Co-chairs:
Wilhelm Huck &

CHEMISTRY AT THE MOLECULAR FRONTIERS

Complex reaction networks govern all processes of Life. Chemistry as a discipline is moving from a focus on molecules to a focus on collections of molecules and the emergence of molecular complexity. This means that we need to understand how to study and control complex systems, how to create function… Can we interface molecular systems with electronic systems? With living systems?

Keywords: Systems chemistry, new computational and analytical tools, introduce big data/AI into organic synthesis and the study of complex systems, neuromorphic computing, interface with biology, supramolecular chemistry, system chemistry

Committee members:

Co-chairs:
Ingrid Dijkgraaf & Margaret Brimble

CHEMISTRY RELATED TO HEALTH

Chemistry is indispensable to improve global human health as it enables us to unravel basic (patho)physiologal molecular mechanisms, develop better diagnostics, and design advanced therapeutics. In the Health track of the IUPAC|CHAINS 2023 conference, the current and future global health challenges and how recent advances in chemistry contributed to improve human health will be presented and discussed.

Keywords: Chemical Biology, Medicinal Chemistry, Immunology, Diagnostics, Biochemistry, Membranes, Proteomics, Analytical Chemistry, Molecular modelling computational chemistry, Smart materials, regenerative materials, biopolymers

Committee members:

Co-chairs:
Joost Reek &

CHEMISTRY RELATED TO SUSTAINABILITY

The transition to a sustainable society represents an enormeous challenge. The climate change dictates that we need to rapidly reduce the use of fossile fuels, the chemical industry needs to transition to biobased feedstock and the increasing contamination of plastic in the envrionment shows that we need to rethink our use and (re-use) of these type of materials. At the same time, the access to materials to achieve this, such as those based on rare metals, is limited. These challenges set the stage for academic research in the development of novel chemical processes that are selective, waste free, and of energy friendly. New direction in this area will be at the core of this part of the IUPAC conference.

Keywords: Climate change, energy transition, plastics, catalysis, recycling/circularity, renewable materials, CO2 utilisation, electrochemistry, toxicology, (waste) water purification, photocatalysis, new processes, LCA, process technology, chemical conversion, biotech

Committee members:

Co-chairs:
Beatriz Noheda & Ram Seshadri

SMART & ENERGY MATERIALS

The Smart and Energy Materials theme refers to the design, synthesis and characterization of materials that display enhanced responses to external stimuli and, thus, are optimally suited for applications in electro-chemistry, (opto-)electronics and electro-mechanics. These include materials and meta-materials for batteries, hydrogen production, photovoltaics, energy harvesting, electrochromics, sensing and actuating, … Next to materials synthesis, the theme includes theoretical developments for materials design, as well as advanced characterization techniques, which are of the outmost importance to address current challenges in the understanding of the effect of the materials nanoscale, atomic structure, surface properties, defect generation, (meta-)stability, kinetics…on the desired properties.

Keywords: Catalysis, design & synthesis, electrochemistry, energy conversion and storage, operando spectroscopy

Committee members:

Co-chairs:
Patricia Osseweijer & Julian Kinderlerer

ETHICS, EDUCATION & SOCIETY

In the theme Ethics, Education and Society we reflect on the responsibility and education of chemical scientists to consider the appropriateness of new chemicals for societal problems, their (dual) use and production process as well as moral issues in the value chain such as benefit sharing, social development, environmental issues and safety. Considerations could include efforts on ethics by design and on ethics in design and whether these should impact the research lab or only the development phases for commercialisation. Novel approaches such as ‘Safe-by-Design’, ‘Value-Sensitive-Design’ and ‘Responsible Research Innovation or Inclusion’ could be discussed as well as methods for education and communication. Juridical issues will also be considered.

Keywords: Societal problems, global challenges, moral issues, SDG’s, dual-use, open science, diversity

Committee members:

Co-chairs:
Koen van den Helder & João Borges

YOUNG PROGRAM

During IUPAC|CHAINS2023 there is special attention for the young attendees. The International Young Chemists Network (IYCN), the European Young Chemists Network (EYCN) and Young KNCV have joined forces to provide inspiring sessions to broaden your network and boost your skills.

Keywords: 21st-Century skills, networking, speeddates, IYCN, EYCN, future generation, talent stimulation, skill development

Committee members:
Maximilian Menche