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Institut Kimia Malaysia


About Institut Kimia Malaysia (IKM)

Institut Kimia Malaysia (IKM), or the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry, is a professional statutory organisation incorporated under the Chemists Act 1975 under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). Inaugurated on 8th April 1967 with 27 Founding Members, IKM was registered with the Societies Act 1966 on 13th October 1967. The Institute was subsequently incorporated under the Chemists Act 1975 on 1st November 1977 with the following provisions:

  • To regulate the practice of chemistry in Malaysia
  • To represent the profession of chemistry in Malaysia
  • To promote public awareness and appreciation, and the advancement of chemistry in Malaysia

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IKM appointed as a Standard Development Agency (SDA) by Department of Standards Malaysia


On December 5, 2013, Institut Kimia Malaysia (IKM) was appointed as a Standards Development Agency (SDA) in the areas of Chemicals and Materials by the Department of Standards Malaysia.

This is a historical and significant step in the development of IKM as a professional scientific organisation. IKM’s responsibilities as a SDA in the areas of chemicals and materials are as follows:

  • Develop new Malaysian Standards (MS)
  • Adopt or modify International Standards by ISO as MS
  • Revise current MS
  • Manage MS activities including promoting public awareness and usage of MS among stakeholders
  • Manage ISO activities

IKM would like to invite members and other professionals to participate in our standards development programmes and initiatives.

Congratulations to OPCW for winning the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013


Institut Kimia Malaysia (IKM) will like to congratulate the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.

This Nobel Peace Prize recognises the work and effort by OPCW to eliminate chemical weapons all over the world. A convention was drawn up in 1992-93 prohibiting the production and storage of such chemical weapons and came into force in 1997. Since then, OPCW has, through inspections, destruction and by other means, sought the implementation of the convention. 189 states have acceded to the convention to date.

IKM is proud to be associated with OPCW since 2007 through a number of collaborations in scientific conventions and workshops. IKM President, Datuk Dr Soon Ting Kueh, also serves as a member of the Temporary Working Group (TWG) on Education and Outreach of OPCW. We would like to congratulate OPCW for a work well done and we are sure that OPCW will continue its excellent efforts in getting rid of all chemical weapons in the world.


2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Institut Kimia Malaysia (IKM) will like to congratulate the following for winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2013:

Martin Karplus
Université de Strasbourg, France and Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Michael Levitt
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA


Arieh Warshel
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

They are awarded the Nobel Prize for their work on “the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems”. Chemists used to create models of molecules using plastic balls and sticks. Today, the modelling is carried out in computers.  In the 1970s, Martin KarplusMichael Levitt and Arieh Warshel laid the foundation for the powerful programs that are used to understand and predict chemical processes. Computer models mirroring real life have become crucial for most advances made in chemistry today.

The work of Karplus, Levitt and Warshel is ground-breaking in that they managed to make Newton’s classical physics work side-by-side with the fundamentally different quantum physics. The strength of classical physics was that calculations were simple and could be used to model really large molecules. Its weakness, it offered no way to simulate chemical reactions. For that purpose, chemists instead had to use quantum physics. But such calculations required enormous computing power and could therefore only be carried out for small molecules. This year’s Nobel Laureates in chemistry took the best from both worlds and devised methods that use both classical and quantum physics. Today the computer is just as important a tool for chemists as the test tube. Simulations are so realistic that they predict the outcome of traditional experiments.


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