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The Chemical Society Located in Taipei (CSLT) was established in Nanjing in 1932 and reestablished in Taiwan in 1950 with the following objectives:

  • To have joining efforts of domestic and international chemists on promoting chemical science in academic research as well as the practice of chemistry in our daily life;
  • To promote the quality of chemical education in Taiwan;
  • To care about the economic development, industrial safety, health and environmental protection in Taiwan;
  • To promote social welfare in Taiwan.

In addition to the main office located at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, the society has four local chapters that are located in Kaohsiung, Taichung, Hsinchu, and Chiayi.

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At present, CSLT has over 2000 members. The society has eleven committees, namely the publication, membership, treasure, education, nomenclature, awards, international affairs, academia, chemistry and environment, chemistry and industry, and female task committees. Each committee has its mission. For example, the Award Committee will search for and select recipients for “Award for Academic Excellence”, “Award for Distinguished Contribution to Society”, “Award for Advanced Technology Contribution”, and “Outstanding Young Scholars Award”. It also nominates CSLT members to the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies for the above awards and the “Award for Distinguished Contribution to Advancement in Chemical Education” and “Award for Distinguished Contribution to Economic Advancement”. CSLT has been acting on behalf of several foundations to give “the Best Thesis Awards” in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical and analytical chemistry, biochemistry and innovative medicine, and applied chemistry, after selection by ad hoc committees each year. The award ceremony takes place during the Annual National Meeting. The society provides a platform to foster the relation between academic and industry sectors in Taiwan. The Annual National Meetings of CSLT (Table 1) are organized by universities or industrial research institutes, rotating around the Taiwan Island. The annual meeting constantly attracts over 2000 participants, recently from both academic and industrial sectors with more than 1000 paper presentations.

Table 1. A list of the recent Annual National Meetings of CSLT.
YearHost UniversityCity YearHost UniversityCity
2000Providence U.Salu, Taichung 2006Tamkang U.Tamsui, Hsinpei
2001National Cheng Kung U.Tainan 2007National Tsing Hua U.Hsinchu
2002Academia SinicaTaipei 2008National Changhua Educational U.Changhua
2003Chung Yuan Christian U.Chungli, Taoyuan 2009I-Shou U.Kaohsiung
2004National Chung Hsing U.Taichung 2010National Taiwan U.Taipei
2005National Sun Yet-sun U.Kaohsiung 2011National Tsing Hua U.Hsinchu

CSLT publishes two important journals periodically, Journal of the Chinese Chemical Society and Chemistry.

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Both journals received Outstanding Periodical Awards from the Ministry of Education. Journal of the Chinese Chemical Society (JCCS; see journal cover), founded by The Chemical Society Located in Taipei, is the oldest bimonthly chemical journal in Taiwan and had published fifty-seven volumes by the end of 2010. JCCS has been included in the Science Citation Index (SCI) for more than 21 years, and it will soon be published in close collaboration with Wiley-VCH. Chemistry, another periodical, is published in Chinese and is free for CSLT members. It serves as a media not only providing valuable up-to-date information in chemistry but also information regarding the future activities of the society and international academic activities for the members. The society also selects “The Best Articles of the Year” for each periodical and gives the awards in the National Meeting.

International Activities

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  3. IYC 2011, Mobile Lab in Action and Madame Marie Curie Chemistry Camp

CSLT joined IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) as a member in 1959 and FACS (Federation of Asian Chemical Society) in 1984. The society has been actively involved in many international activities by hosting or co-hosting international chemical conferences and related activities. The International Chemical Conference, Taipei (ICCT) has been organized solely by CSLT since 1977 and is basically held in every other year to provide a forum for domestic and international scholars to showcase their cutting-edge chemistry and active interaction among them. Each ICCT has a main theme. A list of recent ones is shown in Table 2. The society had hosted the International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry (ICOMC-24/IUPAC), International Conference on Chemical Education (ICCE-21/IUPAC), and co-hosted ISCOC-11, ISCIC-8, ICCEOCA-5, and many others in 2010 and participated in PacifiChem 2010. CSLT will co-host the 2011 Catalysis and Fine Chemicals (C&FC) meeting in Nara, Japan in December. There will be more international conferences hosted or co-hosted by CSLT in the future in reflection to the society’s enthusiasm in the international chemistry-related affairs.

Table 2. A list of the recent International Chemical Conferences, Taipei (ICCT).
YearThemeHost University and Location
8th ICCT (2001)Materials ChemistryNational Taiwan University, Taipei
9th ICCT (2003)Analytical ChemistryNational Taiwan University, Taipei
10th ICCT (2005)Synthetic ChemistryNational Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu
11th ICCT (2007)Frontiers in Materials and CatalysisNational Taiwan Normal University, Hsinchu (Joining in the Annual National Meeting)
12th ICCT (2008)Analytical ChemistryNational Taiwan University, Taipei
13th ICCT (2010)Chemical EducationNational Taiwan Normal University, Taipei (Joining in the 21st International Conference on Chemical Education/IUPAC)

CSLT is keen to establish cooperation with other chemical societies around the world. Memoranda of Understanding with American Chemical Society, Korean Chemical Society, and Royal Australian Chemical Society have been established. Although an MoU is not signed with other chemical societies in the neighboring countries at the current stage, CSLT has active interactions with them such as by inviting their members to Annual National Meetings or special occasions. Professor Akira Suzuki, Nobel Laureate 2010, was invited to deliver a lecture to the CSLT members and students at National Tsing Hua University in July 2011 (Figure 1), for instance. It was an honor that CSLT was able to assist the IUPAC Executive Committee when they decided to have a Meeting in Taipei in October 2010. (Figure 2).

