Announcement of the Appointment of Dr. Lynn Soby as Executive Director IUPAC

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Lynn Soby as Executive Director IUPAC today, 24th July 2014.

Dr. Soby is a chemistry graduate who gained a PhD in Macromolecular Science and an MBA in the Management of Technology from Case Western Reserve University. She has held senior positions in industrial research and in technology development with BF Goodrich and with Avon Cosmetics, which included actively setting up research and technical organizations in many countries around the world. She has worked as a business analyst and most recently held the position of Vice President Innovation and Commercialization at Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International in North Carolina.

Dr. Soby brings a valuable blend of science, technology and business administration to the role of Executive Director at a time of change for IUPAC as the Union approaches its centenary. The officers are sure the IUPAC community will welcome Dr. Soby to her new role and we are all looking forward to working with her.

Colin Humphris
Acting Secretary General
On behalf of the Officers of IUPAC

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Category: Awards

International Call for Proposals in Sustainable Chemistry

IUPAC and participating national funding agencies are pleased to issue an international call for proposals on “Novel Molecular and Supramolecular Theory and Synthesis Approaches for Sustainable Catalysis”.

This call is intended to foster multi-national cooperation in sustainable chemistry. All researchers working in the field of sustainable chemistry and eligible to apply for financial support from their respective participating national research councils, are cordially invited to apply. This program is designed for small teams of three or four principal investigators, encompassing three countries. While larger teams may be considered, it is incumbent upon the team to articulate a clear and strong plan that optimizes both scientific coherence and effective management of resources. Each team will submit a single, joint proposal.

The motivation of this call is to foster networking between excellent scientists on topics in chemistry exemplified by a three-year program in sustainable chemistry. Grants will support basic experimental and theoretical research. A successful proposal will have to:

  1. Introduce novel approaches to develop a new generation of catalysts in which rare elements are replaced with earth abundant elements; and
  2. Successfully address a significant environmental problem.

 This grant program does not support: (i) basic research that focuses on biological techniques, cellular processes, or biomedical problems; (ii) applied research that focuses on extended solids and bulk materials, (iii) design, optimization, or other engineering aspects of devices; (iv) engineering aspects of chemistry, such as scale-up, processing, transport dynamics, and long-term stability.

This call involves the following partners:

  • Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP), Brazil;
  • National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), China;

Research teams interested in this opportunity should be aware of the following important dates:

  • Letters of intent are due February 1, 2013.
  • Full proposals for eligible projects are due March 29, 2013.
  • Final results of this call will be communicated to applicants by September 30, 2013.
  • Funding of all awards will start no later than January 2014.

The Call is coordinated by the IUPAC Division of Chemistry and the Environment. Questions should be addressed to the call secretariat at

Guidelines for Applicants (PDF) (Word Doc) and further details are available at relevant partner agency websites.

The present Call for Proposals is modeled after the first international call in polymer science (IUPAC project  2006-013-1-020) and will follow the guidelines compiled and released under project 2010-032-3-400.


!! See April 2014 release announcing the seven funded proposals.