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2011 International Year of Chemistry

Friday, November 13th, 2009
Official logo of the International year of Chemistry

Official logo of the International year of Chemistry

The United Nations Organisation has declared 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry. Promoted by IUPAC, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, the governing body of chemistry world-wide, 2011 seeks to celebrate the achievements of Chemistry.   The specific goals of this celebration,  as outlined by Australia’s Prof David StC. Black, the Secretary General of IUPAC, are to:

  • Increase the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs
  • Increase interest of young people in chemistry
  • Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
  • Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mme. Curie Nobel Prize and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies.

IUPAC has created a dedicated website at which you can discover the events and activities that will roll out before and during 2011 ( to go to the site click <>or type into your browser) .

In his column in the May-June 2009 edition of Chemistry International, the news magazine of IUPAC, David highlights how Australia might kick of the International Year of Chemistry in spectacular style with the Sydney New Year Fireworks display, which is “nothing if not chemistry in action”. Not only are the fireworks Chemistry, he writes, but people watching the display world-wide on television, are dependent upon chemical technology. Thousands of people will photograph the fireworks making use of the chemistry intrinsic to color photography, be it traditional or digital.  Even those who just look at the fireworks to enjoy the wonderful colours will do so because of the chemistry involved in vision itself (photo-isomerisation of retinaldimine in the eye by light energy is responsible for the visual stimulous).

Chemistry at UNE will be participating in the International Year of Chemistry in 2011.

Chemistry seeking to appoint TWO new Lecturers

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Chemistry at UNE is currently advertising for two new lecturers. One of these will be appointed in the area of Medicinal/Biological Chemistry. A second appointment will be open to applicants in any area of relevance to Chemistry’s and the School of Science and Technology’s research interests but who should ideally have a keen interest in undergraduate teaching and Chemical Education.

Chemistry’s homepage provides details of existing staff, teaching and research activities and the School of Science and Technology homepage can be found here.

Applicants should consult the full advertisements and directions for applicants at the University’s recruitment webpage.

informal enquiries can be directed to Professor Graham Leedham, Head of School of Science and Technology, ph: (02) 6773 5009 or email or Professor Stephen Glover, ph: (02) 6773 2361 or email

New staff-member in Chemistry

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

ericasmith1Chemistry welcomes Dr Erica Smith who has joined the staff of Chemistry temporarily as a first year lecturer. Erica, a graduate from University of Sydney, has a Masters degree in Chemistry from the University of Greenwich in the UK and a Ph.D. from Houston, Texas. She brings to Chemistry a wealth of experience in Chemistry teaching in the College system in the USA. Her research interests are in the area of molecular simulations and molecular dynamics.

Lewis lecture theatre now state-of-the-art

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
Dr Chris Fellows lecturing to CHEM110 in the newly refurbished Lewis lecture theatre.

Dr Chris Fellows lecturing to CHEM110 in the newly refurbished Lewis lecture theatre.

The Lewis lecture theatre was recently re-commissioned in the Chemistry precinct. Now a state-of-the-art facility for Chemistry and other classes in the School of Science and Technology, Lewis boasts the best in audio-visual technology. The dual projection facilities, video cameras and mobile extractor fans are tailor-made for live chemical demonstrations.

Isoprene— building block natural oils

Isoprene— building block of natural oils

The décor has a distinct chemical connection. The side-panels are embossed with the structure of isoprene, the building block of many natural products (chemicals from plant sources including rubber, and a constituent of many natural oils). The motif was chosen to connect the new facility with Dr Keith Lewis who retired from Chemistry in 1980 and after whom the lecture hall was named. Keith Lewis published extensively in the area of natural product chemistry.