Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS)
 
Print this page

FACS and Its 25th Anniversary A Review of its Progress 1987-2004



Barry N Noller1, T H Spurling2 and M Mohinder Singh3

1. National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology, The University of Queensland, Coopers Plains, Queensland 4108 Australia
2. Industrial Research Institute Swinburne, Swinburne University of Technology, P.O. Box 218 Hawthorn Victoria 3122 Australia
3. P.O. Box 48, 46700 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan Malaysia

Introduction
Objectives and Statutes
Administration
Activities
FACS International Relations
The next 25 years
References

Lists of FACS Fellows, Officials, Awardees and Activities 1979-2004

Introduction

The Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS) was inaugurated 25 years ago with the general objective of promoting the advancement of chemistry and the interests of professional chemists in the Asia Pacific region. It has achieved that objective through its many activities and is looking forward to the next 25years.

It was on 15th August 1979 that the eleven founding member societies unanimously accepted the proposed Statutes.

The founding member societies were:

1. Royal Australian Chemical Institute 
2. Hong Kong Chemical Society
3. Indian Chemical Society
4. Iraqi Chemical Society 
5. Korean Chemical Society
6. Malaysian Chemical Institute
7. Integrated Chemists of the Philippines
8. Singapore National Institute of Chemistry
9. Institute of Chemistry Ceylon
10. Indonesian Chemical Society
11. Chemical Society of Thailand

There are now twenty six member societies.

A detailed historical account of the FACS from its inauguration in 1979 - 1987 was prepared by Dr M Mohinder Singh and included in the book 20th Century Chemistry in Asia compiled and edited by Professor D P Chakraborty (published in 1989). The historical account was updated by Dr M Mohinder Singh (1987) to include activities undertaken in 1987. These reviews covered the roles of Administration of the general Assembly and Executive Committee (EXCO), activities associated with Working Groups, the introduction of the Biennial Asian Chemical Congress with the 1st Asian Chemical Congress (1ACC) at Singapore in 1985, FACS Foundation Award in 1987 and joint projects with other organisations and associated projects.

The account presented here covers the period 1989-2004 and follows the earlier historical review. A summary of office bearers, awardees and activities is given in the Table.

The 26th society joined in 2001. However not all societies have remained as financial members due to internal problems or lack of financial stability. Those societies that have become un-financial are now relegated to observers after 3 years.

TOP

Objectives and Statutes

The objectives of the FACS are included in the Statutes. A review of the statutes was made during the period 1989-91 at which time they were streamlined. In particular specific changes were made and incorporated at the 6th General Assembly in Beijing August 1991 as follows:

  • A simpler description of name and nature of organisation.
  • General objective to promote professional values and not detract from autonomy of member societies.
  • Introduction of Individual membership and election of fellows.
  • The Biennial general Assembly was replaced by the Council which could meet annually.
  • The EXCO was streamlined to comprise president Past-President president-Elect, Chairman of Publications, Co-ordinator of Projects and Secretary-General and Treasurer.
  • Introduction of annual subscription for member societies, decided by the Council.
  • The Statutes allowed for the award of Fellow FACS and a variety of awards as determined by the Council.

Following the adoption of these changes in 1991 the FACS statutes remained unchanged until the 12th General Assembly at Hanoi in 2003 approved two modifications:

  • That the holding of an annual Council meeting was repealed. Only a couple of Council meetings were held in the alternate year that the Biennial General Assembly was held. There were a number of attempted meetings which devolved to EXCO meetings. The streamlined EXCO had operated to the satisfaction of all members and it was felt that there was no need for an annual Council meeting.
  • That an FACS Foundation could be established.

Following 1991 it became evident that the FACS needed to have an Operations Manual to give guidance to successive member societies who intended to take on running the of the Secretariat and to accumulate procedures developed by EXCO and endorsed by Council. By 1997 a draft Operations Manual was prepared and accepted by Council. This in 2003 has now been streamlined to incorporate procedures for awards, Asian Chemical Congress, General Assembly, EXCO meetings, rules for projects, non-paying member societies etc. It is now possible to identify where gaps remain in procedures.

TOP

Administration

Biennial General Assembly

The General Assembly continues to be the governing body of the FACS and has held regularly since 1979 and in conjunction with the ACC since the first ACC (1ACC) was held in Singapore in 1985. The general assemblies have been well attended and have enabled the smooth running of the FACS to take place. In 2001 at Brisbane all but two member societies were represented. This included the then new member societies of Russia and Mongolia. The General Assemblies (GA) have been led by a series of capable and eminent presidents. The GA and presidents are listed in the Table. There have now been 14 Presidents and 14 General Assemblies. 

Council Meetings

Two Council meetings were held in the alternate years to the GA, namely,

Bangkok 14 December 1992, and
Singapore 6 December 1998.

