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Vol. 25 No. 2
March-April 2003

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
See also www.iupac.org/symposia

Chemical Thermodynamics

by Gerhard M. Schneider

The 17th IUPAC Conference on Chemical Thermodynamics (ICCT 2002) was held at Rostock, Germany, from 28 July to 2 August 2002. Conference chairmen were Prof. A. Heintz and Prof. E. Vogel, University of Rostock, Germany. Since the first event in 1969 in Warsaw, Poland, these biennial conferences have gained increasing international interest and reputation. They are now well established and belong to the most important periodical conferences in the field of chemical thermodynamics worldwide. The conference was a very successful meeting with 594 attendees (including 78 accompanying persons) from 46 countries. The scientific program included the Rossini Lecture, 7 plenary lectures, 3 main lectures, 25 invited lectures, 227 oral contributions, and 273 posters. Invited lectures will appear in Pure and Applied Chemistry, with John H. Dymond as conference editor.

In Rostock, the scientific program started with the traditional Rossini Lecture, which was presented by Prof. J. M. Prausnitz, Berkeley, CA, USA, on "Molecular Thermodynamics for Some Applications in Biotechnology" (see page 13). Seven symposia and four workshops were held concurrent with the Laehnwitz Seminar on Calorimetry. The complete program was accompanied by database demonstrations coordinated by H. V. Kehiaian and W. M. Haynes.

Succeeding the former IUPAC Commission on Thermodynamics, the new International Association on Chemical Thermodynamics (IACT), established at Rostock, will arrange for all future conferences including IUPAC sponsorship. J.-P. Grolier (Clermont- Ferrand, France) will act as chairman, J. H. Dymond (Glasgow, U.K.) as secretary, and A. R. H. Goodwin (Cambridge, U.K. and Ridgefield, CT, USA) as treasurer. All will serve four-year terms.

The next ICCT will be held in Beijing, China, from 23-27 August 2004.

Symposia

  • Molecular Simulations of Fluids and Statistical Thermodynamics, coordinated by T. Boublik and H. Krienke
  • Phase Equilibria, Supercritical Mixtures, and Separation Techniques Including Polymer Systems, coordinated by T. W. de Loos and W. Arlt
  • Electrolyte Solutions and Non-Electrolyte Mixtures Including Reactive Chemical Systems, coordinated by T. M. Letcher, E. Wilhelm, and G. Maurer
  • Thermodynamic Properties of New and Advanced Materials Including Pharmaceuticals, coordinated by R. D. Weir and S. Stølen
  • Organized Solutions, Surface and Colloid Chemistry, coordinated by G. Olofsson and G. H. Findenegg
  • Thermochemistry, Calorimetry, and Molecular Energetics, coordinated by A. L. Smith and G. Wolf. This symposium also included the Laehnwitz Seminar on Calorimetry, coordinated by C. Schick.
  • Thermodynamics in the Biological Sciences. Theoretical Aspects and Technical Applications, coordinated by R. Goldberg and H.-J. Hinz

Workshops

  • Material and Energy Transport in Dense Membranes, coordinated by J. G. Crespo and R. N. Lichtenthaler
  • Thermochemical, Thermodynamic, and Transport Properties of Halogenated Hydrocarbons and Mixtures, coordinated by A. Laesecke and U.K. Deiters,
  • Properties of Ionic Liquids and their Application in Chemical Engineering, coordinated by K. N. Marsh and A. Heintz
  • Educational Thermodynamics, coordinated by T. M. Letcher

Gerhard M. Schneider is a professor at Ruhr-Universitatät Bochum, Germany. He was awarded the Rossini Lecture in 1990.


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