. This process holds promise for removing residual dyes from factory effluent.

Education and Career
Mahmood received M.S. degrees from the University of Dhaka in 1960 and from the University of Leeds in 1965, and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1972. He joined the Department of Chemistry at Dhaka as a teaching fellow in 1961 and has continuously served the department ever since. He was chairman between 1988–1991 and recently from June 2002 to January 2005.

Mahmood has produced 60 papers that were either published in national and international journals or presented at conferences, seminars, and symposia at home and abroad. In addition, he has supervised a large number of M.S. and some Ph.D and M.Phil. students.

Related Professional Activities
Mahmood has been elected as a lifetime member of numerous organizations: Bangladesh Chemical Society, Bangladesh Association for Advancement of Science, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Physical Society of Bangladesh, Bangla Academy, and Catalysis Society of India. In addition, he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (London) and is a Chartered Chemist.
Mahmood has played a leadership role in organizing many chemistry conferences in Bangladesh. Most recently he was chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Bangladesh Chemical Congress 2004. He was also chairman of the Organizing Committee for the National Workshop on Pesticide Residues, held in January 2003.

Since 2003, Mahmood has been editor of the Dhaka University Journal of Science, and since 1999 he has been one of the editors of (and contributors to) Bangla Academy Biggan Bishwakosh (Encyclopedia of Science in Bangla).

He has also held advisory or leadership positions on numerous committees and projects. From 1990–1997 he was chairman of the sectional committee on “Fine Chemicals” of the Bangladesh Standard Institution. In 1990, he worked out a plan of collaboration and formally signed a memorandum of agreement between Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, USA, and Dhaka University for collaborative research in specific areas of chemistry. In 2000, he visited Utsunomiya University in Japan and initiated its collaboration with Dhaka University.


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