Call for Nominations of FACS Awards & Citation 2017

On behalf of the President of Federation of Asian Chemical Society (FACS), Prof. Jasim Uddin Ahmad, I would like inform you that we will be presenting the following Awards at the 17th Asian Chemical Congress (17h ACC) that will be held in Melbourne, Australia from 23-28 July, 2017.

  1. Foundation Lectureship Award 2016 in Analytical Chemistry
  2. Distinguished Young Chemist Award 2016 in Organic Chemistry
  3. Distinguished Contribution to Economic Advancement Award
  4. Distinguished Contribution to Chemical Education Award
  5. FACS Citations for Contributions to Chemistry in the Asia-Pacific Region

Nominations are invited from member societies for the above Awards and Citation, and only one nomination is allowed for each Award from each member society. The closing date for submission of the nominations is on 31 January 2017. Please submit the nominations to following address or via email to:

Prof. Dr. Md. Wahab Khan – FACS Secretariat
c/o Bangladesh Chemical Society
10/11 Eastern Plaza, Sonargaon Road, Hatirpool, Dhaka-1205, Bangladesh

Department of Chemistry, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET)
Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
Tel +8801552466300
Email: mwkhan@chem.buet.ac.bd

Click here to download the nomination form.

2017 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Joint Research Project (JRP) Call for Proposals

The Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and
Development (PCIEERD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
would like to extend the “2017 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
(JSPS) Joint Research Project (JRP) Call for Proposals”.

The Joint Research Program (JRP) under the Joint Scientific Cooperation Program
between the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Japan Society
for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is a bilateral exchange program in accordance
with the mutual Agreement on International Scientific Collaboration which aims to
provide support for research to be jointly conducted by Japanese and Filipino
Researchers. Specifically aims to: 1) Contribute to scientific advancement by
conducting bilateral research (including seminars) in the specific research field and
2) Provide opportunities for young researchers of Japan and the Philippines to meet,
interact and exchange ideas to build a robust S&T community in the region.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) were calling for mutually
beneficial and collaborative project proposals that respond to the priority identified in
the Harmonized National R&D Agenda downloadable at
https://itcu.dost.qov.ph/images/download/National%2ORD%20Acienda.pdf

Interested parties are advised to coordinate with prospective counterpart/collaborator
in Japan to craft their proposals. The Filipino researcher must submit the proposal to
DOST while the Japanese counterpart will submit the same to JPSP for separate
review and evaluation. Only projects approved by both DOST and JSPS will be
implemented under this cooperation scheme.

Attached is the Guidelines for the DOST_JSPS for Pi’ 2017. Application must be
submitted on or before 31 August 2016 to the International Technology Cooperation
Unit (ITCU), 3″d Floor, DOST Main building, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig
City or email them at itcu-maildostmov.ph / amvelasquezdostmov.ph The
necessary forms may be downloaded at https://www.dost.gov.ph.

Click here to download the announcement.

Philippine representative participates in drafting Global Chemists’ Code of Ethics

Thirty-five chemistry experts from 18 countries drafted the Global Chemists’ Code of Ethics (GCCE) on April 4–6, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The workshop that led to the GCCE draft was organized by the American Chemical Society Office of International Activities with support from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and hosted by Institut Kimia Malaysia. Logistical sponsorship for the workshop was provided by the U.S. Department of State Chemical Security Program.

Chemistry professionals from 18 countries, including American Chemical Society president-elect Dr. Allison Campbell (seated, 7th from left), were joined by host Institut Kimia Malaysia president Dr. Ong Eng Long (seated, 6th from right), during the final day of the workshop that led to the Global Chemists’ Code of Ethics. Photo credit: Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohd. Jamil Maah.

Chemistry professionals from 18 countries, including American Chemical Society president-elect Dr. Allison Campbell (seated, 7th from left), were joined by host Institut Kimia Malaysia president Dr. Ong Eng Long (seated, 6th from right), during the final day of the workshop that led to the Global Chemists’ Code of Ethics. Photo credit: Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohd. Jamil Maah.