Other Council meetings were devolved to EXCO meetings when there was an insufficient quorum.

Executive Committees (EXCOs)

The FACS has depended on the EXCO as the vehicle to run the FACS between General Assemblies. The role of the EXCO is set out in the Statutes. The term of EXCO is approximately 2 years. EXCO has been supported by a Secretariat attached to the member society/country holding the ACC and GA. EXCO has worked well for the FACS and is now up to its 45th meeting in 2004. The record of meetings is the minutes of the meeting. From 1993 onwards EXCO minutes have been included in the FACS Newsletter.

TOP

Activities

The Asian Chemical Congress (ACC)

During the first 5 years of activity the FACS General Assembly was held in conjunction with another local conference. In 1985 the decision was taken by the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry to organize and hold the First Asian Chemical Congress in conjunction with the 3rd General Assembly. Since that time the Asian Chemical Congress (ACC) has been held approximately every 2 years and has grown in stature to become a significant regional scientific conference and the premier regional Chemistry congress. As award lectures were introduced they were given prominence in the program. The ACC now regularly includes the high profile award lectures and lectures by Nobel Laureates. Activities of FACS projects have also become a regular inclusion in the programs of ACC's.

With the increasing prominence of ACC there has been a strong competitive element between member societies of the FACS in bidding for the holding of the ACC and running of the Secretariat. Whilst member societies from the more developed countries Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Taipei have secured bids to hold the ACC, the societies like those from the developing countries, Philippines and Vietnam have also been able to compete successfully. 

Clearly the ACC is an indicator of 25 years of successful regional development in Chemistry.

FACS Awards

The need to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of individuals in the chemical sciences in the Asia-Pacific region has been recognised by the FACS and a number of awards have been created. These awards have become key presentations at the ACC's.

The premier award of the FACS, the FACS Foundation Lectureship was first awarded at 2ACC in Seoul, Korea 1987. This award follows the sequence: Inorganic Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; Physical Chemistry; and Analytical Chemistry.

The Distinguished Young Chemists Award for an outstanding chemist under the age of 40 years was introduced in 1989 at 3ACC, Brisbane Australia. This award follows the sequence: Physical Chemistry; Analytical Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; and Inorganic Chemistry.

The Award for Distinguished Contribution to Economic Development was introduced in 1991 at 4ACC in Beijing, China to acknowledge people who have used chemistry to make a significant impact on the economy of their country and beyond in the region. 

The Citations for Contributions to Chemistry and the Chemical Profession were also introduced in 1991 at 4ACC to acknowledge service to the FACS and Chemistry. Up to 3 Citations may be awarded in any year.

The Award for Distinguished Contribution to Advancement in Chemical Education was introduced in 2003 at 10ACC Hanoi Vietnam.

A further Award for Distinguished Contribution to Advancement in Environmental Chemistry has been created but awaits final endorsement. It has been delayed largely because of the inability of the FACS to finance further awards. 

In addition to Past Presidents, the FACS Foundation Lectureship and Distinguished Contribution awardees are made Fellows of the FACS and use the post-nominal FFACS.

FACS Working Groups and Projects

Prior to 1991 the FACS had a number of Working Groups. These were:

Chemical Education
Chemistry & Environment
Professional Affairs
Food Chemistry
Instrumentation/ Asian Network for Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry
Chemistry & Industry
Book on Development of Chemistry in Asia

In addition a joint network between FACS and UNESCO, the Asian Network for Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry (ANAIC), was created in 1984. ANAIC was run jointly by Dr John Webb and Dr M Mohinder Singh and was a very successful network and helped many chemists in Asia to develop both their chemistry and their careers.

In 1989 a review of the effectiveness of these working groups was undertaken. The key findings of the review were that the working groups only succeeded if they had an effective Chair and that the FACS needed greater flexibility in stopping and starting activities.. It was decided that a project system based on an effective leader was a better model for the FACS based on the demonstrated success of ANAIC. Thus a project system was created in 1991 with a Project Director and Co-Director. A Co-ordinator of Projects position was created as a member of EXCO whose role was to liaise with the Project Directors.

The projects introduced in 1991 were:

ANAIC (continuing)
APFAN (Asia-Pacific Food Analysis Network)
Environment/CREN (Chemical Resources a& Environmental Needs)
Natural Products

The projects would be reviewed by EXCO and the General Assembly and would be terminated if unproductive. Sub-projects attached to a larger project were also allowed. A very successful system to enable Project Directors to bid for seed money of up to USD 500 pa was introduced for projects and USD250 for sub-projects. This seed money has supported innumerable activities from 1991 to 2004. Some projects like ANAIC were linked to other organisations like UNESCO. 

