New IUPAC representatives from the UNSW School of Chemistry

Posted 26 July 2017

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced that Associate Professor Jason Harper has been elected as Associate Member of the Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division, and Emeritus Professor D. Brynn Hibbert will be Secretary of Interdivisional Committee on Terminology Nomenclature and Symbols. Hibbert will also become a national Representative for Analytical Chemistry Division, and one of the Australian delegation to Council.

New members of working parties and officers of IUPAC – whose mission is to promote Chemistry as a discipline – were officially named during the 49th General Assembly in Sao Paulo, 7–13 July 2017.

Harper co-chaired the 23rd IUPAC Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry held at UNSW Sydney in 2016, which featured talks by Nobel Laureate, Arieh Warshel, and high profile chemist, George Whitesides.

Hibbert – who was an Australian delegate at the recent IUPAC General Assembly in Sao Paulo – is no stranger to the IUPAC organisation, having held previous roles including Analytical Chemistry Division Secretary, Vice President, President, Past President, and Titular Member of the Interdivisional Committee for Terminology, Nomenclature and Symbols. This committee is recognised as the world authority for standardising the naming of chemical elements and compounds.

The UNSW School of Chemistry has been well represented in IUPAC in the past with Professor David Black holding the position of secretary General between 2004 – 2011.

Scientia Professor Martina Stenzel is the current chair of the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Chemistry, which is the adhering organisation for IUPAC in Australia.