SACI News June 2018
This month we have news from the Western Cape Section. We would also like to remind everyone of the forthcoming National Convention of the Institute to be held in December 2018 in Pretoria. Make sure that you register and submit your abstracts soon as this promises to be a very exciting conference.
Western Cape Section
SACI/RSC Lunch - North and Central
Green Chemistry Division
SACI office address and times
The SACI office, run by Laila Smith is located on the 1st Floor of Gate House, room 124. The telephone number is 011 717 6705 and e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. The cell number is 061 282 3477.
Advertising in the SACI newsletter
The newsletter provides a means of getting messages to our membership. Currently the SACI membership stands at over 1000. This newsletter thus provides a means of advertising employment opportunities, conferences and workshops, and even for companies/Universities to promote themselves. We encourage members to use the Newsletter for advertising purposes. All SACI related conferences and events are advertised for free; if not a SACI related event there could be a small charge. For advertising costs contact Laila at the SACI office.
SACI members – 21 to 25 years of membership
Each month we would like to honour our loyal members of the Institute. Last month we listed those that have been members for twenty years or less. This month we would like to feature our members who joined the Institute between twenty one and twenty five years ago. Their names are displayed below. We wish to thank all our members for their contributions to the livelihood of SACI. Without you, our Institute could not exist.
Congratulations to Grace!
We congratulate Grace Nomthandazo Ngubeni (28), one of our SACI student members and an Associate Lecturer and PhD candidate at Wits University, for being selected as one of the 200 influential Young South Africans for 2018. This is a wonderful achievement!
For the full article see: http://ysa.mg.co.za/2018/grace-nomthandazo-ngubeni/
Sections and Divisions news
The 37th Annual General Meeting of the Royal Society of Chemistry (South Africa,Southern Section) and 19th WARREN MEMORIAL LECTURE
On the 10th April 2018, the RSC South Africa (Southern Section) held its 37th AGM, which was combined with the prestigious 19th Frank Warren Memorial Lecture at the University of Cape Town in the Chemistry Department. The guest speaker for this event was Professor Willem van Otterlo from the University of Stellenbosch, who was also the Chairperson of the SACI Western Cape section between 2015 and 2017. The event was well supported by staff and students from the academic institutions in Western Cape. The lecture was very well received by the audience of around 50 people and enjoyed by all. Prof van Otterlo gave an overview of his research work, concentrating on his development of facile syntheses of mimics of podophyllotoxin and rigidin, by way of multi-component reactions, and synthesis of substituted 6-oxa-allocolchicinoids by way of a biaryl coupling–intramolecular transacetalization route. After the public lecture all were invited to refreshments where further discussions with staff and students alike were held with Prof van Otterlo about his work presented at the Lecture.
“In an effort to increase the visibility of the Green Chemistry that is already taking place in South Africa and at the same time highlighting possible opportunities for more people to “green” their research.”
The 43rd Convention of the South African Chemical Society is upon us and we are looking forward to an exciting event. The 2018 SACI website is live and registration is now open for the “Early bird” movers http://www.saci.co.za/SACI2018/registration.html. The Conference is set to offer multiple platforms for chemists to exchange ideas through more than ninety oral presentations and to socialise through the activities that caters for both laidback and adrenaline enthusiasts. The 2018 SACI LOC is privileged to host the 2016 Nobel Laureate, Professor Sir F Stoddart, many eminent international and local speakers including multiple award winner Prof Kelly Chibale.
Please watch the website for more exciting news as we approach the conference date. Even better, there will be opportunities for our young chemists to win prizes in the student categories of “Best Oral and Best Poster Presentations”. Please join us in numbers to experience the beautiful summer season in the Capital City of the country.
Looking forward to sharing the moment with you: http://www.saci.co.za/SACI2018/index.html
Dr RM Mampa (Conference Chair)
1. The Pan Africa Chemistry Network exists to support African science; events, training, access to resources and a strong community; full details are here: www.rsc.org/pacn.