Six categories are covered by the GCCE, namely research, scientific writing and publishing, environment, safety, security, and making positive change happen. In addition to the GCCE draft, executive summaries were prepared for policy makers, industry professionals and academia. Educational materials are also available for institutions and organizations to conduct their own workshops to develop, review, or revise their existing codes of ethics and conduct as appropriate.

The GCCE covers the key elements of The Hague Ethical Guidelines which was published in December 2015 by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons after the 20th Session of the Conference of State Parties acknowledged these guidelines.

Sole Philippine representative Dr. Patrick John Y. Lim participated in the GCCE workshop and also in the drafting of The Hague Ethical Guidelines. Dr. Lim, who is a professor of chemistry at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, is the chapter president of Integrated Chemists of the Philippines-Cebu Chapter and is a board member of the Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas.

St Jude Catholic School Defends Championship Title in the 16th DLSU Chemistry Challenge

By Nick Andrei Tan

The Chemistry Department of De La Salle University (DLSU) once again played host to sixty-eight Grade 9 student-contestants, their respective coaches, and guests from thirty-seven high schools in and around Metro Manila for the 16th edition of the Chemistry Challenge, held on 23 January 2016 at the Natividad Fajardo-Rosario Gonzalez Auditorium of the Bro. Andrew Gonzalez FSC Hall. They were warmly welcomed by Dr. Robert Roleda, DLSU’s Vice-Chancellor for Academics, and Ms. Faith Marie Lagua, overall coordinator of the Challenge.

As the student-contestants were busy in answering the Challenge’s Elimination Round, their teacher-coaches and other guests attended the Prof. Richard F. Heck Chemistry Lecture Series, named after the late 2010 Nobel Chemistry Laureate who also served as an adjunct professor in DLSU’s Chemistry Department. Distinguished faculty members of the department gave captivating and relevant lectures. Dr. Rodolfo Sumayao talked about the roles of lysosomes in cells other than being a garbage disposal system. Meanwhile, Dr. David Peñaloza, Jr. enticed everyone about the opportunities in nanotechnology research and its numerous applications. After the two lectures, the audience was treated to a DLSU campus tour courtesy of the DLSU Chemistry Society.

The quiz-bee type final round consists of three parts — easy, moderate, and difficult rounds — each having ten questions. Student-contestants with the top ten scores from the elimination round are qualified in the final round. The battle for the top spot was not smooth at all, as there was a two-way tie between Jinger Chong and Adriel Jeremy Gaw, both hailing from Saint Jude Catholic School. After their intense clincher round, Chong was declared the champion, with Gaw settling for second. This marks the first time since 2008 that a school won on a one-two finish. Also, with Chong’s win, Saint Jude Catholic School successfully defended their championship title for the second consecutive year. It wasn’t the only clincher round, though: Christine Sagun (Sisters of Mary of Banneux, Inc.) and David Ethan Hwang (Xavier School) also fascinated the crowd in their battle for third place, which Sagun eventually conquered. In addition to winning a cash prize and trophy as champion, Chong also received an additional cash prize as the elimination round topnotcher.

The other finalists were: Etienne Joaquim L. Cancio (De La Salle University – Integrated School); Jan Reynald M. Melchor (San Beda College, Alabang); Christian V. Novicio (Sisters of Mary Schools-Adlas); Jilliane Clare N. Lu (Immaculate Conception Academy); Adrian Thomas G. Bandong (Learning Links Academy); and Sherwin John Y. Navarro (Xavier School).

Dr. Glenn Alea, Chair of the DLSU Chemistry Department, and Dr. Derrick Yu, Vice Dean of DLSU’s College of Science, were at hand to congratulate the finalists and their coaches.

The DLSU Chemistry Challenge is the longest-running inter-high school chemistry quiz bee contest for private schools in and around Metro Manila. Its main aim is to identify and recognize students with exceptional talents in the field of chemistry.

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Fellowship Programme 2016

This refers to the Note by the Technical Secretariat, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), regarding a Training Programme under the OPCW Fellowship Programme 2016. It will be held at the OPCW Laboratory, The Netherlands.