The project on Environment/CREN was linked to the Commonwealth Science Council Flagship Program Project CREN and jointly used this abbreviation. Project CREN has played a key role in developing the links between professional chemists and the handling of environmental problems in the Asia-Pacific region. The Commonwealth Science Council has proved to be an effective platform to generate professional links between countries in the region. 

Many of the projects of FACS were able to interact with other groups, networks and organisations through the Asian Coordinating Group for Chemistry (ACGC), a group supported by UNESCO. The FACS has also given support to the journal created by the ACGC the ACGC Chemical Research Communications.

In 1993 ChIN (Chemical Information Network) and a sub-project Low Cost Instrumentation were introduced. Chemical Education and ANRAP (Asian Network on Anti-diabetic Plants - sub-project) commenced in 1995 and Asian Network on Cleaner Technology (ANCP) & Low Cost Publication (sub-project) commenced in 2001.

Guidelines for undertaking projects have been progressively included in the FACS Operations Manual and updated regularly. The project guidelines are now quite comprehensive.

FACS Newsletter

The Newsletter grew out of the need to communicate news about FACS activities to member societies and was maintained from its initiation in 1981 until 1991 by Dr M Mohinder Singh. The position of Newsletter Editor was altered to become Co-ordinator of Publications and the newsletter gradually improved with successive co-coordinators to become a professional magazine, some of whom had more than one 2 year term. Apart from reporting on major meetings of the FACS, the Newsletter has regularly included the papers or summaries of award lectures of the FACS and reports on its project activities.

A key step during the late 1990s was to introduce access to the newsletter on the FACS web page, associated with the development of electronic access to information by Project ChIN. By 2003 complete newsletter availability on the web was achieved, increasing general circulation and limiting the need to spend excessively on postage.

FACS Web Page

The FACS web page emerged as a response to the development of access to information on the Internet. The web page was created by Dr Alan Arnold of the RACI in 1997 and was handed over to Project ChIN in 1999. It has been managed from China by Project ChIN through the efforts of Professor Xiaoxia Li with some assistance from Dr David Winkler (Australia). The web page was substantially revised in 1999. A full domain web page address was created in 2001 (http://www.facs-as.org) and is updated as information becomes available.

FACS Individual/Life Members

The opportunity for individuals to become individual or life members was created in 1993. Life members are listed and are circulated with copies of the FACS newsletter.

FACS Logo

The FACS logo was adopted in 1982 but was redrawn through the efforts of Dr H Akimoto in 1997 based on a more accurate map. It has been available electronically since then. Thus the FACS has maintained a common logo over most of its 25 year history.

TOP

FACS International Relations

The FACS grew out of a recognition that the chemical societies in the Asia-Pacific region needed an organization to jointly promote the interests of chemistry and the chemical profession.. At its inception there was a concurrent need to develop chemistry as a basic science in many parts of the region. These two needs led to the creation of the FACS with a particularly strong link to UNESCO. Over the 25 years of its existence the FACS has been involved with other regional and global organizations. These links are discussed in this final section.

FECS (Federation of European Chemical Societies)

The FECS is the counterpart of the FACS in Europe. Technically the border between Europe and Asia runs from the Ural Mountains around Asiatic Turkey around the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal and Red Sea to the India Ocean. Thus Asiatic Russia (Siberia), Turkey, Lebanon, Israel and Saudi Arabia lie within Asia. This geographical boundary means that some countries like Russia and Turkey lie in both continents.

The FECS has had a long but informal link with the FACS. The FECS through Dr W Fritsche had attended the inaugural meeting in 1979 and occasional meetings such as 4ACC in Beijing 1991. An exchange lecturer was proposed at that time (1991) but proved to be difficult to implement. There are numerous strong links with specific Asian and European chemical societies which help to provide a basis of involvement. For example the Royal Society of Chemistry has many members in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. There are many other such links from Asian countries with European countries including France, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Russia.

EURASIA Conference on Chemical Sciences

The EURASIA Conference on Chemical Sciences grew out of a desire of Chemists from various European universities to interact with their counterparts in Asia. Some of the EURASIA conferences have been held in conjunction with those of the FACS and its member societies. These were the 4th EURASIA Conference with an ANAIC Conference in 1993 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the 8th EURASIA Conference with 10ACC in 2003 at Hanoi, Vietnam.

The EURASIA Conferences have provided an effective interaction between the chemists of Europe and Asia.

IUPAC

As the peak world body for Chemistry, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is the body to which the FACS connects in order to link with other regional bodies representing chemistry and chemical societies. IUPAC has increased its interest in having the chemical societies of the Asia-Pacific region become members of its organisation as it has sought to expand its base. Many individuals having a profile in the FACS have also had similarly high profiles in IUPAC. This led in part to IUPAC agreeing to collaborate with FACS in holding World Chemistry Congress at Brisbane in 2001 comprising the 38th IUPAC Chemical Congress, 9ACC and AIMECS Conference of Medicinal Chemistry. IUPAC has been holding meetings of Presidents of Chemical Societies which have been attended by an FACS representative. The President of IUPAC has attended the 11th and 12th General Assemblies of the FACS. There is clearly a wish for FACS to interact with IUPAC where this involves a regional input.

