The First International Collaborative and Cooperative Chemistry Symposium (1-ICCCS) took place on the 15th and 16th November 2010 at the National University of Singapore. Historically, this meeting grew out of initiatives by the Chemistry Department at the National University of Singapore to establish several bilateral research and academic relationships with key universities in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. A principal mechanism for developing these relationships has been several symposia in which outstanding and promising chemists from these regions are brought together to discuss recent advances in all fields of chemistry. One such symposium between chemists from the University of Queensland and the National University of Singapore was the subject of a previous Research Front in The Australian Journal of Chemistry – An International Journal for Chemical Science. This issue of AJC contains another Research Front based on the contributions of participants at the 1-ICCCS.