SACI News July - August 2018

This month we have news from the SACI AGM and, in particular, the announcement of the 2018 SACI Awards.  Congratulations to all the awardees for this wonderful achievement!  Keep up the good work and the face of chemistry on our country.  We also have a number of interesting reports where South African chemists are making a difference.  Also, another reminder 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.

Bice Martincigh


  • SACI office address and times

  • Advertising in the SACI newsletter

  • SACI Members – 26 to 30 years of membership

  • Congratulations to our SACI award winners!

  • Sections and Divisions News

  • Witsies bubble to the top at science exhibitions

  • Of interest – Chemistry Kits Ignite the Spark of Science

  • Sections and Divisions News


    Green Chemistry Division

    North Section

  • RSC News

  • PACN News

  • NSTF News


  • Department of Trade and Industry Industrial Policy Action Plan

  • CAIA Newsletter

  • South African Journal of Chemistry

  • African Journals of Chemistry

  • Invitation to submit manuscript to Special Issue

  • SACI and SACI-related conference events

    43rd National Convention of the South African Chemical Institute

  • 5th International Symposium on Electrochemistry

  • Other Conferences

  • Equipment

  • Vacancies

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: The cell number is 061 282 3477.

Office hours are from 8.30 am till 1.00 pm. She can be contacted at any time during her office hours.

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 – 26 to 30 years of membership

Each month we would like to honour our loyal members of the Institute.  This month we would like to feature our members who joined the Institute between 26 and 30 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.

Allner, Mnr AM                          

Naidoo, Mr P                            

Bode, Dr ML                             

Nel, Mr PG                              

Cukrowski, Prof I                       

Oosthuysen, Dr STR                      

de Villiers, Dr JWL                     

Osborne, Mr JD                          

Elsenbroek, Mnr JH                      

Rossouw, Mej MH                         

Fraser, Dr LA                           

Sealy-Fisher, Mrs V                     

Freese, Mrs SD                          

Shaikjee, Mr MS                         

Gelebe, Mr AC                           

Smith, Mrs J                            

Graham, Miss SM                         

Talbot, Dr MMJ                          

Gray, Mnr IA                            

Tribelhorn, Dr MJ                       

Hosten, Dr EC                           

Van der Lingen, Dr E                    

Kruger, Dr L                            

van Sittert, Dr GCE                     

Kruger, Prof GJ                         

van Straten, Mr FM                      

Louw, Mev I                             

van Tonder, Mrs CG                      

Mabusela, Dr WT                         

Visser, Mnr FDH                         

Marques, Prof HM                        

Vosloo, Mnr HCM                         


Vuorinen, Dr EK                         

Congratulations to our SACI Award Winners

We wish to congratulate all the winners of the 2018 SACI Awards.  This is a wonderful achievement!
The 2018 winners are:

THE GOLD MEDAL  -  Professor Kelly Chibale, University of Cape Town

THE MERCK MEDAL  –  Professor Patrick Ndungu, as the senior author for the publication:  S. Afr. J. Chem., 2015, 68, 153-164, entitled: “Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube-Titania Nanocomposites: Understanding Nano-Structural Parameters and Functionality in Dye-sensitized Solar Cells” and authored by Mombeshora, Edwin T.; Simoyi, Reuben; Nyamori, Vincent O.; Ndungu, Patrick G.*

THE CHEMICAL EDUCATION MEDAL  -  Dr Kgadi Mathabathe, University of Pretoria

THE SACI POST-GRADUATE AWARDS  -  Edwin Mombeshora – University of KwaZulu-Natal
                                                                    Somandla Ncube – University of the Witwatersrand
                                                                    Shakeela Sayed – University of Cape Town
                                                                    Alet van der Westhuyzen – Stellenbosch University

SL Bewana

University of Johannesurg, Auckland Park

L Parrott

University of the Free State

S Jama

University of Fort Hare

Z Nqakala

University of the Western Cape

T Sithuba

University of Venda

A Welsh

University of Cape Town

JJ Moser

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

jl Slabbert

Nelson Mandela University

F Jagot

University of the Witwatersrand

AL Henning

North-West University

VL Porter

University of Pretoria

U Ndagano

Rhodes University

T Naidoo

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Witsies bubble to the top at science exhibition


TWENTY-FIVE Wits postgraduate students who attended the Sasol Techno X career exhibition on August 13 – 17 in Sasolburg, Free State won “Best University” for having the most exciting and informative exhibits, and beat 10 other tertiary institutions in the process.

