Our Leadership

The Officers of the Union consist of the President, the Vice-President, the Past-President, the Secretary General, and the Treasurer. The President is the administrative head of the Union, and presides at the meetings of the Council, of the Bureau, and of the Executive Committee and is an ex officio member of all bodies of the Union. The President is responsible for reporting the State of the Union to each regular meeting of the Council.

The Vice-President is responsible for providing the Bureau with a critical assessment of the programs and the projects of all IUPAC bodies. The Vice-President, designated as President-Elect, shall assume the office of President in the event of the President being unable to perform the functions of that office without prejudice to the forthcoming period of office as President.

The Secretary General carries out the business of the Union as specified by the Council, by the Bureau, by the Executive Committee, or by the President, and is responsible for keeping its records and for the administration of the Secretariat.

The Treasurer is responsible for the accounts of the Union, prepares a budget for approval of the Bureau and the Council, approves expenditures from the funds of the Union, and, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee, and is responsible for the investment and custody of the funds of the Union. The Treasurer ensures that an appropriate record of all financial authorities and transactions is maintained.

[Past Officers]

Professor Christopher M.A. Brett (Portugal), IUPAC President

Professor Christopher M.A. Brett (Portugal)

Professor Christopher Brett holds MA and DPhil degrees from the University of Oxford, UK.
Prior to his election as Vice President at the 49th Council Meeting in São Paulo, Brazil he was an Elected Member of the Bureau and Member of the Executive Committee of the Bureau (2012-2015; 2016-2019).
As Vice President, he Chaired the Evaluation Committee (2016-2019), was a member of the Membership Relations Committee (2012-2017) and member of the IUPAC Centenary Planning Steering Group. He was President of the Division of Physical and Biophysical Chemistry (2006-2007), a member of the Committee on Chemistry Education, and was member of the Electrochemistry Commission from 1994, chair in 2000-2001. He is a member of the Interdivisional Committee on Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development, having been on the Green Chemistry Sub-committee since its foundation in 2002.

He is currently Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Coimbra, Portugal and Director of the Laboratory for Electroanalysis and Corrosion, Instituto Pedro Nunes, the interface between the University of Coimbra and the business and industrial sector. He was President of the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Portuguese Chemical Society in 1996-1999 and 2003-2005, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and Chartered Chemist. He was President of the International Society of Electrochemistry, an IUPAC Associated Organisation, from 2007-2008.

His research interests lie in the broad area of materials and electrochemistry, sensing and biosensing on which he has published nearly 300 scientific papers. He is the co-author of a widely-known and successful textbook on electrochemistry for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Prof. Brett spends much of his ever-shrinking spare time to music, as a complement to his scientific activity.

Professor Christopher M.A. Brett (Portugal)

Professor Richard M. Hartshorn (New Zealand), Secretary General

Professor Richard M. Hartshorn (New Zealand)

Professor Richard Hartshorn holds a BSc degree with first class honours from the University of Canterbury and a PhD from The Australian National University. Prior to his re-election as Secretary General at the 50th General Assembly meeting in Paris, France 2019, he has served as an Elected Member of Bureau (2014-2015), the Chair of the Evaluation Committee (2014-2015), Past President, Division of Chemical Nomenclature and Structure Representation (2014-2015), President, Division of Chemical Nomenclature and Structure Representation (2010-2013), Vice President, Division of Chemical Nomenclature and Structure Representation (2007-2009), Committee for Chemical Education (2006 - present), and the New Zealand Representative to IUPAC Council 2009, 2011, 2013. He was recently elected to the Executive Committee of CODATA (https://www.codata.org/)

Professor Hartshorn is currently a Professor of Chemistry in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences of the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry. He was elected Secretary General for 2016-2019 by Council at the 48th General Assembly in Busan, Korea 13 August 2015.
His research group works in the area of applying the coordination chemistry of dinuclear and heterodinuclear systems to problems in biological chemistry, and he has a long-standing interest in nomenclature and new ways of systematically naming and representing chemical compounds. He has been heavily involved in school and community education, through establishment of a science outreach program at UC, and is the Chair of Trust Board for the National Science-Technology Roadshow (https://www.roadshow.org/index.php), and for many years was a Board member of Science Alive! (https://www.sciencealive.co.nz/).
Professor Hartshorn devotes much of his spare time to coaching cricket, and often has a sore arm and shoulder from throwing cricket balls at his sons. He was a New Zealand U19 cricket representative and is a qualified cricket coach.

