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International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)

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The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is the world authority on chemical nomenclature and terminology, including the naming of new elements in the periodic table; on standardized methods for measurement; and on atomic weights, and many other critically-evaluated data. A neutral and objective scientific organization, IUPAC was established in 1919 by academic and industrial chemists who shared a common goal – to unite a fragmented, global chemistry community for the advancement of the chemical sciences via collaboration and the free exchange of scientific information. Throughout its long history IUPAC has fulfilled that goal through the creation of a common language and the standardization of processes and procedures. But IUPAC is about much more than nomenclature and the naming of elements. We are a leader in the provision of objective scientific expertise for the resolution of critical global issues that involve every aspect of chemistry, all of which have societal impact. Our scientific work is conducted largely through a formal project system, in which proposals from chemists around the world are peer-reviewed and, if meritorious, are approved and supported. In addition, IUPAC is involved in a wide range of diverse activities that ultimately impact both the chemical profession and society as a whole. For almost a century IUPAC has contributed to the diverse and interdisciplinary field that is chemistry. We are the catalyst that unites chemists worldwide and we fulfill our mission by fostering sustainable development, providing a common language for chemistry, and advocating the free exchange of scientific information. We are IUPAC – International and Unique, advancing Pure and Applied Chemistry worldwide!

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    Name of four new elements announced

    The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) approved the name and symbols for four elements: nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og), respectively for element 113, 115, 117, and 118. Following a 5-month period of public review, the names earlier ... more

    Discovery and Assignment of Elements with Atomic Numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118

    The fourth IUPAC/IUPAP Joint Working Party (JWP) on the priority of claims to the discovery of new elements has reviewed the relevant literature for elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 and has determined that the claims for discovery of these elements have been fulfilled, in accordance with the ... more

    Executive Director of FIZ CHEMIE to be General Secretary of IUPAC

    Founded in 1919, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) consisting of 1623 industrial and research chemical facilities from 75 member countries. For the first time ever, a German will be at its head as General Secretary from 1 January 2012: Professor René Deplanque, C ... more

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