Natalia Tarasova is IUPAC president and has been a member of the IUPAC Bureau since 2008 and the Executive Committee since 2010. She is a professor at D. I. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Division of Chemistry and Material Sciences), Director of the Institute of Chemistry and Problems of Sustainable Development, Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development at D.I.Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia.
Prof. Tarasova is a well-known scientist in the field of radiation chemistry and phosphorus chemistry. She is developing new methods of synthesis of polymeric forms of phosphorus (modified red phosphorus, phosphorus-sulfur co-polymers, polymeric phosphorus doped with metals, carbon, etc.) under high-energy irradiation. She conducts research related to green chemistry, sustainable development, risk assessment and management.
She holds Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Bowling Green State University (USA). She is the Vice-President of D. Mendeleev Russian Chemical Society and Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (Great Britain)