The fellowship will involve the development of training materials and e-learning modules for the analysis of compounds related to precursors, degradation products, and by-products of chemical warfare agents.

The fellowship will be for a duration of six (6) months in 2016. The exact date of commencement will be mutually agreed upon by the selected fellow and the Officials of the OPCW Laboratory.

In this regard, the Philippine National Authority on the Chemical Weapons Convention (PNA-CWC) Secretariat invites you to nominate qualified candidate/s, to attend the abovementioned fellowship. Given the purpose and technical nature of the course, candidates will be initially screened by the PNA-CWC Secretariat according to the following criteria:

  1. Chemists by profession;
  2. Have a Master’s or equivalent degree in chemical sciences or engineering, accompanied by an advanced degree (PhD) or five (5) years of relevant experience in a related field;
  3. Have a laboratory experience/ practical experience in the analysis of organic chemicals using chromatography, mass spectrometry techniques, and organic micro-synthesis;
  4. Have a theoretical understanding of other analytical techniques such as infrared and nuclear-magnetic resonance;
  5. Have an experience in the development of training courses, and experience in the analysis of chemicals related to the CWC;
  6. Have good computer skills and proficient in the use of Microsoft Windows; and
  7. Have a good command of English, including excellent writing skills.

Applications from qualified female candidates are highly encouraged.
The pre-selection will be performed by the Officials of the OPCW Laboratory. Three (3) shortlisted candidates will be provided a Letter of Endorsement by their respective National Authorities in order to be eligible for the final selection process. The final selection will be made jointly by the Director of the International Cooperation and Assistance Division of the Secretariat and the Head of the OPCW Laboratory in April 2016. Only one (1) candidate will be selected for the fellowship offered under this programme.

The OPCW Technical Secretariat will provide tutorship, equipment, and infrastructure free of charge and will cover travel-related expenses including airfare and medical insurance. The selected fellow will also receive a monthly allowance to cover basic living costs while in The Netherlands which is set at EUR 2,000 (not taxable).

The recommended candidate is invited to complete the Fellowship Programme Application Form (ANNEX A) and submit it to the PNA-CWC Secretariat (by email to pna.secretariat@gmail.com) no later than 29 February 2016. The Fellowship Programme Application Form must be accompanied by the following requirements:

  1. Up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  2. Essay (NOT exceeding 300 words) outlining the objectives the candidate wishes to achieve and the type of work experience he/she hopes to acquire during the period of the fellowship;
  3. Recommendation letter from the supervisor of the candidate at the institution where he/she is currently working, indicating how the training will be of benefit to the candidate’s present position, institution, and country; and
  4. Scanned copy of the personal identification page of the applicant’s valid passport.

Incomplete requirements or insufficiently detailed applications will not be considered by the PNA-CWC Secretariat.

Should there be queries or clarifications on this programme, the contact person is Ms. Nazrin Camille D. Castro at email address castro.nazrin@gmail.com.

The Hague Ethical Guidelines

A key component of supporting the peaceful uses of chemistry is the promotion of responsible conduct in the chemical sciences; and building on existing ethical standards in the global chemistry community, in partnership with scientific organizations and industry groups around the world.

As a way to further advance this important work, a group of more than 30 scientists and chemistry professionals from over 20 countries convened in The Hague to discuss the ethical practice of chemistry under the norms of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Among the 30 scientists is Dr. Patrick John Y. Lim who represented the Philippines. He is the current Chair of the Chemistry Department of the University of San Carlos in Cebu.

The result of two workshops was The Hague Ethical Guidelines which serve as a tool to assess existing ethical codes and inspire new ones in a way which is fully compatible with the aims of the CWC. It is also intended to build understanding between scientists and society, and among scientists themselves, about the culture and practice of responsible science.

The initiative for the drafting of the guidelines for chemical practitioners was initially put forward by Germany which was welcomed by the 19th Conference of the States Parties (CSP). During the 20th CSP, States Parties as well as the Secretariat and all relevant stakeholders were encouraged “to promote awareness of these guidelines and their possible application.”