The group, which consisted of students from the schools of engineering, digital arts, chemistry and physics attended the exhibition organised to encourage learners from around the country to join the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The School of Chemistry’s WhizzBang group presented seven experiments but, according to masters in chemistry student, Nikiwe Khoza, the outright favourites among the learners were Dragon’s breath and Elephant’s toothpaste.

Dragon’s breath is done by dipping a ball of cotton wool in acid that would disappear when enflamed. Elephant’s toothpaste showed the learners the reaction of dishwashing liquid when the reaction was accelerated with potassium iodide.

“The learners enjoyed seeing experiments that were part of their syllabus. Their excitement really kept us going,” Khoza said.

“After interacting with some of the experiments, I heard one of the learners say, “I’m a scientist!”, with such conviction. It really made me feel good about inspiring a kid to be interested in science,” she added.

School liaison officer, Sershin Naicker, was the project manager of Wits at the exhibition. He told Wits Vuvuzelathat the aim of Wits’ attendance was to get learners excited about STEM by making the exhibition interactive.

“The exhibition was extremely successful,” Naicker said. “The students were very enthusiastic and described and explained multiple experiments to the learners. The idea is to encourage the youth of this country to join STEM and remove the boring perception of science.

“We also want to promote Wits as one of the leading institutions to study STEM in Africa,” the 34 year-old added.

According to Sasol Techno X, the exhibition has become the largest STEM career guidance exhibition in the country and attracts 20 000 visitors from seven provinces. The exhibition is focused on promoting STEM to learners in grades 7-12 to encourage them to engage with a real world application of STEM in a way that creates interest and captures the imagination.

This was Wits’ second consecutive win at the exhibition. Naicker told Wits Vuvuzela that while the aim was to make STEM exciting for the kids, Wits winning the “Best university” category was an added bonus. “It’s nice friendly banter,” he said.

FEATURED IMAGE: Members from Whizzbang performed ‘magic’ at Sasol Techno X.   Photo: Onke Ngcuka

Article reprinted from Wits Vuvuzela

Of interest – Chemistry Kits Ignite the Spark of Science

Chemistry kits can help teachers ignite the spark of science

Sections and Divisions news   

  • The Council and Annual General Meetings of SACI were held on Thursday, 2 October at Wits University.  At the AGM the new Life Members of the Institute were presented.  These are:

Name of Member

Date joined the Institute

Years of membership

Prof S Lotz



Mrs EU Anderson



Prof ELJ Breet



Mr GWP de Mattos



Collectively, they have served the Institute for over 169 years!!  That is a phenomenal achievement and we wish to congratulate them and thank them profusely for their loyalty and dedication to the Institute!
The new Fellows of the Institute were also presented.  These are:

Prof Peter Loyson

Prof Bice Martincigh

We also congratulate them on this wonderful achievement.

The financial statements of the past year were presented by the Treasurer, Dr Ian Bratt, and we are pleased that SACI is on a sound financial footing.

The AGM concluded with a very stimulating talk presented by Professor Helder Marques entitled: “Some Challenges Facing Chemistry”.  He endeavoured to show that Chemistry remains an exciting discipline, full of challenges for the younger generation.  While the older generation understand (and love) the discipline, it does not always resonate with what should be the next generation of research chemists.  He pointed out the many international opportunities (especially Horizon 2020 from the EU and the Eight Great Technologies from the UK) to counter the perception that – given the woes of the NRF – South African chemists are going to find it tough to get funding for their work.
Among what Professor Marques perceives to be the Grand Challenges are:

  • Understanding how epigenetic factors control gene expression;

  • How microbiotica in the gut, the skin, and the respiratory tract communicate with and regulate each other to form microbiotica, essential for human health;

  • New drug therapies to fight diseases facing the third world that are unlikely to attract much attention from big pharma: HIV, Malaria, TB, Ebola;

  • The challenges facing computational chemistry and the need to develop new methodologies that tackle longer time scales so we can get to properly understand, for example, protein folding and the interaction of nascent proteins with their chaperones;

  • The Grand Challenges facing materials science: energy storage and transport; electric vehicles; renewable energy;

  • New materials, including metallomesogens and single molecule magnets; and

  • Theranostics: combining diagnostics and therapeutic agents in a single, unified imaging and delivery system.

He ended off the talk by referring to Behanu Abegaz’s 2016 Nature Chemistry paper in which he nicely delineates the challenges and opportunities for chemistry in Africa.  Professor Marques urged the younger members of the audience to carry the message to their friends and colleagues that opportunities abound – and especially for those with an entrepreneurial bent – and that if we as a civilization have problems, then for sure Chemistry has at least some of the solutions!

