Ehud Keinan Becomes New IUPAC President

Ehud Keinan Becomes New IUPAC President

Author: ChemistryViews

The General Assembly of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has elected Ehud Keinan, Benno Gitter and Ilana Ben Ami Professor of Chemistry, Technion, Haifa, Israel, President of the Israel Chemical Society (ICS), and Editor-in-Chief of the Israel Journal of Chemistry, President for the 2024–2025 biennium. He succeeds Javier García-Martínez, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Alicante, Spain.


Ehud Keinan studied chemistry at Tel Aviv University, Israel, and received his M.Sc. from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, in 1972, and his Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, under the supervision of Yehuda Mazur in 1977. After a postdoctoral period at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, with B. M. Trost from 1977 to 1980, he held a position as Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute from 1980 to 1989. He has served on the Technion’s faculty since 1989. From 1991 to 2013, Keinan served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and at the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA. He became Professor of Chemistry at Technion in 1995.

Ehud Keinan was Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry at Technion in 2004–2005. He is the Founder and first Head of the Institute of Catalysis Science and Technology (ICST) at Technion and founded two startup companies. Keinan served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Sciences, GTIIT, Guangdong, China, in 2015–2016, and holds a Distinguished Visiting Chair at the Academia Sinica, Taiwan, since 2020. He was a Member of the Executive Board of EuChemS from 2012 to 2015.

Ehud Keinan’s research interests include biocatalysis with antibodies and synthetic enzymes, organic synthesis, molecular computing, supramolecular chemistry, peroxide-based explosives, and drug discovery. He also is a writer and activist focusing on science education, higher education, public policy on energy, and the chemical industry.

Among many other honors, Keinan received the New England Award for Academic Excellence in 1990, the NIH Shannon Award in 1992, the CapCure Award in 1995, the Hershel Rich Innovation Award in 2001, the Technion Prize for Security Technologies in 2004, the Henri Taub Prize for Academic Excellence in 2006, and the 2020 Award of Service from EuChemS. Since 2010, he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and since 2021, a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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