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Report from IUPAC-Sponsored Symposium


Ionic Polymerization
IUPAC International Symposium on Ionic Polymerization (IP' 01),
22-26 October 2001, Crete, Greece

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by StanislawPenczek

The IUPAC International Symposium on Ionic Polymerization (IP' 01) was held 22-26 October 2001 at the Kreta Maris Hotel in Crete, Greece. The Symposium had the support of IUPAC, the Ministry of Education of Greece, the European Polymer Federation, the Greek Polymer Society, the Greek Chemists Association, and the University of Athens. The sponsors of the Symposium were the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, USA; ExxonMobil Chemical, European Science and Engineering Programme; BASF; MALVA Ltd-WATERS; Techline S.A.; Agmartin; INTERCHEM; Analytical Equipments/K.Vamvakas; HELLAMCO A.E.; and ASTERIADIS S.A.

Dr. Andrew Lovinger of the National Science Foundation, USA, was the honorary chairman of the Symposium. Professor Nikos Hadjichristidis of the University of Athens was the chairman of IP' 01. Dr. Hermis Iatrou chaired the Local Committee–of which Drs. Marinos Pitsikalis and Stergios Pispas were members –that organized this superb Symposium.

During the Opening Ceremony, Professor R.F.T. Stepto, President Elect of the IUPAC Macromolecular Division presented the role of IUPAC and, more particularly, the recent work of the Macromolecular Division.

The International Symposia on Ionic Polymerizations have a long history. Started in the late 40s /early 50s by Professors David Pepper of Dublin, Ireland, and Peter Plesch of Keele, Great Britain, the symposia dominated the field of cationic polymerization at that time. Then in 1956, after the discovery of the processes of "living polymerization" by Professor Michael Szwarc, founder and "father" of modern ionic polymerizations, a series of more or less formal meetings were organized in the field of anionic polymerization. Two decades later (in 1975) the first IUPAC Symposium on Ring-Opening Polymerization was organized by this author in Warsaw, Poland. Finally, the concerted efforts of a group of scientists –working in anionic, cationic, and ring-opening polymerisations–converted these separate meetings into a chain of Symposia, unifying all of the fields of ionic polymerizations.

The Crete Symposium was the fourth (after Istanbul, Paris, and Kyoto) of this new series. However, the organizers of the Crete Symposium went even further, rightly adding several lectures on topics related to the living radical polymerizations, metathesis, metal coordination, template and enzymatic polymerizations, polymer physical chemistry, and the physics of materials made by these processes, and by doing so, created a scientific program of outstanding quality.

There were over 240 active participants from 30 countries at the Symposium. In total, 68 invited lectures, 29 oral lectures, and 91 posters were presented. All of the research centers contributing to the synthesis of macromolecules with well-controlled structures were represented at this Symposium. The presenters comprehensively described the methods of preparation of miscellaneous block and graft copolymers, including the miktoarms star-shaped macromolecules, originally developed in Professor Hadjichristidis' laboratories.

Several groups of physicists discussed morphologies of these and related polymers, showing sophisticated structures in which complicated geometrical structures of or two polymers are imbedded in the matrix of another polymer. Several of these materials of the future have unusual anisotropic properties. Papers presented at that conference are being prepared for publication in a coming volume of Macromolecular Symposia.

Stanislaw Penczek is a Titular Member of the Macromolecular Division.

> Published in Chem. Int. 24(4), 2002

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