  • Green Chemistry division – competition    

“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 Green Chemistry Division would like to invite nominations for the best green chemistry paper by a South African chemist/group.  The prize will be a sponsored talk at the SACI National Convention in 2018.  Nominations should be sent to Rosa Klein (

Contributor: Rosa Klein

  • News from SACI North Section

 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  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:

Dr RM Mampa (Conference Chair)

RSC News

  • AuthorAid

Research Writing in the Sciences' online AuthorAID course starts 4th September
After the successes of previous online courses from AuthorAID, they are delighted to announce that enrolment is open on the latest online course ‘Research Writing in the Sciences’.
OPEN TO ALL. This is a great opportunity to enhance your research writing - a crucial skill for any scientist.
Main topics covered in the course:

  • Core topics (weeks 1 to 5) - Literature review, publication ethics, making a targeting the right journals, writing and publishing a research paper.

  • Optional topics: (weeks 6 to 8) Writing a grant proposal and Communicating Research Outside Academia (learners can choose either subject or both)

Course dates: 4th September to 29th October 2018
Course leaders: Andy Nobes and Ravi Murugesan of INASP, along with a team of experienced guest facilitators from the AuthorAID network.
They are also looking for senior researchers who are able to support the delegates by being ‘guest facilitators’.  It would be great if we could get some of the FASC community to be facilitators.

  • Royal Society of Chemistry Events Website

Our website can be used to advertise events from across the world – not just those organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry,


So, if you need a simple website for your event, or want to reach a wider audience, then please submit your event to our website.  Simply click on this link and follow the instructions:

  • RSC Research Fund

Applications now open, closing date 24th September

Apply to the Royal Society of Chemistry's Research Fund for grants of up to £4,000 to purchase chemicals and/or equipment for your research project.
The Research Fund enables research with high scientific or societal impact that can not be funded through mainstream sources of funding. We have identified as priority groups those working in less well funded institutes, those in developing countries and early career researchers.
The Fund is available to our members at Universities, colleges or research institutes conducting their own research.

  • Analytical Science Developing World Scholarships

If you’re working in analytical science in part of the developing world, this scholarship (run by our Analytical Division) is an opportunity to visit the UK or Ireland to acquire new skills or knowledge that would have a practical impact on your country. Unless already a member, scholars should apply for membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry and its Analytical Division within one month of the commencement of the scholarship.
The emphasis would be very much on achieving a practical and beneficial impact in their Home Country, rather than on purely academic research.

  • International Exchanges

 Applications now open, closing date 25th September

Awards are available to support collaboration in the chemical sciences between the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa). Up to £12,000 is available for each 2 year award and up to £2,000 of this can be used to fund research costs. This scheme is open to members and non-members of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Applications must be made through the International Exchanges Standard Programme from the Royal Society.
Case study: Addis Ababa University and Nottingham University working together on environmentally sustainable biopolymers.
Full details here:
Register your interest here to be informed when registration opens later in the year:



  • Newsletters

We have recently launched a new mailing list and, if you have not already done so, you need to take some action to ensure that you still receive updates from the Royal Society of Chemistry and PACN in the future: 

Please share this information across your networks, and through your societies.  We welcome all to the PACN and we want to share our opportunities for training, funding and events with a wide community across Africa and globally.  Help us to reach those who could benefit from our work.
 Dr Helen Driver (nee Bailey) MRSC, Senior Programme Manager, Africa ;;

  • Pan Africa Chemistry Network Congress 2018

Managing resources through Chemistry: Wealth not waste


Each of these topics may also include: appropriate monitoring - Analytical chemistry, engagement to help ensure resources are managed effectively; regulatory issues; socioeconomic issues: and work to define or understand ‘The African context’.

For more details and to submit your abstract:; Contact:

Helen Driver


For the latest news see:

What does the 4th Industrial Revolution mean for science, engineering and technology?

11-13 September 2018, Cape Town Stadium

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is hosting a Discussion Forum on ‘The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) and science, engineering and technology (SET), industry, society, and education’. The event will be held from 11-13 September 2018 in partnership with the South African Innovation Summit (NSTF member). It is full day on 11 September and in the afternoons of 12 and 13 September.
NEW  Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points: CPD points will be awarded to attendees who are members of SACNASP (South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions). One point for attending the whole day on 11 September, and half a point each for the afternoons of 12 and 13 September.
NEW  Cocktail event with the South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB), SA Tourism: The event is on 11 September 2018 at 16:30. Beyond networking, find out more about assistance and funding available from SANCB.

