The golden year of Chemistry

Do you know how old the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is? It is 150 years since Dmitry Mendeleev discovered the Periodic System, making 2019 the "International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements" (IYPT2019) as proclaimed by the United Nation General Assembly and UNESCO
Solvay marked the IYPT2019 milestone joining UNESCO and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), at the opening ceremony held on January 29, in Paris, which officially inaugurates the commence of the year devoted to the Periodic Table. The appointment in the French capital is the first of a long series of initiatives sponsored by Solvay set to take place throughout the year in Europe and internationally.
Since its first appearance in 1869, Mendeleiev’s revolution represents the most significant achievements in science, capturing the essence not only of chemistry but also of physics and biology. It is a unique tool, enabling scientist to predict the appearance and properties of matter on the Earth and in the rest of the Universe.

As one of the main sponsor, the IYPT2019 is an excellent opportunity to leverage the Group's strong devotion to chemistry bringing innovative solutions for society and the planet. Our commitment is to enable cleaner mobility and the efficient use of natural resources with no boundaries.


Together for the future 
Nobel lecture by Prof. Ben Feringa 

Mendeleev's table for Society and the Future is the extraordinary lecture by Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2016 and Solvay Prize 2015 recipient Ben Feringa also taking place in Paris. 
Prof. Feringa shared the stage with Prof. Jan Reedijk, IYPT MC co-chair, presenting to the public the pivotal contribution of Mendeleev's table as the common language for human progress. 

Professor Ben Feringa


Here we stand on the shoulders of a giant and a real hero. Mendeleev gave us a universal language allowing the creativity of science. The Periodic Table empowers us to imagine future solutions relying on the chemical precision of molecules. 

Prof. Ben Feringa, 2016 Nobel in Chemistry and 2015 Solvay Prize recipient

Mendeleev's table was based on ordering the elements according to their increasing atomic weight. This system, however, showed some inconsistencies and was later refined further by Henry Moseley (1887-1915) who ordered the elements according to their increasing atomic number. This gave the periodic table that we use today.


In 2016, the periodic table gained its last four new elements in one day.  On January 4, elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 were being added to the table’s seventh row to make it complete after they were verified by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). Out of the 118 elements, it is to be noticed that ninety are found naturally, the others are man-made.

Solvay’s IYPT2019 upcoming initiatives

By taking part to IYPT2019 Solvay aims at spanning the impact of its science and chemical innovation based on Mendeleev's pillar elements such as Carbon, Lithium, Sodium to eradicate barriers and bring sustainable solutions for society and the environment. 

Solvay’s contribution to the IYPT2019 will continue during the entire year to ease the encounter between the scientific world and communities, spanning the impact of chemistry into real-world application. 


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