Vol. 23, No. 1
Macromolecular Symposia, Vol. 156: Macromolecule-Metal Complexes (MMC8).
Symposium Editor, Eishun Tsuchida; Coeditors, Masao Kaneko and Teruyuki
Komatsu; Editor, I. Meisel; Associate Editor, S. Spiegel; Assistant
Editors, H. Beattie and C. S. Kniep. Published by Wiley-VCH, July 2000,
pp. 1-284. ISBN 3-527- 30135-6 (ISSN 1022-1360).
This issue contains plenary and invited lectures delivered at the 8thIUPAC
International Symposium on Macromolecule-Metal Complexes (MMC-8 Tokyo),
which was held at Ibuka Memorial Hall, the International Conference
Center of Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, 5-9 September 1999.
Conference report by Prof.
Kazuyuki Horie (CI March 2000, Vol. 22, No. 2,
Contents and Preface
The field of MMC is now receiving much attention not only in chemistry
and macromolecular science, but also as a frontier material system with
numerous molecular functions. Since the first symposium, MMC-1, that
was held in Beijing in 1985, the biennial IUPAC MMC symposia have been
providing a special opportunity for scientists in this research field
to meet each other and to become aware of the most recent progress in
Around 280 delegates from 20 different countries attended MMC-8. In
addition to 8 plenary and 27 invited lectures, contributed papers were
presented in 6 oral contributions and 100 posters. The well-organized
program and outstanding facilities of the conference center provided
excellent possibilities for extended discussions among the delegates.
The theme of this symposium focused on the role of MMC in the recent
development of macromolecular sciences and technologies.
The latest results in the fundamental part, which are related to multielectron
transfers, supramolecules, dendrimers, and molecular recognition, and
in advanced technologies, such as photoenergy devices, sensors, catalysis,
electronics, and biomaterials, were widely discussed by a variety of
scientists. Furthermore, the "priority session" took place
with a strong involvement of industrial participants. This session focused
on secondary batteries and portable fuel cells, which is a growing superior
technology related to MMC science, especially in Japan.
One of the factors that made this symposium successful was the large
number and the positive attitude of the younger participants who will
bear the next generation.
On the other hand, MMC prizes were awarded to the eight representative
senior scientists who contributed significantly to the development of
MMC. It is hoped that delegates left MMC-8 with new knowledge and new
friendships that will lead to many contributions for further progress
in this research field in the forthcoming century.
The 9th IUPAC International Symposium on Macromolecule-
Metal Complexes (MMC-9) will be held in Brooklyn, New York, USA, 19-23
August 2001. Finally, the editor would like to thank all who have contributed
to this symposium and express particular appreciation to them.
Prof. Eishun Tsuchida
Department of Polymer Chemistry,
ARISE Waseda University