NEW  NSTF will be exhibiting: Come and visit! We will be at stand 01- 01, Level 1.


Join the conversation about our future.

Click here to RSVP

Fundamental changes are anticipated for everything – such as industries, economies, jobs, transport, skills, and education. These include job losses, new legislation, and changes to education and training.

Envisaged outcomes:

  • Collating recommendations for government, which will be publicised and sent to the relevant authorities

  • Identifying issues for further discussion and possible follow-up actions

Ensure that the SET community has a voice – be part of the discussion.
Increase the impact and let your colleagues in Cape Town
know about this event.

Special NSTF discounts for the SA Innovation Summit: To get 30% discount to the
 SA Innovation Summit (SAIS), register for the SAIS with the unique NSTF promo code:
 2018NSTF. All SAIS delegates with tickets attend the NSTF 4IR Discussion Forum
 free of charge.
Registrations for the NSTF 4IR Discussion Forum only: If you want to register for the NSTF 4IR Discussion Forum but not participate in the SA Innovation Summit:

  • NSTF members have free access to the NSTF 4IR Discussion Forum, even if not registered for the SA Innovation Summit.

  • Non-members pay R2000 registration fee excl VAT. (All SAIS delegates with tickets attend the NSTF 4IR Discussion Forum free.) 

  • This event is free for media, the diplomatic corps, and government (all government is already an NSTF member).

 Delegate registration information

 Dates & times:
 Day 1: Tuesday 11 September (08:30 for 09:00-17:00) – full day with lunch
 Day 2: Wednesday 12 September (13:30 for 14:00-17:00) – half day, lunch not
 Day 3: Thursday 13 September (13:30 for 14:00-17:00) – half day, lunch not

 Venue: Cape Town Stadium, main entrance, level 2, Fritz Sonnenberg Rd,
 Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape

 Programme: Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3 

 RSVP: RSVP online your participation in the different events by Thursday 6  
 September 2018.  Terms and conditions apply.

 Parking: Opposite the stadium (walk over and enter through the main entrance)

 Join us for lunch on the first day. Please use the opportunity for further discussion and

Registration information***

Non-Member Organisations of the NSTF: Attendance is open for anyone interested but as explained above and on the registration form (all fees are excluding VAT).  The registration fee where applicable includes attendance, documentation relating to the event, conference stationery, refreshments and lunch on Day 1 only.

Please note that if you do not RSVP, the NSTF cannot be held responsible for any unforeseen changes or cancellations of programmes. Communications are sent only via e-mail or through notifications on the NSTF website.

***Non-members of the NSTF – Please note, your registration fee for this Discussion Forum contributes directly to the non-profit mission of the NSTF, as a collaborative consultative forum and watchdog for influencing the formulation and delivery of science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation public policy in South Africa. Furthermore, the NSTF:

·Provides information

·Promotes SET and innovation

·Hosts platforms for networking and debate on current SET issues

Engages with government on SET-related policy



In celebration of the 100th anniversary of IUPAC and the International Year of the Periodic Table, a Periodic Table of Younger Chemists has been released to honour 118 outstanding younger chemists from around the world who in embody the mission and core values of IUPAC ( Sadhna Mathura has been named as one of the first of the 118 (Click on cobalt "Co" element 27 to see).

Sadhna Mathura
Lecturer and Academic Coordinator, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

                                                                                               Co - Cobalt

Dr Sadhna Mathura is nominated for her dedication to multi-disciplinary scientific approaches, and for her teaching passion.
Sadhna obtained her Doctorate in Bioinorganic Chemistry from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) for her significant contribution to the understanding of vitamin B12 and cobalt chemistry. Her work was recognised through several Doctoral scholarships and three publications. She provided quality Chemistry training to three postgrad students, and well over a 100 undergraduate students, many of whom have gone on to further their Chemistry career.

Her Masters (cum laude) was awarded for her innovation in Genetics and Forestry; she used her Chemistry knowledge to develop diagnostics for identifying invasive black wattle species. Her multi-disciplinary mind-set equipped her to find relationships between chlorophyll content in leaves, and their chromosomal content. She obtained 4 publications here.

Her Structural Biochemistry postdoc used Physical Chemistry to investigate the mechanism of detoxification protein hGSTP1-1. This work contributes to the larger body of research on anticancer drug resistance. Her findings were presented at the 30th Annual Protein Society Symposium in Maryland, USA.