PACIFICHEM

The PACIFICHEM conferences are held every 5 years in the first being in 1984. Held in Hawaii, PACIFICHEM has served to provide an umbrella for the Pacific Rim Chemical Societies. Specifically for the FACS, this has provided an opportunity to interact with the American Chemical Society, Canadian Chemical Society and the various Latin American Chemical Societies. The member societies of FACS playing a key role in PACIFICHEM are the Chemical Society of Japan, Korean Chemical Society, Royal Australian Chemical Society and New Zealand Institute of Chemistry.

PACIFICHEM is the conference with the largest number of scientific presentations in the region. FACS has held EXCO meeting in conjunction with PACIFICHEM and participated in activities of regional significance.

UNESCO

UNESCO was the body which first encouraged the formation of the FACS. At the time of its inauguration, UNESCO was supportive of the FACS in many ways including assistance with delegates from less developed countries to attend conferences and ensure representation of their society. As time has gone by this support has diminished to the point where it is now almost non-existent. The contact between FACS and UNESCO is now largely through the ACGC.

ACGC (Asian Coordinating Group for Chemistry)

The ACGC was created by UNESCO to coordinate activities involving Chemistry in the region with other bodies, groups and individuals both within the region and beyond. ACGC meets approximately annually. The FACS has been a member of the ACGC since its inception. The ACGC has had a strong involvement with Natural Products Chemistry activities in the region and has managed the ASOMPS series of conferences in conjunction with UNESCO. Project CREN was created an as outcome of the ACGC in 1987. The ACGC created the journal ACGC Chemical Research Communications in 1991 with the continuing support of its members. The ACGC shares the FACS web page.

TOP

The next 25 years

The nature of chemistry has changed in the first 25 years of the FACS's existence and will change at a greater rate in the next 25 years. The enormous changes that are taking place in our fundamental understanding of biology and matter, and their technological manifestations in biotechnology and nanotechnology, are going to have a profound effect on the way we teach and practice chemistry. 

The FACS through its myriad activities will ensure that the chemists of the Asia-Pacific region will be at the forefront of these changes. The FACS will ensure that chemists and chemistry will contribute to the development of a prosperous, responsible and cultured community.

TOP

References

M. Mohinder Singh "The Federation of Asian Chemical Societies ; Its Formation, Administration and Activities" in Volume 1 20th Century Chemistry in Asia. Edited by D.P. Chakraborty. G.D. Publisher, Calcutta. 1989. pp 1-12

M. Mohinder Singh "The Federation of Asian Chemical Societies ; Its Formation, Administration and Activities (A Historical Review)" FACS Newsletter No. 1/1988. pp 3-7.

TOP

Table
Lists of FACS Fellows, Officials, Awardees and Activities 1979-2004

FACS Fellows 1978-2004 

Professor Kamchorn Manuapichu (Thailand) President 1979-81
Tan Sri Dr BC Sekhar (Malaysia) President 1981-83
Dr Mahdi H Hnoosh (Iraq) President 1983-85
Professor HH Huang (Singapore) President 1985-87
Professor Sang Up Choi (Korea) President 1987-89
Professor TH Spurling (Australia) President 1989-91
Professor Guang Xian Xu (China) President 1991-93
Dr M Mohinder Singh (Malaysia) President 1993-95
Professor Fortunato Sevilla III (Philippines) President 1995-97
Professor H Ohtaki (Japan) President 1997-99
Dr Johnsee Lee (Taipei) President 1999-2001
Professor BN Noller (Australia) President 2001-2003
Professor Ho Si Thoang (Vietnam) President 2003-2005

Professor RC Mehrotra (India) FACS Foundation Lecturership 1987 
Professor San Shul Shim (Korea) FACS Foundation Lecturership 1989 
Professor John White (Australia) FACS Foundation Lecturership 1991
Professor Alan Bond (Australia) FACS Foundation Lecturership 1993 
Professor You Xiao Zeng (China) FACS Foundation Lecturership 1995
Professor Atta Ur Rahman (Pakistan) FACS Foundation Lecturership 1997 
Professor Akira Fujishima (Japan) FACS Foundation Lecturership 1999 
Professor Paul Haddad (Australia) FACS Foundation Lecturership 2001
Professor Chi Ming Che (Hong Kong) FACS Foundation Lecturership 2003

