International Conference on Natural Products 2013

For the year 2013, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) has been given the honour to host the International Conference on Natural Products 2013 (ICNP 2013), which will be held on 4-6 March 2013 in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. On behalf of Faculty of Applied Sciences, and Atta-ur-Rahman Research Institute for Natural Product Discovery, Universiti Teknologi
MARA together with Malaysian Natural Products Society (MNPS), it gives us great pleasure to invite you and your colleagues to participate in ICNP2013 which is an annual event of MNPS.

The theme of the ICNP2013 is Science and Nature with the following relevant research topics:

  • Ethnobotany and ethnopharmacology of medicinal plants
  • Advances in spectroscopy for structure identification of natural product
  • Chromatography and separation science
  • Discovery of lead compounds for drug development
  • Synthesis of bio-active molecules
  • Computational and structure-function studies
  • Biological activities, pharmacology and toxicology of natural products
  • Pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry
  • Analysis and development of herbal products
  • New technology platforms in natural product research
  • Microbial metabolites as a new source of pharmaceuticals

This conference will be attended by most natural product scientists fromall over Malaysia as well as many other countries. Please visit the conference website for more information:

Calling for Nomination of FACS Awards 2013

Dear FACS Member Societies:

I am reminding you that FACS is now receiving the recommendations of the possible candidates for the FACS Awards and FACS Citations from member societies. The deadline is extended to March 31, 2013.

I would like to inform you that the Federation of Asian Chemical Society will be presenting the following Awards at the 15th Asian Chemical Congress (15ACC) that will be held in Singapore, from August 20-23, 2013. So far, I have received only one recommendation from Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies.


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UNESCO IYCr 2014 Open Lab

UNESCO IYCr 2014 Open Lab

7-3 December 2014
Venue: TBA


As you may be aware 2014 has been designated as the International Year of Crystallography. On behalf of UNESCO and the International Union of Crystallography I would like to invite several young Philippino scientists to attend the upcoming Open Lab on chemical crystallography that we will hold in Hong Kong in December 3-7.

The workshop is free and I will also waive accommodation fees for Philippine participants. There is also a limited budget to provide bursaries for travel support. 

This will serve as a workshop or tutorial school on the technique of single crystal X-ray diffraction. The idea is to give them experience of the powerful analytical tool for organic and inorganic chemistry, and also an opportunity to meet other young scientists from around the region.  If they would like to bring samples from your research for study we will be happy to work with them on this.

The attached files also contain a Registration Form as well as some initial information about the workshop. Please feel free to contact me for more details if required. Space on  the workshop is limited, but I am happy to guarantee one space to a participant from your department, and with one reserve, depending on how other registrations proceed over the next month. Although the course is aimed at young scientists we would like the participants from Philippines to already hold an academic appointment, to best ensure the value of the training is maintained within your university system.

Ian Williams
Professor of Chemistry
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Chair IYCr2014 Open Lab Hong Kong  

PS: The course is now 50% subscribed and there are about 15 places left; if anyone is interested please have them apply to me as soon as possible.


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Sampling for Chemical Analysis

Sampling for Chemical Analysis
Facilitated by: Edgar F. Paski, Ph.D.

April 26, 2013 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Venue: Social Hall, PNP, EDSA cor. Bonny Serrano

Workshop objectives

To give participants an understanding of the critical influence of sampling on the quality of analytical results, especially for geological, environmental, and agricultural materials. Participants will gain familiarity with the principal topics covered in the Eurachem / CITAC Guide: Measurement Uncertainty Arising from Sampling (2007).

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2013 Children’s On-the-Spot Poster Making Competition

A Better Life with Chemistry
Children’s On-the-Spot Poster Making Competition

February 11, 2013 8:00-12:00
Venue: TBA


As we celebrate the Chemistry Week on 11-17 February 2013, the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies in cooperation with ten Philippine Universities is holding the third Children On-the-Spot Poster Making Competition on the theme “A better life with Chemistry”. This contest will highlight children’s view of the role of chemistry in our life. This is the first time this activity will be conducted nationwide. This activity aims to contribute to a greater public interest in and appreciation of chemistry, particularly among the youth.

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Preparing Your Institutional Chemical Safety Manual Training Workshop

The Integrated Chemists of the Philippines
is pleased to invite you to attend the 2-day
Continuing Professional Education Training-Workshop on:

Preparing Your Institutional Chemical Safety Manual

Venue: Makati Palace Hotel, Makati City
Date: February 11-12, 2013

A Safety Policy needs a Safety Manual.

The ICP is pleased to invite you to this two-day training workshop which teach and assist participants on the preparation of their institution’s chemical safety manual. This training workshop will discuss regulatory requirements on safety and the benefits of having a manual. Each participant will conduct a chemical safety gap analysis in order to determine the status of their own institution regarding their safety practices, documentation and infrastructure.

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The Chemistry Department: Xavier University-Ateneo De Cagayan

Xavier University- (XU) Ateneo de Cagayan is a Jesuit institution situated in the city of bloom, blossom and boom—Cagayan de Oro City. Founded in 1933 by Fr. James T.G. Hayes, S.J., the first Bishop and Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro, its measly population of 17 students ballooned to the present day enrolment of 16,000, an authentication of the Jesuit’s commitment to excellence in education. XU’s mission of forming men and women of competence, conscience and commitment has made this Jesuit academic institution to serve robustly and imaginatively the pressing needs of Mindanao.


The College of Arts and Science of XU is one of the few institutions in Mindanao which offers the BS Chemistry program under the Chemistry department since the year 1982. Just this year, the BS Chemistry program has been granted Level IV accreditation–the highest possible level from the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). With university becoming more competitive in terms of its faculty and facilities, XU’s Chemistry is coping with the trends and demands of the field of chemistry. Many of its faculty members are now masters and doctoral degree graduates from top schools in the country like the Ateneo de Manila University as well as universities overseas.

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The strength of the Department’s research effort is illustrated with the recent upgrades of its research facilities. The department has acquired the high-end instruments including Gas Chromatograph, High Performance Liquid Chromatograph, Atomic Absorption Spectrometer, UV-Vis Spectrophotometer and electrochemical instruments both for its undergraduate Chemistry program, faculty researches and for the external analyses accepted by the department through the CEARS – Center for Environmental and Analytical Research and Services.

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In addition to this recent instrumentation upgrade which offers undergraduate students a huge range of resources and facilities, XU Chemistry Department has an eye to be granted the Center of Development (COD) and eventually the Center of Excellence (COE) status in Chemistry in the very near future.


PACS Brings Back Junior Chemistry Congress

The Junior Chemistry Congress 2012, organized by the Philippine Association of Chemistry Students, Incorporated, was held September 29, 2012 at the Chemrez Room, Institute of Chemistry, National Science Complex, University of the Philippines Diliman.

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