Currently, Sadhna is a sessional Lecturer at Wits University and is developing a project that relies on her knowledge of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Genetics. She aims to investigate Bilirubin Chemistry as it pertains to neonatal jaundice. Neonatal jaundice affects over 60% of all newborns and there is a need for better diagnostic technology.

It is in these ways that she supports the IUPAC Core Values and the Sustainable Development vision.

  • The 2018 Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists

20 July 2018
Dear IUPAC National Adhering Organizations,

On behalf of Marie-Francoise Roy (IMU) and Mei-Hung Chiu (IUPAC),  you are invited to participate in the 2018 Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists.

You will find the survey at  

The survey is available in seven languages (English, French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese). Simply choose your language on the first page of the survey.

The update info can be found at

The survey is part of an interdisciplinary collaboration of eleven partners, supported by the International Council for Science (ICSU), which aims to better understand the problems mathematical, computing, and natural science academics and practitioners are facing around the world. The partners are:

1. International Mathematical Union (IMU) 2. International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) 3. International Union for Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) 4. International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) 5. International Astronomical Union (IAU) 6. United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 7. International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) 8. Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE) 9. International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST) 10. Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) 11. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

One of the specific tasks for the project is to collect data across the world to inform policy makers from all countries, especially developing countries, about reducing the gap between men and women in mathematical, computing, and natural sciences.

The data are being collected by the non-profit Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics. Responses to this survey are voluntary, and your individual information will be held in strict confidence. We are aiming for thousands of respondents from every corner of the world!

We will also need your help to find more respondents (men and women), to answer this survey. Please forward this e-mail to send it to anyone (both men and women) who has studied or worked in mathematics, computing, natural sciences, or the history and philosophy of science and technology. It is only by hearing from as many people as possible that we can understand the worldwide situation for people in these fields.

Thank you for your help with this important effort.

Marie-Francoise Roy (IMU) and Mei-Hung Chiu (IUPAC) Coordinators of the Gender Gap in Science project

  • Invitation

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 [...]

Clément Sanchez
Professor at Collège de France
Chair of IUPAC-2019 WCC
and Centenary Events 

  • Nominations Open for Periodic Table of Younger Chemists!

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: .

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   Watch the Video to find out more about IUPAC100 from our Younger Chemists!:

* Nominate a Younger Chemist!
* Check out IUPAC 100 Activities!
* Pass this along and keep watching for further news

Video by 2017 IUPAC-Solvay Award Winner and IUPAC100 Member, Dr. Scarabelli. See more videos on IUPAC YouTube Channel!

  • 2019 is the centenary of IUPAC.  A number of celebrations and events are planned.



  • During the 49th IUPAC General Assembly held in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2017, it was officially announced that the 2019 IUPAC Summer Schools on Green Chemistry will be held in Tanzania.  This is the first time this event is being held in Africa managed by the IUPAC Interdivisional Committee on Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development (ICGCSD).

    The 2019 summer school is further special in being held during the 100th Anniversary of IUPAC.  As local organizers (University of Dar es Salaam,Tanzania Bureau of Standards,Tanzania Chemical Society, etc.) we have planned the event to be held in Dar es Salaam from 12th to 19th May 2019.  The event will provide the participants (mainly post graduate students) with an understanding of the latest developments of the concepts and management of green and sustainable chemistry.

  • 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:
    1. Exploitation of Natural Resources
    2. Green Methodologies
    3. Green Analysis
    4. Green Synthesis of Nanoparticles
    5. Other green chemistry topics are welcome!

    More information will be posted on a website which will be launched soon.

Department of Trade and Industry Industrial Policy Action Plan

The Department of Trade and Industry has published the latest version of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP). The chemical sector is represented from pages 76 to 77 and 151 to 155.

CAIA Newsletter

The latest issue of CAIA news is available. Go to:
 or e-mail: for pdf files of news and information.

  • Responsible Care Award

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,  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

Details of the journal and the editors can be seen at

All manuscripts since 1918 are electronically available online at

There will be one special (additional) issue this year on “South African Marine Natural Products” under the leadership of Dr Denzil Beukus.  This will be announced on the journal website in due course.

This Journal is published electronically.  The webpage is:  The South African Journal of Chemistry, published by the South African Chemical Institute, has been publishing high quality papers, in all fields of Chemistry for 100 years.  The Journal went fully electronic in 2000 and is freely available through open access online (  It is a CAS-abstracted publication and is listed in Current Web Contents.  It is also part of the Scielo group.  It has retained its status as an accredited publication with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training.

