Founded in 1988, the International Mechanochemical Association (IMA) is one of Associated Organizations of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). It is a non-profit scientific association devoted to promoting basic and applied research in Mechanochemistry, which has been identified by IUPAC as one of 10 world-changing technologies.
IMA aims to advance the scientific understanding of the physical and chemical changes activated and driven by mechanical forces and to foster their engineering application.
IMA also aims to increase public awareness of Mechanochemistry, develop the teaching and training of young researchers and practitioners in the field, and provide guidance for research planners and funders concerning the importance and potential of current developments and future directions in mechanochemical issues.
Within this framework, IMA closely collaborates with the COST Action CA18112 – Mechanochemistry for Sustainable Industry (Mech@SustInd), funded within the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020 as a result of the increasing emphasis laid by EU institutions on the chemistry driven by mechanical energy. Several IMA members participate in the COST Action and support it with their personal involvement.
Mechanochemistry is vigorously moving ahead. Centuries-old traditions combine with advancements in fundamental knowledge and innovation in processing tools attracts renewed interest from industry. Our field of study is burgeoning under the powerful thrust to understand basic science issues and model multi-scale processes with the aim of designing and building molecules and materials while endowing them with novel functionalities.
Within this scenario, IMA has to face several challenges to turn the groundbreaking potential of Mechanochemistry into reality. IMA has to promote and spread excellence, to foster interdisciplinary research for breakthrough science and to empower and retain young researchers and innovators.