Vol. 22, No. 4
from Commissions and Division Committees
on Electrochemistry (I.3)
Summary of Minutes of Commission Meeting at IUPAC General Assembly,
Berlin, Germany, 8-10 August 1999
The Chairman reported on the new project-based structure for IUPAC
to be implemented after the General Assembly in 2001 and on IUPAC's
strategic goals. Attention was also drawn to interdivisional initiatives,
especially regarding coordination of environmental projects and the
strategic initiative on materials chemistry, both of which are highly
relevant for electrochemistry and Commission I.3.
The following projects have been completed recently: "Spectroelectrochemistry:
A survey of in situ spectroscopic techniques", W. Plieth,
G. Wilson, and C. Gutierrez, published in Pure
70, pp.1395-1414, 1998, and "Electrochemical
nanotechnology. In situ local probe techniques at electrochemical
interfaces", W. J. Lorenz and W. Plieth, eds., Wiley-VCH, March
The following Technical Report projects, whose status were discussed
during the meeting, are expected to be completed during the next biennium:
"Measurements of redox potentials of proteins", F. Hawkridge
and G. Wilson; "Electrochemistry at the interface of two electrolyte
solutions", Z. Samec; "Electrochemistry for the environment",
C. M. A. Brett and J. F. Rusling; and "State of the art of the
waste water treatment for industrial plating facilities", M. de
New projects to be proposed include "Electrochemistry and interfacial
chemistry for environmental cleanup and green chemical processes"
990051_100_00.html), together with Commission I.6, which had already
attracted cosponsorship from the International Council of Scientific
Unions (ICSU), and "Size effects in electrochemical reactivity".
Joint meetings to discuss common projects and projects of mutual interest
were held with Commissions I.1 (Physicochemical Symbols, Terminology,
and Units), I.2 (Thermodynamics), I.6 (Colloid and Surface Chemistry
including Catalysis), V.5 (Eletroanalytical Chemistry), and the Working
Party on pH Measurement. There was agreement with Commission I.1, following
lengthy discussion and optimization within Commission I.3 over the last
three years, concerning the extensively revised electrochemistry section
for the forthcoming new edition of the "Green Book" (Quantities,
Units, and Symbols in Physical Chemistry).
Christopher Brett succeeded Waldfried Plieth as Chairman of the Commission
in January 2000, and the new Secretary is Juan Feliu-Martinez.
IUPAC Commission on Electrochemistry I.3