Tan Sri Dr Augustine Ong (Malaysia) FACS Distinguished Contribution to Economic Development 1991
Dr Li Biaoguo (Philippines) FACS Distinguished Contribution to Economic Development 1993
Dr Ma Concepcion Lizada (Philippines) FACS Distinguished Contribution to Economic Development 1995
Dr Abdul Razak Mohd. Ali (Malaysia) FACS Distinguished Contribution to Economic Development 1999
Dr Jong-Kee Yeo (Korea) FACS Distinguished Contribution to Economic Development 2001
Professor Tom Spurling (Australia) FACS Distinguished Contribution to Economic Development 2003 (Also President 1989-1991)
Assoc Prof Charles Fogliani (Australia) FACS Distinguished Contribution to Advancement in Chemical Education 2003

FACS Presidents

1 Professor Kamchorn Manuapichu (Thailand) 1979-81
2 Tan Sri Dr BC Sekhar (Malaysia) 1981-83
3 Dr Mahdi H Hnoosh (Iraq) 1983-85
4 Professor HH Huang (Singapore) 1985-87
5 Professor Sang Up Choi (Korea) 1987-89
6 Professor TH Spurling (Australia) 1989-91
7 Professor Guang Xian Xu (China) 1991-93
8 Dr M Mohinder Singh (Malaysia) 1993-95
9 Professor Fortunato Sevilla III (Philippines) 1995-97
10 Professor H Ohtaki (Japan) 1997-99
11 Dr Johnsee Lee (Taipei) 1999-2001
12 Professor BN Noller (Australia) 2001-2003
13 Professor Ho Si Thoang (Vietnam) 2003-2005

FACS Foundation Lecturership

1 Professor RC Mehrotra (India) 1987 (Inorganic Chemistry)
2 Professor San Shul Shim (Korea) 1989 (Organic Chemistry)
3 Professor John White (Australia) 1991 (Physical Chemistry)
4 Professor Alan Bond (Australia) 1993 (Analytical Chemistry)
5 Professor You Xiao Zeng (China) 1995 (Inorganic Chemistry)
6 Professor Atta Ur Rahman (Pakistan) 1997 (Organic Chemistry)
7 Professor Akira Fujishima (Japan) 1999 (Physical Chemistry)
8 Professor Paul Haddad (Australia) 2001 (Analytical Chemistry)
9 Professor Chi Ming Che (Hong Kong) 2003 (Inorganic Chemistry)

FACS Distinguished Young Chemist

1 Professor Dennis Evans (Australia) 1989 (Physical Chemistry)
2 Dr Dong Soo Lee (Korea) 1991 (Analytical Chemistry)
3 Dr Reuben Jih-Ru Hwu (Taipei) 1993 (Organic Chemistry)
4 Dr Charles Young (Australia) 1995 (Inorganic Chemistry)
5 Professor Tony Haymet (Australia) 1997 (Physical Chemistry)
6 Dr Chung-Shi Yang (Taipei) 1999 (Analytical Chemistry)
7 Professor Margaret Brimble (New Zealand) 2001 (Organic Chemistry)
8 Associate Professor Sally Brooker (New Zealand) 2003 (Inorganic Chemistry)

FACS Distinguished Contribution to Economic Development

1 Tan Sri Dr Augustine Ong (Malaysia) 1991
2 Dr Li Biaoguo (Philippines) 1993
3 Dr Ma Concepcion Lizada (Philippines) 1995
4 Dr Abdul Razak Mohd. Ali (Malaysia) 1999
5 Dr Jong-Kee Yeo (Korea) 2001
6 Professor Tom Spurling (Australia) 2003

FACS Distinguished Contribution to Advancement in Chemical Education

1 Assoc Prof Charles Fogliani (Australia) 2003

FACS Citations

1991 
Dr John Kingston (Australia)
Dr Jack Cannon (Australia)
Dr M Mohinder Singh (Malaysia)
1992 
Professor Kamchorn Manunapichu (Thailand)
Professor HH Huang (Singapore)
Tan Sri DR BC Sekhar (Malaysia)
1995 
Dr Sim Keng Yeow (Singapore)
Dr M Hnoosh (Jordan)
Professor Sang Up Choi (Korea)
1997 
Howard Bradbury (Australia)
Professor John Webb (Australia)
Professor Amando Kapauan (Philippines)
1999 
Phillip Marriott (Australia)
2003 
Professor H Akimoto (Japan)
Professor KV Sane (India)
Professor SH Goh (Singapore)

