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The International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics Gains Associated Organization Status


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The International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics Gains Associated Organization Status

The At its most recent meeting in Ottawa in August 2003, the IUPAC Council approved the application of the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics (IACT) to become an Associated Organization. Associated Organizations are international organizations that share common goals and interests with IUPAC.

In August, the IUPAC Council also approved the applications of the International Plasma Chemistry Society and the Southern and Eastern Africa Network of Analytical Chemists for Associated Organization status.Inquiries about becoming an Associated Organization of IUPAC should be directed to the executive director at <>

IACT was set up to pursue and expand the role of the former IUPAC Commission on Thermodynamics in maintaining the highest standards in teaching and research in this key area of chemistry, which encompasses both equilibrium and non-equilibrium studies. Thermodynamics continues to be of utmost importance as it finds application in a wide range of developing subject areas such as new materials and biosciences.

According to IACT Secretary J. H. Dymond, IACT is convinced that its Associated Organization status will be of great mutual benefit, and is looking forward to close cooperation on many fronts. Among the objectives of the IACT, as stated in its constitution, are the following:

  • advance education in thermodynamics

  • encourage young scientists to work in the area of chemical thermodynamics

  • advance the application of thermodynamics in science, technology, and education

  • develop a better theoretical understanding of thermodynamic properties

  • encourage the measurement of thermodynamic properties of pure compounds and mixtures which have industrial importance and/or are of special academic interest

  • improve experimental techniques in thermodynamics

  • establish standards of excellence in the conduct of thermodynamic research and in its reporting in the scientific literature

IUPAC Conferences on Chemical Thermodynamics

A major responsibility for IACT is its involvement in the biennial IUPAC-sponsored International Conferences on Chemical Thermodynamics (ICCT). The next ICCT, which will take place 17–21 August 2004 in Beijing, China, will include symposia on electrolyte and non-electrolyte solution thermodynamics; new materials (including polymers); phase equilibria, supercritical fluids, and separation technologies; and surfactants, colloids, and interface science. A list of symposia and workshops and more information can be found at <>. The conference also features the Rossini Award and Lecture. The award is given by IACT for excellence in chemical thermodynamics.


One of IACT’s principle goals is to encourage projects, particularly between different groups of thermodynamists. Following are examples of recent projects (see IUPAC Web site for details):

• Vapour Liquid Critical Properties of Elements and Compounds (K.N. Marsh; 2000-026-1-100)

• Chemical Thermodynamics for Industry (T.M. Letcher; 2002-063-1-100)

• Recommended values for the viscosity of molten iron and aluminium (W.A. Wakeham; 2003-005-1-100)

• XML-Based IUPAC Standard for Thermodynamic Property Data Capture and Storage (M. Frenkel; 2002-055-3-024)


Membership in IACT is open to all qualified applicants. Members receive a discount in the registration fee for the ICCT, are sent announcements of meetings and reports from business meetings, and are eligible to vote for the Board of Directors.

For more information, contact J. H. Dymond <>, IACT secretary.


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