Analytical Chemistry Division


Analytical chemistry is a scientific discipline that develops and applies methods, instruments, and strategies to obtain information on the composition and nature of matter in space and time, as well as on the value of these measurements, i.e., their uncertainty, validation, and/or traceability to fundamental standards.

The Analytical Chemistry Division in the IUPAC catalyzes interactions between the scientific community and users of analytical methodology and data, and beneficiaries of analytical results, such as international organizations (IAEA, OECD, WHO), accreditation bodies (ISO), standards bodies (BIPM, NIST), chemical societies, and society.

The interactions are catalyzed by taking input, such as literature data, information about sources, inconsistent nomenclature, newly developed or modified methods and techniques, and scientific misinformation, and performing harmonization of nomenclature, critical evaluation of data and methodology, formulation of guidelines for correct usage of data and methodology, and promotion of analytical chemistry to society in general. Areas of interest include: General aspects of analytical chemistry, separation methods, spectrochemical methods, electrochemical methods, nuclear chemistry methods, applications to human health and the environment.

Areas of Interest
General aspects of analytical chemistry, separation methods, spectrochemical methods, electrochemical methods, nuclear chemistry methods, applications to human health and the environment.


Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference:

The goal of the Analytical Chemistry Division is the promotion of the principal branches of analytical chemistry. In many instances this is achieved in collaboration with other Divisions.

This includes the critical and comparative evaluation of established and emerging analytical methods, to enable analytical chemists to choose those best suited for specific applications.

These activities include:

  • harmonisation and proposal of rules for interlaboratory comparisons,
  • recommendations for sample collection, preparation, storage and handling,
  • the compilation of data used in analytical chemistry and their critical evaluation,
  • the definition of recommended methods and proper application of QC and QA procedures.

The Division encourages interactions between the basic and applied disciplines. Its work is currently focused on analytical methods and their applications, as follows:

1. General aspects of analytical chemistry. This includes all matters relating to terminology in analytical chemistry, chemometrics, figures of merit, quality assurance, and fundamental data including those for solubility and chemical equilibria.

2. Separation methods. This includes the development of critical guidelines, definition of terms, and recommendations for the operation of analytical separation methods.

3. Spectrochemical methods. This includes the critical assessment of spectrochemical methods of analysis involving electromagnetic radiation and compilation of fundamental data.

4. Mass spectrometric methods for elemental and molecular analysis.

5. Electrochemical methods. This includes the critical assessment of electroanalytical methods. Recommendations for standardisation and measurement procedures, development of critical guidelines, compilation of essential data and assessment of terminology are considered.

6. Nuclear chemistry methods. This includes analytical methods based on the measurement of isotopes and isotope ratios, and radiochemical methods and their applications.

Subcommittees and Commissions

Meeting Minutes

Activity Reports

Report to Council 2008 – 2009 (PDF)


Teamwork, the Analytical  Chemistry Division Newsletter

Moore, D., “Analytical Chemistry – A Discipline at the Heart of IUPAC,”  Chemistry International, Vol. 24, No. 4, p. 17, July 2002. (PDF)

Electronic Resources:

“Orange Book” online

IUPAC Stability Constants Database

IUPAC-NIST Solubility Database v1.1

Interest Groups:

  • Communication/Teamwork (Walter Lund)
  • Critical evaluation of data
  • Electronic resources for IUPAC terminology work (Brynn Hibbert)
  • Emerging analytical issues (Ryszard Lobinski)
  • Metrology
  • The analytical potential of nuclear techniques (Zhifang Chai)