For the latest news see: http://www.nstf.org.za/news-category/nstf-news/
The nominations for the 2017/2018 NSTF-South32 Awards have been released
Dear Chemists from all over the world, dear Friends from Academia and Industry,
On behalf of the Academy of Sciences and of its National Committee for Chemistry, the French National Adhering Organization to IUPAC, gathering the main academic and research institutions, learned societies and industrial organizations relevant to Chemistry, we are very pleased and honoured to invite you to participate and contribute to the IUPAC 47th World Chemistry Congress to be held at the Palais des Congrès, Paris, July 7-12, 2019.
This IUPAC-2019 Congress and the joint 50th General Assembly will present an exceptional character as both will celebrate the Centenary of the Union. Special events will be organized all week long, encompassing a Celebration plenary session organized together with the IUPAC100 Committee, a celebratory evening organized by the Young Scientists at the Maison de la Chimie, the Celebration gala dinner, and an official Ceremony organized at the Sorbonne in presence of the French authorities, IUPAC Council, NAOs diplomatic delegations and prestigious scientists and guests [...]
2019 has been declared as the International Year of the Periodic Table. This is also the time when IUPAC is turning 100!
As part of the celebration of IUPAC100, IUPAC and the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN) announces the creation of a ‘Periodic Table of Younger Chemists’.
Beginning in July 2018 and ending in July 2019 at the World Chemistry Congress and IUPAC General Assembly, we will honor a diverse group of 118 outstanding younger chemists from around the world who embody the mission and core values of IUPAC . The resulting periodic table will highlight the diversity of careers, creativity, and dedication of the young chemists leading us into the next century. See details here: http://iupac.org/100/pt-of-chemist/ .
Winners will be profiled on the IUPAC100 website and will receive a certificate from IUPAC. Elements of the Periodic Table of Younger Chemists will be revealed over time in order of scientific discovery ( see Wikipedia ). Approximately eight elements will be revealed each month beginning in July 2018 with the final elements being awarded at the IUPAC General Assembly and World Chemistry Congress in Paris , France in July, 2019.
Nominations are now being accepted. The deadline for nominations for the first 8 elements Copper, Lead, Gold, Silver, Iron, Carbon, Tin and Sulfur is 11 June 2018 at 5:00 EDT (UTC 21:00). Nominations received but not selected for the first group of elements will carry over for consideration for other elements. For criteria and to submit your nomination follow the link below:
For more activities associated with IUPAC100 and the Periodic Table see http://iupac.org/100/ http://iupac.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/IYPT-Prospectus_20171209.pdf Watch the Video to find out more about IUPAC100 from our Younger Chemists!:
* Nominate a Younger Chemist!
Video by 2017 IUPAC-Solvay Award Winner and IUPAC100 Member, Dr. Scarabelli. See more videos on IUPAC YouTube Channel!
We, therefore,would like this event to have an all African face and would like to invite you and your institution to be part of the event in planning, organization and participation. You can circulate this information to other peers, organizations and institutions in the continent so that they also may join us in making this summer school a success.
The topics for the summer school will be, but not limited to:
More information will be posted on a website which will be launched soon.
South African Journal of Chemistry
The South Journal of Chemistry is turning 100 years. As part of the 100th celebration of the journal, we are inviting special reviews that can be published later this year. Interested authors can get in touch with the chief editors Prof Luke Chimuka and Prof Tricia Naicker on the journal website, https://www.sabinet.co.za/sajchem/. Already a special issue from electrochemistry division from their 2018 symposium is planned. The analytical division is also planning a special paper on the status of analytical chemistry in South Africa. More review papers are still needed in various areas of chemistry. Journal submission details can be found at http://saci.co.za/journal.
African Journals of Chemistry
SACI and SACI related Conference events
Anton Paar’s new Cora Raman spectrometers