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Figure 1. Professor Akira Suzuki delivered a lecture at National Tsing Hua University in July 2011 (photo courtesy of Prof. Minoru Isobe and Mrs. Kiyoko Isobe).

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Figure 2. IUPAC Executive Committee Meeting in Taipei. A group photo of Dr. Nicole J. Moreau (President), Dr. Kazuyuki Tatsumi (President-elect), Dr. Jung-Il Jin (Past-President), Dr. John Corish, Dr. David StC. Black, Dr. Anders Kaller, Dr. Elsa Reichmanis, Dr. Terry Renner (IUPAC Executive Director), Fabienne Meyers (IUPAC Associate Director), Dr. Wennet Pan (President of CSLT), and Council Members of CSLT after the reception dinner hosted by CSLT (photo courtesy of Dr. Mei-Hung Chiu).

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IYC 2011, Mobile Lab in Action and Madame Marie Curie Chemistry Camp

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  2. International Activities
  3. IYC 2011, Mobile Lab in Action and Madame Marie Curie Chemistry Camp

To celebrate the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011), a brand new mobile lab was built on a Mitsubishi Canter 3.5T and fully equipped to perform experiments and chemistry shows with the theme of IYC 2011 “Chemistry—Our Life, Our Future”. The new Chemistry in Action Mobile Lab and the electricity generators that were used during the performances use biodiesel fuel, which substantially reduces the impact on the environmental pollution. The aim of “Mobile Lab in Action” is to make chemistry fun by in-lab demonstrations and experiments, and introduces the basic concepts of chemistry to high school students in various towns and counties around Taiwan. The official web site for this activity is http://iyc2011.tku.edu.tw/.

In addition to Mobile Lab in Action, CSLT also organized a Madame Marie Curie Chemistry Camp during July 17–22 to celebrate IYC 2011 and promote chemical education in Taiwan. Some 132 students were selected from a huge application field to attend this activity. Prof. Yuan Y.-T. Lee (Figure 3), Nobel Laureate 1986 and President of the International Council for Scientific Union (ICSU), Prof. Chi-Huey Wong, President of Academia Sinica, and Prof. Akira Suzuki, Nobel Laureate 2010, were invited to give lectures to the students. Several Academicians and CEO’s of chemistry related companies in Taiwan were also invited to give lectures to the students. This activity provided an overview on the history of chemistry, research techniques, chemistry in industry, and the contribution of chemistry in our daily life. Besides lecture activities, hands-on activities through in-lab demonstrations and experiments were provided to the students to give them experience in fun chemistry.

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Figure 3. Professor Yuan Y.-T. Lee, Nobel Laureate 1986 and President of ICSU, delivered a lecture to high school students at the Madame Marie Curie Chemistry Camp. The title of his lecture is “Learning, Conducting, and Innovating Science from Madame Curie’s experience” (photo courtesy of Madame Marie Curie Chemistry Camp).

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The CSLT has been actively involved in Chemistry–An Asian Journal activities to promote the journal′s objectives, ever since becoming one of the co-owner societies of the journal in 2006. The involvement of CSLT members in the publication on Chemistry–An Asian Journal is evident in that, for example, Professor Tien-Yau Luh published his work in the Volume 1, Issue 1, of Chemistry–An Asian Journal and Professor Chi-Huey Wong published his work in the third issue of the same volume (see Table 3). More and more manuscripts from CSLT members have been submitted to Chemistry–An Asian Journal. This journal has received international attention ever since it was launched and becomes an important journal for chemistry in the world as judged by its growing Impact Factor. With the excellent Editorial Board and managing team of Wiley-VCH as well as the endeavors of the co-owner societies, it is expected that Chemistry–An Asian Journal and the co-owner societies will become more and more visible in the global chemistry community.

Table 3. The CSLT members who had multiple publications in Chemistry–An Asian Journal.
Principal AuthorsAffiliation
  1. [a] Member of the International Advisory Board. [b] Member of the Editorial Board.

Wong, Chi-Huey[a]Academia Sinica
Luh, Tien-Yau[b]National Taiwan University
Chou, Pi-TaiNational Taiwan University
Cheng, Chien-HongNational Tsing Hua University
Chi, YunNational Tsing Hua University
Shu, Ching-FongNational Chao Tung University

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Chien-Hong Cheng

President, Chemical Society Located in Taipei

Professor and Vice-President, National Tsing Hua University

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Ling-Kang Liu

Secretary General, Chemical Society Located in Taipei

Professor, Academia Sinica

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Biing-Jiun Uang

Chairman, Committee on Academia Affairs, Chemical Society Located in Taipei

Professor, National Tsing Hua University