Professor Richard M. Hartshorn (New Zealand)

Mr. Colin Humphris (UK), Treasurer

Mr. Colin Humphris (UK)

Mr. Colin Humphris is currently IUPAC Treasurer, having been re-elected at the 50th Council in Paris, France 2019 for a four year term. Prior to his election as Treasurer for 2016-2019, Colin served as Secretary General 2014-2015, Bureau 2014-2017 and Executive Committee 2014-2015.

Mr. Humphris had a 33-year career at British Petroleum (BP), initially as a University Apprentice and graduating with a degree in Applied Chemistry. He worked initially on material science research but then broadened his career with periods in international business policy, planning and finance. He held leadership positions in business technology management for Specialty Chemicals and then for Polyethylene process technology. He was a business manager of an oil additives subsidiary of BP and later for the Low Density Polyethylene business. During this time he benefited from training in business leadership and administration including programs run at IMD Lausanne, at Stanford University and Harvard University.

He left BP in 2003 to represent the Chemicals Industry in Brussels, Belgium where he was responsible for industry funded research programs on health, safety and the environment (LRI) and the creation of the now well-known European program on sustainable chemistry, SUSCHEM.

He has been active in IUPAC’s Committee on Chemistry and Industry (COCI) for 10 years from 2003, first as a titular member and then spent 4 years as COCI Secretary. He organized the World Chemistry Leadership Meetings in Turin, Italy for chemical regulation and in San Juan, Puerto Rico for sustainability. During the 2011 International Year of Chemistry (IYC) he represented industry on the Management Committee and was responsible to the Executive Committee for the IYC Global Water Experiment.

Mr. Colin Humphris (UK)

Professor Javier García-Martínez (Spain), IUPAC Vice President/President-Elect

Professor Javier García-Martínez (Spain)

Javier García-Martínez is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Director of the Molecular Nanotechnology Laboratory of the University of Alicante (UA,) where he leads an international team working on the synthesis and application of nanostructured materials for the production of chemicals and energy.

Javier is President-Elect (President for the biennium 2022-2023) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, IUPAC. Previously, he served as member of the Executive Committee and as Vice-President of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry.

Professor García-Martínez is the founder of the technology-based company Rive Technology, which markets the technology he developed during his Fulbright postdoctoral stay at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since 2012, the catalysts that Rive Technology sells are used in several refineries, significantly increasing fuel production and the energy efficiency of the process. In 2019, W. R. GRACE acquired Rive Technology. In June 2014, Javier was awarded the King Jaime I Award in his category of New Technologies and in 2015 received the Emerging Researcher Award from the American Chemical Society. In the summer of 2017, he was recognized by the American Chemical Society with the Kathryn C. Hach Award as the best US entrepreneur in the chemical sector. Javier is a member of the Council of Emerging Technologies and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, of the Global Young Academy, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Since 2019, Javier has served as the Rafael del Pino Distinguished Professor in Alicante, Spain.

Professor Javier García-Martínez (Spain)

Professor Qi-Feng Zhou (China/Beijing), IUPAC Past President

Professor Qi-Feng Zhou (China/Beijing)

Professor Qi-Feng Zhou holds a BS degree from Peking University, MS and PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst USA.

Prior to his election as Vice President at the 48th Council Meeting in Busan, Korea he was an Elected Member of the Bureau and Member of the Executive Committee of the Bureau (2010-2013; 2014-2017). As Past President, Prof. Zhou chairs the Membership Relations Committee, the IUPAC-Solvay International Young Chemists Award Committee, and the IUPAC Committee for International Science Council (ISC-formerly ICSU).

He served as the executive dean of the Graduate School of Peking University for 6 years, and the Director General of the Office of Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council and Director General of Department of Postgraduate Education of the Ministry of Education. He has received national and ministerial awards in recognition of his significant contributions.

Prof. Zhou has served as vice president of the Chinese Chemical Society since 2010 and is the former President of Jilin University and Peking University. As Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor Zhou has been deeply involved in the study of liquid crystalline polymers with 200+ papers and books, including a textbook on liquid crystalline polymers published by World Scientific Publishing Co.

Prof. Zhou devotes much of his time to social services in science, education and the popularization of chemistry.

Professor Qi-Feng Zhou (China/Beijing)