FACS Secretary-Generals

1 Dr Prapin Wilairat (Thailand) 1979-81
2 Dr M Mohinder Singh (Malaysia) 1981-83
3 Professor Numan Al-Niami (Iraq) 1983-85
4 Dr Sim Keong Yeow (Singapore) 1985-87
5 Professor Chang Hwa Kim (Korea) 1987-89
6 Dr Barry Noller (Australia) 1989-91
7 Professor Zhang Dehe (China) 1991-93
8 Lim Teck Thai (Malaysia) 1993-95
9 Dr Ben Peczon (Philippines) 1995-97
10 Professor Y Takeuchi (Japan) 1997-99
11 Professor Kan Nan Chen (Taipei) 1999-2001
12 Dr San H Thang (Australia) 2001-2003
13 Professor Huynh Van Trung (Vietnam) 2003-2005

FACS Treasurers

1 Dr Sim Keong Yeow (Singapore) 1985-87
2 Dr Sim Keong Yeow (Singapore) 1987-89
3 Dr Phillip Marriott (Australia) 1989-91
4 Dr Phillip Marriott (Australia) 1991-93
5 Dr Phillip Marriott (Australia) 1993-95
6 Dr Phillip Marriott (Australia) 1995-97
7 Lim Teck Thai (Malaysia) 1997-99
8 Lim Teck Thai (Malaysia) 1999-2001
9 Datuk Dr Ting Kuey Soon (Malaysia) 2001-2003
10 Datuk Dr Ting Kuey Soon (Malaysia) 2003-2005

FACS Newsletter Editor (1981-1991)/ Coordinators of Publications (1991-2004)

1 Dr M Mohinder Singh (Malaysia) 1981-83
2 Dr M Mohinder Singh (Malaysia) 1983-85
3 Dr M Mohinder Singh (Malaysia) 1985-87
4 Dr M Mohinder Singh (Malaysia) 1987-89
5 Dr M Mohinder Singh (Malaysia) 1989-91
6 Lim Teck Thai (Malaysia) 1991-93
7 Dr Ting Kuey Soon (Malaysia) 1993-95
8 Dr Ishmael DS Ordonez (Philippines) 1995-97
9 Professor Hajime Akimoto (Japan) 1997-99
10 Professor Tahsin J Chow (Taipei) 1999-2001
11 Professor Tahsin J Chow (Taipei) 2001-2003
12 Dr San H Thang (Australia) 2003-2005

FACS Coordinator of Projects

1 Dr Barry N Noller (Australia) 1991-93
2 Dr Barry N Noller (Australia) 1993-95
3 Dr Barry N Noller (Australia) 1995-97
4 Dr Barry N Noller (Australia) 1997-99
5 Dr M Mohinder Singh (Malaysia) 1999-2001
6 Dr MM Ito (Japan) 2001-2003
7 Dr MM Ito (Japan) 2003-2005

FACS Chairman of Working Groups and Project Directors & Co-Directors

Working Groups 1979-1989


Chemical Education
Professor Paz V. Abis (Philippines) 1979-1981
Professor Paz V. Abis (Philippines) 1979-1981
Professor Kamchorn Manunapichu (Thailand) 1983-1985
Professor Kamchorn Manunapichu (Thailand) 1983-1985
Dr Carlito Barril (Philippines) 1989-1991

Chemistry & Environment
Dr M. Ridwan (Indonesia) 1979-1981
Dr M. Ridwan (Indonesia) 1981-1983
Tan Sri Dr B.C. Sekhar (Malaysia) 1983-1985
Tan Sri Dr B.C. Sekhar (Malaysia) 1985-1987
Professor S.Z. Haider (Bangladesh) 1989-1991

Professional Affairs
Professor D.O. Jordan (Australia) 1979-1981
Mr P.W. Woodhouse (Australia) 1981-1983
Mr P.W. Woodhouse (Australia) 1983-1985
Dr K.F. Cheng (Hong Kong) 1985-1987
Professor M. Kobayashi (Japan) 1989-1991

Food Chemistry
Professor Kamchorn Manunapichu (Thailand) 1979-1981
Professor Kamchorn Manunapichu (Thailand) 1981-1983
Dr W. Aalbersberg (South Pacific-Fiji) 1989-1991

Instrumentation/ Asian Network for Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry
Dr Sim Keng Yeow (Singapore) 1983-1985
Professor A. Kapauan (Philippines) 1985-1986
Dr J. Webb (Australia) 1986-1987
Dr J. Webb (Australia) 1987-1989
Dr J. Webb (Australia) 1989-1991

Chemistry & Industry
Dr Albert Yu (Taiwan) 1985-1986
Dr Peter T.K. Wu (Taiwan) 1986-1987
Dr Peter T.K. Wu (Taiwan) 1987-1989
Dr Peter T.K. Wu (Taiwan) 1989-1990
Dr A.T. Hu (Taipei) 1990-1991

Book on Development of Chemistry in Asia
Professor D.P. Chakraborty (India) 1979-1981
Professor D.P. Chakraborty (India) 1981-1983
Professor D.P. Chakraborty (India) 1983-1985
Professor D.P. Chakraborty (India) 1985-1987
Professor D.P. Chakraborty (India) 1987-1989

