IUPAC Fellows, South Africa
STEYN, Prof. Pieter, University of Stellenbosch, Chemistry Department, Private Bag X1,
BOOTH, Dr. Michael, Chemical & Allied Industries Association, P.O. Box 91415,
BREET, Prof. Ernst, School of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Potchefstroom University,
BUNN, Dr. Vanessa, Anatech Instruments, Ltd., Meadowbrook Office Park, Jacaranda
COVILLE, Prof. Neil, Department of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand,
DE WAAL, Prof. Danita, Departement Chemie, Universiteit van Pretoria, Pretoria, South
DOUCET, Dr. Frédéric, Applied Mineralogy / Industrial Chemistry, Council for
GROOT, Dr. Dick, 247 Odendaal Street, Meyerspark, Pretoria, South Africa 0184
KLEIN, Dr. Charmaine, Environmental Education and Resources Unit, University of
MARTINCIGH, Prof. Bice, School of Chemistry and Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, Private Bag X54001,
MONYOOE, Dr. Lebusa, National Research Foundation, P.O. Box 2600, Pretoria, South
NHLAPO, Dr. Chris, Research, Technology Innovation & Partnerships, Cape Peninsula
O'CONNOR, Prof. Cyril, Dean's Office, University of Cape Town, University Private
OGUDE, Prof. Nthabiseng, University of Pretoria, cnr University and Lynwood Rds,
PIENAAR, Prof. Jacobus, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, North-West
RAAL, Prof. J., School of Chemical Engineering, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard
SHEPHARD, Dr. G., PROMEC, South African Medical Research Council, P.O. Box
STEFAN, Dr. Raluca, Department of Chemistry, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South
SYDENHAM, Dr. Eric, Programme on Mycotoxins and Experimental, Carcinogenesis
THIEL, Dr. Pieter, Programme on Mycotoxins & Experimental Carcinogenesis, Medical
VAN STADEN, Prof. Jacobus,
VAN STEEN, Prof. Eric, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape
WATSON, Prof. Terence, Biotechnology Programme, Foodtek, CSIR, P.O. Box 395,
IUPAC offers an open door to Chemists of the World
New Interactive Electronic Version of the IUPAC Periodic Table of the Elements & Isotopes
How do we know what the temperature of our planet was a million years ago, to better understand climate change? Where did Őtzi the Iceman live as a child and an adult? What evidence gives doping agencies the gold standard to determine whether testosterone in an athlete’s sample comes from doping? How do we obtain 3D images of tumors in soft tissues?
The answers to all of these questions and many more can be revealed through a deeper understanding of isotopes of the elements. Isotopes matter!
These new resources are created for educators and students at secondary and post-secondary levels, and to inform the public about the many uses of isotopes in our lives. They are based on educational practices that encourage engaged and active learning by students.
The new IUPAC interactive electronic periodic table and accompanying educational materials were created by a partnership between an IUPAC Project team of scientists and educators, and researchers at the King’s Centre for Visualization in Science, and build on the work of a previous IUPAC project team to create a print version of the Periodic Table of the Isotopes.
“This project responds to requests by educators and students for resources highlighting the importance of isotopes in our lives, and that give students help in using interval atomic weights for elements. www.ISOTOPESMATTER.com brings free engaging and interactive learning resources to the fingertips of students and educators around the world,” says Task Group Co-Chair Peter Mahaffy, Professor of Chemistry at the King’s University in Canada, and co-director of the King’s Centre for Visualization in Science.
And Norman Holden, retired Research Coordinator of the High Flux Beam Reactor (HFBR) and the Brookhaven Medical Research Reactor (BMMR) and a Guest Scientist at the National Nuclear Data Center (NNDC) of Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, adds: “It’s great when scientists and educators work together to create a vehicle to provide students with an understanding of fundamental scientific facts and accomplish this internationally.“
Following the global launch on August 17, 2016, the new IUPAC interactive electronic periodic table and accompanying resources can be accessed at www.isotopesmatter.com. A print version of the periodic table of the isotopes and elements is available at http://ciaaw.org/periodic-table-isotopes.htm. Further details will be published in the peer-reviewed IUPAC Journal, Pure and Applied Chemistry.
Dr. Norman Holden, IUPAC Project Task Force Co-Chair
Dr. Fabienne Meyers