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UA Professor Javier García elected President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

For the first time, a Spaniard will lead the organisation that governs international chemistry



 PHOTO: a moment of the IUPAC Assembly held in Paris where the appointment of Javier Garcia was announced.


Alicante, Thursday 11 July 2019

The General Assembly of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has elected Javier García, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Alicante, as President of this organisation for the biennium 2022-2023. Until that date, he will be holding the position of Vice President.

Within the context of the International Year of the Periodic Table and the IUPAC centenary, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry has held its General Assembly this week in Paris, where the new challenges of global chemistry for the next 100 years were analysed. During the meeting, votes were taken to designate the next presidency, from which Javier García was appointed to lead the presidency of the Organisation from 2022 onwards. The University of Alicante Professor has so far been a member of the IUPAC Executive Committee and Vice President of its Inorganic Chemistry Division. This is the first time that a Spaniard will be at the head of the organisation.  According to Javier García, being at the head of an organisation of this size and projection is, other than an honour, a great opportunity to take Spanish science to the place it deserves.

García will take over from Chris Brett, professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, with whom he will continue to work as Vice President until 2022. He also stated that now that the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry is entering its second centenary, they are looking to the future with a commitment to improving the quality of life through chemistry and a more sustainable future.


About Javier García Martínez

Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Nanotechnology at the University of Alicante (UA) where he has developed an extensive teaching and research career on nanomaterials and their application in the energy sector.

Founder of technology-based company Rive Technology, which commercialises the technology he developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since 2012, the catalysts marketed by Rive Technology are used in several refineries around the world significantly increasing the production of fuels and energy efficiency of the process.

Javier's scientific and business leadership has been recognised with some of the most important awards. In June 2014, he was awarded the Rey Jaime I Prize in the category of New Technologies and since 2015 he has been the first Spaniard to receive the Emerging Researcher Award from the American Chemical Society. In the summer of 2017, Javier was presented with the Kathryn C. Hach Award by the American Chemical Society as the best entrepreneur in the USA in the chemical sector. Javier is also a member of the Emerging Technologies Council of the World Economic Forum, the Global Youth Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Since 2019, Javier has been a Professor at the Rafael del Pino Foundation and President of the Spanish Youth Academy.


About the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)

IUPAC was founded in 1919 by chemists from academia and industry. Over the past 100 hundred years, the Union has created a common language for chemistry, standards, verified data, best practices in chemistry and promoted chemistry education and collaboration in the university and chemical industry. IUPAC is the world authority on recognising and naming chemical elements and ordering them in the periodic table.


The Union sponsors international meetings at the highest level and funds projects around the world. During the Cold War, IUPAC played a crucial role in maintaining scientific dialogue between scientists of different nationalities. Today, the Union looks to its new centenary with a focus on Sustainable Development Goals, the application of artificial intelligence to chemistry and a commitment to diversity.

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