Project Directors 1989-2004

ANAIC (Asian Network for Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry)
Dr J Webb (Australia) 1991-1993
Professor J Webb (Australia) 1993-1995
Professor J Webb (Australia)/ Co-Director Professor M. Tabata (Japan) 1995-1997
Professor J Webb (Australia)/ Co-Director Professor M. Tabata (Japan) 1997-1999
Professor J Webb (Australia)/ Co-Director Professor M. Tabata (Japan) 1999-2001
Professor J Webb (Australia)/ Co-Director Professor M. Tabata (Japan) 2001-2003

AANC (Asian Analytical Chemistry Network)
Professor M. Tabata (Japan)/ Co-Director: Prof. Hasuck Kim (Korea) 2003-2005

APFAN (Asia Pacific Food Analysis Network)
Dr H. Bradbury (Australia) 1991-1993
Dr H. Bradbury (Australia) 1993-1995
Dr H. Bradbury (Australia) /Co-Director Dr A. Aguinaldo (Philippines) 1995-1997
Dr H. Bradbury (Australia) /Co-Director Dr A. Aguinaldo (Philippines) 1997-1999
Dr P. Scheelings (Australia)/ Co-Director Dr A. Aguinaldo (Philippines) 1999-2001
Dr P. Scheelings (Australia)/ Co-Director Dr J. Kantasubrata (Indonesia) 2001-2003
Dr P. Scheelings (Australia)/ Co-Director Dr J. Kantasubrata (Indonesia) 2003-2005

ANEC/CREN (Asian Network for Environmental Chemistry/ Chemical research and Environmental Needs)
Dr B Noller (Australia) 1991-1993
Dr B Noller (Australia) 1993-1995
Dr B. Noller (Australia) /Co-Director Dr M. Mohinder Singh (Malaysia) 1995-1997
Dr B. Noller (Australia) /Co-Director Dr M. Mohinder Singh (Malaysia) 1997-1999
Dr R. Sadler (Australia) /Co-Director Dr A.M. Mubarak (Sri Lanka) 1999-2001
Dr R. Sadler (Australia) /Co-Director Datuk Dr M. Mohinder Singh (Malaysia) 2001-2003
Dr. Ross Sadler (Australia)/ Co-Director: Dr. Jae Oh (Korea) 2003-2005

ACEN/Asian Chemical Education Network
Dr Y. Takeuchi (Japan) /Co-Director Dr M.C. Padolina (Philippines) 1995-1997
Dr M.C. Padolina (Philippines) /Co-Director Dr M.M. Ito (Japan)1997-1999
Dr M.M. Ito (Japan) 1999-2001
Professor J.N. Oleap Fernando (Sri Lanka) /Co-Director Professor Zuriati Zakaria (Malaysia) 2001-2003
Professor J.N. Oleap Fernando (Sri Lanka) /Co-Director Professor Zuriati Zakaria (Malaysia) 2003-2005

ANCT (Asian Network on Cleaner Technology)
Dr Tsung-Tsan Su (Taipei) 1995-1997

ANCP (Asian Network on Cleaner Production)
Dr Tsung-Tsan Su (Taipei) 1997-1999
Dr Tsung-Tsan Su (Taipei)/ Dr K.V. Ragavan (India) 1999-2001

ANGC (Asian Network for Green Chemistry)
Dr R Strauss (Australia)/ Co-director Professor M. Misono (Japan) 2001-2003

GC (Green Chemistry)
Prof. Chee-Cheong Ho (Malaysia)/ Co-Director Prof. Takashi Tatsumi (Japan) 2003-2005

ChIN (Chemical Information Network)
Professor Zhihong Xu (China) 1993-1995
Professor Zhihong Xu (China) /Co-Director Dr D. Winkler (Australia) 1995-1997
Professor Zhihong Xu (China) /Co-Director Dr D. Winkler (Australia) 1997-1999
Dr D. Winkler (Australia) /Co-Director Professor Xiaoxia Li (China) 1999-2001
Professor Xiaoxia Li (China) /Co-Director Professor Y. Takahashi (Japan) 2001-2003
Professor Xiaoxia Li (China) /Co-Director Professor Y. Takahashi (Japan) 2003-2005

Natural Products
Dr A. Banerji (India) 1991-1993
Dr A. Banerji (India) 1993-1995
Professor S.H. Goh (Malaysia) /Co-Director Dr M. Garson (Australia) 1995-1997
Professor Atta-ur-Rahman (Pakistan) /Co-Director Dr M. Garson (Australia) 1997-1999
Professor Atta-ur-Rahman (Pakistan) /Co-Director Dr M. Garson (Australia) 1999-2001