We encourage South African chemists to publish in the journal especially in this centenary year!

African Journals of Chemistry

  • African Corrosion Journal (online).  Commenced in 2015 – a peer reviewed corrosion journal. This journal may be of interest to the “practical” chemists amongst the SACI membership.

  • African Journal of Chemical Education       
    Enquiries and manuscripts should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief: email, PO Box 2305, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. AJCE, 2016, 6(1) ISSN 2227-5835 The online version appears in the FASC website ( and in the AJOL website (

  • Hacked website

After several attempts, my UNESCO colleague (Henok Workye) redesigned our hacked website and uploaded the issues of the Journal. I am grateful to him! You can access the journals at
It is also available at the AJOL site
Temechegn Engida

According to Rummel [1], peace has always been among humanity's highest values--for some, supreme. Peace is defined as equilibrium within social field. Peace can therefore, be seen as absence of dissension, violent conflict or war. It is the occurrence of harmony which is characterized by lack of violence and other conflict behaviors and includes freedom from fear of violence. Peace is not mere absence of war but includes social balance that ensures the absence of real or imagined causes of conflict from a human grouping. Peace is a perquisite for real development. Chemistry has been mostly linked to the development of weapons that are anti-peace and anti-humanities. In this regard, RSC [2] states that Chemistry has been central to warfare ever since the first arrow head was forged and never more so following the industrialization of war in the twentieth century with the improvement of explosives and the development of chemical weapons. UNESCO [3] states that “since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed”. Education in general and science education in particular, thus, have a strong place in realizing this vision. It is therefore vital to look at how Chemistry instills peace in the minds of men and women who study (get acquainted with) Chemistry formally (and informally). AJCE thus Calls for Papers under the theme of Chemistry and Peace Development. If sufficient manuscripts are submitted until end of October 2018, they will be published as a Special Issue of AJCE in 2018. In the absence of sufficient manuscripts, then the available ones will appear in the January 2019 issue.

1. Rummel, R. J. Understanding Conflict and War: Volume 5: The Just Peace. Retrieved from on 8 August 2018.
2. RSC (2014). War and Peace - Chemistry's contribution. Retrieved from ttps:// on 8 August 2018.
3. UNESCO (1945). UNESCO’s Constitution. Retrieved from on 8 August 2018.
Dr. Temechegn Engida
Program Officer, ICT and STEM Education, UNESCO-IICBA

Editor-in-Chief, African Journal of Chemical Education (AJCE)

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A PDF version of the first issue of volume 8 AJCE 2018 is available. The online version is available at the FASC website:  
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The Table of Contents of this issue:

  • Proving the paramagnetism of oxygen by molecular modelling (Robson Fernandes de Farias)

  • Effects of conceptual change instructional approach on achievement of pre-service chemistry teachers in aliphatic hydrocarbon concepts (Woldie Belachew, Hans-Dieter Barke and Sileshi Yitbarek)

  • A toolkit for mastering organic nomenclature in general chemistry (Cassandra Orozco, James E. Becvar and Mahesh Narayan)

  • Comparative effect of two problem-solving instructional strategies on students’ achievement in stoichiometry (Mandina Shadrec and Ochonogor Chukunoye Enunuwe)

  • Utilization of learning activity package in the classroom: impact on senior secondary school students’ academic achievement in organic chemistry (David Agwu Udu and Charles .U. Eze)

  • Re-structuring secondary school chemistry education for sustainable development in Nigerian developing economy (Olufunmilayo D. Ayodele)

  • Readability of some topics in select current ordinary level chemistry textbooks and Nigerian students’ perception about difficulty of the topics (Macson Joshua Ahiakwo and Godsgrace Chiagaweye Ene)

  • Kitchen chemistry: practical chemistry with simple equipment and readily available materials (Stephen H. Ashworth)

  • Innovative mnemonics in chemical education: review article (Arijit Das)

  • Early chemistry misconceptions: status and implications for science education in Ethiopia (Abayneh Lemma Gurmu)

Papers on any aspect of Chemistry Education such as teaching organic, analytical, physical, inorganic, polymer, green, climate change/environmental chemistry, ICT in chemistry and chemistry curricula as well as assessment in chemistry are acceptable for publication. We also encourage issues on chemistry and indigenous knowledge/practice, chemical safety, natural products and related areas.


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