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Volume 40, Issue 4


Towards 2019 and the Future

Christopher Brett
Published Online: 2018-10-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2018-0401


When I am asked, in a conversation, what I do, I tell them I am a chemist and, if they studied sciences in their final years at school, I may tell them about my activities in IUPAC. The reaction to the first ranges from highly favourable to sceptical, and to the second saying that what they have heard most about IUPAC is the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements and nomenclature. This is symptomatic of the challenges that we all, as scientists working in the field of chemistry, face in order to demonstrate and disseminate the importance of chemical and related sciences. It is what made most of us start connecting with IUPAC, often through the contact from a colleague or through an IUPAC-endorsed workshop or conference.

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Christopher Brett

Chris Brett < > is Vice President of IUPAC since January 2018. He is a professor of chemistry in the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra, Portugal, where he has been since 1981, lecturing mainly electrochemistry, physical chemistry, materials chemistry and analytical chemistry. He has been an elected member of the IUPAC Bureau since 2012 and a member of the Executive Committee since 2016. He has gained extensive experience in IUPAC matters since 1994; he was President of the Physical and Biophysical Division (Division I) from 2006-2007, having been a Titular Member of the Division Committee since 2000 and Vice-President 2004-5. Before this, he was a member of the Electrochemistry Commission (Commission I.3) from 1994, having been Secretary in 1998-1999 and Chair from 2000-2001. He was President of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) - an associated organization of IUPAC - from 2007-2008, a member of the ISE Executive Committee from 2003-2010; and coordinator of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry activities of ISE. He was President of the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Portuguese Chemical Society (Sociedade Portuguesa de Química) in 1996-1999 and 2003-2005.

Published Online: 2018-10-29

Published in Print: 2018-10-01

Citation Information: Chemistry International, Volume 40, Issue 4, Pages 2–3, ISSN (Online) 1365-2192, ISSN (Print) 0193-6484, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2018-0401.

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