Medicinal Chemistry
Dr D. Winkler (Australia)/ Co-director Dr. Seung-Eun Yoo (Korea) 2001-2003

Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products
Dr D. Winkler (Australia)/ Co-director Prof. Dr. Le Thi Anh Dao (Vietnam)
2003-2005

Sub-projects 1989-2004

LCP (Low Cost Publications)
Professor K.V. Sane (India) 1999-2001
Professor K.V. Sane (India) 2001-2003
Professor K.V. Sane (India) 2003-2005

LCI (Low Cost Intrumentation)
Professor K.V. Sane (India) 1993-1995
Professor K.V. Sane (India) 1995-1997
Professor K.V. Sane (India) 1997-1999
Professor K.V. Sane (India) 1999-2001

LCI/MC (Low Cost Intrumentation/Microscale Chemistry)
Professor Winghong Chan (Hong Kong) 2001-2003
Professor Winghong Chan (Hong Kong) 2003-2005

ANRAP(Asian Network for Research on Anti-diabetic Plants)
Professor M. Mosihuzzaman (Bangladesh) 1993-1995
Professor M. Mosihuzzaman (Bangladesh) 1995-1997
Professor M. Mosihuzzaman (Bangladesh) 1997-1999
Professor M. Mosihuzzaman (Bangladesh) 1999-2001
Professor M. Mosihuzzaman (Bangladesh) 2001-2003
Professor M. Mosihuzzaman (Bangladesh) 2003-2005

PECD (Professional Ethics in support of Chemical Disarmament)
Prof. John Webb (Australia) 2003-2005

FACS Biennial General Assemblies

Formation   16 August 1979    Bangkok
1 23 April 1981  Kuala Lumpur
2 28-29 March 1983  Baghdad
3 9-10 April 1985  Singapore
4 30 June 1987  Seoul
5 29 August 1989  Brisbane
6 27 August 1991  Beijing
7 9-10 November 1993 Kuala Lumpur
8 23-24 May 1995  Manila
9 15 May 1997  Hiroshima
10 21 November 1999  Taipei
11 30 June 2001  Brisbane
12 20 October 2003  Hanoi
13 August 2005  Seoul

FACS Asian Chemical Congress (ACC)
1 ACC    8-11 April 1985.Singapore
2 ACC    29 June - 3 July 1987 Seoul
3 ACC    28 August - 1 September 1989 Brisbane
4 ACC    22-30 August 1991 Beijing
5 ACC    8-12 November 1993 Kuala Lumpur
6 ACC    22-26 May 1995 Manila
7 ACC    16-20 May 1997 Hiroshima
8 ACC    21-24 November 1999 Taipei
9 ACC    30 June - 3 July 2001 Brisbane
10 ACC  20-24 October 2003 Hanoi
11 ACC  22-24 August 2005 Seoul

FACS Council Meetings
FACS Council meeting (Informal) RELC International Hotel Singapore 6 December 1998

FACS EXCO Meetings

Serial Number  Date Venue
1 17 August 1979   Bangkok
2 24 February 1980   Baghdad
3 27 April 1981   Singapore
4 8 October 1981   Bangkok
5 15 June 1982   Colombo
6 7 December 1982   Manila
7 29 March 1983   Baghdad
8 23-25 August 1983   Lyngby (Denmark)
9 30 March 1984   Kuala Lumpur
10 19 December 1984   Honolulu
11 11 April 1985  Singapore
12 6 September 1985   Lyon (France)
13 8 July 1986   Darwin
14 18 November 1986   Kuala Lumpur
15 2 July 1987   Seoul
16 10 August 1988   Johore Bahru
17 24-25 January 1989   Bandung
18 31 August 1989   Brisbane
19 19 December 1989   Honolulu
20 22 May 1990   Singapore
21 28 January 1991   New Delhi
22 28 August 1991  Beijing
23 7 February 1992   Manila
24 11 November 1993   Kuala Lumpur
25 21-22 February 1994   Manila
26 17 June 1994   Kuala Lumpur and Melaka
27 18 December 1994   Kuala Lumpur
28 25 May 1995   Manila
29 29-29 January 1996  Dhaka
30 18 July 1996   Brisbane
31 16 December 1996   Taipei
32 18 May 1997   Hiroshima
33 27 December 1997  Karachi
34 30 September 1998   Hanoi
35 26 May 1999   Cebu, Philippines
36 21 November 1999   Taipei
37 27 May 2000   Seoul
38 11 January 2001   Hanoi
39 3 July 2001  Brisbane
40 16 December 2001  Singapore
41 31 March 2002   Kuala Lumpur
42 10 January 2003   Dhaka
43 24 May 2003   Melbourne
44 22 October 2003  Hanoi
45 28 April 2004   Colombo