The universal adoption of an agreed nomenclature is a key tool for efficient communication in the chemical sciences, in industry and for regulations associated with import/export or health and safety. IUPAC provides recommendations on many aspects of nomenclature. The basics of organic nomenclature, of inorganic nomenclature and polymer nomenclature are summarized in a collection of Brief Guides accessible below. These compilations are coordinated by the Division of Chemical Nomenclature and Structure Representation (Division VIII).
|Organic Nomenclature||Inorganic Nomenclature||Polymer Nomenclature|
A Brief Guide to the Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry was first published in PAC 92(3), pp. 527-539 (2020) <https://doi.org/10.1515/pac-2019-0104>. An update was released in June 2021 [PDF]; see relevant project here for updates and translations.
A Brief Guide to the Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry was first published in PAC 87(9-10), 1039-1049 (2015) <https://dx.doi.org/10.1515/pac-2014-0718>. An update was released in Nov 2017 [PDF]; see relevant project here for updates and translations.
A Brief Guide to Polymer Nomenclature has been published in PAC 84(10), pp. 2167-2169 (2012); https://doi.org/10.1351/PAC-REP-12-03-05. A two-sided PDF document is readily available for reprint; see relevant project here for updates and translations.
Comprehensive details can be found in the IUPAC Color Books (the Blue Book for nomenclature of organic chemistry; the Red Book for inorganic compounds, and the Purple Book for polymers). An overall summary of chemical nomenclature can be found in Principles of Chemical Nomenclature. A 4-page Concise Summary of Quantities, Units, and Symbols in Physical Chemistry, is available as part of the IUPAC Green Book.
Check each project page for updates and translations; see also https://www.qmul.ac.uk/sbcs/iupac/.