In commemoration of the centenary celebration of IUPAC and the 2019 International Year of the Periodic Table, which marks the 150th Anniversary of Mendeleev’s periodic table of the Chemical elements, IUPAC and the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN) embarked on a project of creating a Special Periodic Table of Younger Chemists.
Beginning in July 2018 and ending in July 2019, a diverse group of 118 outstanding younger chemists from around the world were honoured with slots on the periodic table. The resulting periodic table highlighted the diversity of careers, creativity, and dedication of the young chemists leading this community into the next century. Each ‘Young Chemist Element’ is profiled on the IUPAC100 website (iupac.org).
Elements were revealed over time in order of scientific discovery. They were announced monthly at various chemistry events, many being IUPAC endorsed conferences throughout the period. Approximately eight elements were revealed each month beginning in July 2018 with the final elements being revealed during the IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in Paris, France on 9th July 2019. Dr. Marian A. Nkansah of the Department of Chemistry was selected and profiled to represent element 60, Neodymium on the special periodic table in recognising of her work which supports SDGS 3 and 6 as well as her science outreach and advocacy.
Congratulations to Dr. Marian A. Nkansah. The College of Science, KNUST is proud of you!.