Click here to read The Hague Ethical Guidelines.

RA Position for Development of Technology for Efficient Microalgae Production

Project Title: Development of Technology for Efficient Microalgae Production: Photobioreactor Design, Feed and High-value Metabolites
Project Leader: Fabian M. Dayrit, PhD
Project Venue: Ateneo de Manila University Department of Chemistry
Project Duration: Until Sept 2016

Qualifications:

  1. BS Chemistry degree
  2. Basic skills in chemical analysis and microbiology
  3. Preferably, background in simple electrical manipulations
  4. Good writing skills
  5. Has the initiative and willingness to learn new skills

For interested applicants, please email Dr. Toby Dayrit at fdayrit@ateneo.edu. Include CV and a list of 3 references.

Two Research Fellowships in Analytical Chemistry Skills Development

This refers to the Note by the Technical Secretariat, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), regarding the Two Research Fellowships in Analytical Chemistry Skills Development. The programme is organized by the Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (VERIFIN). The fellowships will be held at the VERIFIN Laboratory in Finland.

The programme is designed for relatively young chemists with relevant practical and theoretical experience in analytical chemistry/ bioanalysis or synthetic chemistry. The fellowships will be for a duration of six (6) months starting in the spring of 2016.

The Philippine National Authority on the Chemical Weapons Convention (PNA-CWC) Secretariat[1] would like you to recommend 1-2 qualified candidate/s, a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Specialistand/or a Synthetic Chemist, to attend the abovementioned programme. Given the purpose of the course, candidates will be carefully selected by the PNA-CWC Secretariat and the OPCW Technical Secretariat according to the following criteria:

NMR Specialist

  1. Have a practical experience in analytical chemistry, including sample preparation and analysis methods of compounds related to chemical weapons agents;
  2. Knowledgeable in both NMR spectroscopy and information technology;
  3. Have a practical experience with computers and basic software; and
  4. Have a good oral and written command of English.

Synthetic Chemist

  1. Should have a practical experience in organic synthesis and gas chromatography;
  2. Should be knowledgeable of organic reactions;
  3. Have a practical experience with computers and basic software; and
  4. Have a good oral and written command of English.

Applications from qualified female candidates are highly encouraged.

Two (2) candidates will be selected for the fellowships offered under this programme in two (2) phases:

  1. Pre-selection of the candidates will be made before 19 February 2016; and
  2. Final selection by the OPCW will be made before 29 February 2016.

In this context, it should be mentioned that VERIFIN will pre-select at least four (4) candidates for the fellowships, whose applications will be forwarded to the OPCW. The Director-General of the OPCW will select the research fellows to be supported by the OPCW, based on the recommendation of the Review Committee. Applications shall comply with the requirements of the OPCW Fellowship Programme, details of which are available on the OPCW website (www.opcw.org).

VERIFIN will provide tutors, equipment, and infrastructure free of charge; while the OPCW will cover travel-related expenses including airfare, accommodation, daily allowances, and medical insurance.

The recommended candidate is invited to complete the Application Form (ANNEX A) and submit it to the PNA-CWC Secretariat (by email to pna.secretariat@gmail.com) no later than 04 February 2016. The Application Form must be accompanied by the following requirements:

  1. Up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  2. Essay (NOT exceeding 300 words) outlining the objectives the candidate wishes to achieve and the type of work experience he/she hopes to acquire during the period of the fellowship;
  3. Recommendation letter from the supervisor of the candidate at the institution where he/she is currently working, indicating how the training will be of benefit to the candidate’s present position, institution, and country; and
  4. Scanned copy of the personal identification page of the applicant’s valid passport.

The Secretariat will provide a Letter of Endorsement in order to be eligible to apply for the programme. Incomplete requirements or insufficiently detailed applications will not be considered by the PNA-CWC Secretariat.

Should there be queries or clarifications on this programme, the contact person is Ms. Nazrin Camille D. Castro at email address castro.nazrin@gmail.com.

Click here to download the Application Form.