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Women in chemistry: In celebration of the International Year of Chemistry


The International Year of Chemistry 2011 is an IUPAC and UNESCO initiative to celebrate the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to humankind. The year 2011 coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize awarded to Marie Curie, and provides an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women to science.

This thematic series provides an insight into the achievements and contributions by women in science, and also highlights a selection of current innovative research by female chemists.

Editors: Prof Vassya Bankova, Dr Debra Banville, Dr Elizabeth Ostler


  1. Commentary

    Reflections on the journey: six short stories

    One of the goals of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry is to celebrate the contributions of women to science. A question that has been frequently asked in this regard is... Why is it necessary to highlight ...

    Sharon L Haynie, Amber S Hinkle, Nancy L Jones, Cheryl A Martin, Paula J Olsiewski and Mary F Roberts

    Chemistry Central Journal 2011 5:69

    Published on: 7 November 2011

  2. Research article

    Cd(II) and Pb(II) complexes of the polyether ionophorous antibiotic salinomycin

    The natural polyether ionophorous antibiotics are used for the treatment of coccidiosis in poultry and ruminants. They are effective agents against infections caused by Gram-positive microorganisms. On the oth...

    Juliana Ivanova, Ivayla N Pantcheva, Mariana Mitewa, Svetlana Simova, Makoto Tanabe and Kohtaro Osakada

    Chemistry Central Journal 2011 5:52

    Published on: 9 September 2011

  3. Research article

    Antioxidant activity relationship of phenolic compounds in Hypericum perforatumL.

    The St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum; Clusiaceae) has been used in traditional and modern medicine for a long time due to its high content of biologically active phenolics. The purpose of this work was to dev...

    Dejan Z Orčić, Neda M Mimica-Dukić, Marina M Francišković, Slobodan S Petrović and Emilija Đ Jovin

    Chemistry Central Journal 2011 5:34

    Published on: 25 June 2011

  4. Research article

    Chemical analysis of Greek pollen - Antioxidant, antimicrobial and proteasome activation properties

    Pollen is a bee-product known for its medical properties from ancient times. In our days is increasingly used as health food supplement and especially as a tonic primarily with appeal to the elderly to amelior...

    Konstantia Graikou, Suzanne Kapeta, Nektarios Aligiannis, George Sotiroudis, Niki Chondrogianni, Efstathios Gonos and Ioanna Chinou

    Chemistry Central Journal 2011 5:33

    Published on: 23 June 2011

  5. Review

    Analytical methods applied to diverse types of Brazilian propolis

    Propolis is a bee product, composed mainly of plant resins and beeswax, therefore its chemical composition varies due to the geographic and plant origins of these resins, as well as the species of bee. Brazil ...

    Alexandra Christine Helena Frankland Sawaya, Ildenize Barbosa da Silva Cunha and Maria Cristina Marcucci

    Chemistry Central Journal 2011 5:27

    Published on: 1 June 2011