New IUPAC President – Enhorabuena, Javier!

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  • Published Date: 01 January 2022
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The General Assembly of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has elected Javier García-Martínez, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Alicante, Spain, President for the 2022–2023 biennium. This is the first time that a person from a Spanish-speaking country has held this position. Javier has, so far, been a member of the IUPAC Executive Committee, Bureau, and Vice-President of its Inorganic Chemistry Division. He has been heavily involved in some of the main activities of the Union, such as the International Year of Chemistry (2011), the International Year of the Periodic Table (2019), and more recently the Organizational Structure Review (2019-2021). Javier García-Martínez succeeds Christopher M.A. Brett, Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Coimbra in Portugal.

Professor Ehud Keinan, President of the Israel Chemical Society, has been elected IUPAC President-elect. On January 1st, 2024, he will become IUPAC’s 41st President. GDCh Executive Director Professor Wolfram Koch was elected IUPAC Treasurer 2022 to 2025.


Javier García-Martínez
studied chemistry at the University of Alicante, Spain, where he received his Ph.D. in 2000. From 2001 to 2003, he was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA. He founded Rive Technology, Monmouth Junction, NJ, USA, in 2006, an MIT spinoff commercializing nanomaterials for energy applications. Since 2012, the catalysts marketed by the company are used in several refineries around the world increasing fuel production and energy efficiency of the process. In 2019, W. R. Grace and Co. acquired Rive Technology, and now it commercializes the technology worldwide. Since 2009, Javier García-Martínez is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Director of the Molecular Nanotechnology Lab at the University of Alicante.

His research focuses on porous solids, nanomaterials, catalysis, photocatalysis, and energy production and storage.

Among many other honors, Javier García-Martínez has received the Kathryn C. Hach Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2017, the Emerging Researcher Award from the ACS in 2015, the Rey Jaime I Award in 2014, and the European Young Chemist Award from the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) in 2006. He is a member of the World Economic Forum, the Global Young Academy, and a Fellow of both the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Selected Publications by Javier García-Martínez

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