25 No. 3
May - June 2003
Characterization and Advanced Materials
Termonia (top, right) and Georg H. Michler
(below, left) receive the Paul J. Flory Polymer Research
Prize from Ram Prakash Singh, chair of the prize committee.
seems that some things never change, and in that good tradition,
the 11th POLYCHAR was held 710 January 2003 at
the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, where it has
been held for the past 11 years. The conference, sponsored
by IUPAC for the third successive time, was preceded by the
Short Course in Polymer Characterization (held on 6 January),
which received support from IUPACs Macromolecular Division.
originally stood for International Conference on Polymer Characterization,
but several years ago it had adopted the broader title "World
Forum on Polymer Application and Theory." This has been further
modified to "World Forum on Advanced Materials" in recognition
of the importance of polymers in highly sophisticated materials
that have a broad range of applications such as drug modification
through nano-composites, structure development in processing,
and enzymatic catalysis in macromolecular chemistry. Also,
for some years the conference proceedings have found their
home in the journal Materials Research Innovations, indicating
the strong focus on polymer systems as advanced materials.
11 meetings, always very effectively organized by Witold Brostow
and his team at the UNT, the Scientific Committee has now
decided to start moving the conference to different locations
in the world, stressing its character as a real world forum.
Consequently, the next conference, POLYCHAR 12, will be hosted
by Antonio Cunha at the University of Minho, Guimaraes, Portugal.
11 had about 120 registered participants from approximately
40 countries. Fifty-one countries were represented on POLYCHARs
Scientific Committee. The conferences philosophy is
not to aim for high numbers of participants, but rather to
foster intensive discussions, contact between scientists,
and, in particular, to give young scientists a forum for making
presentations and contacts. Hence, there were no parallel
sessions and many opportunities for discussions between lectures.
Each participant was able to submit a manuscript for publication
in Materials Research Innovations after review by two referees.
areas covered by POLYCHAR 11 were as follows:
nanohybrids and nanotechnology
mechanical properties and performance
and electric properties
surfaces, interfaces, and tribology
rheology, solutions, and processing
characterization and structure-property relationships
full program can be viewed at <www.unt.edu/POLYCHAR>.
former POLYCHAR conferences there were many contributions
dealing with polymer liquid crystals. These materials no longer
have their own section and have been consumed by sections
like mechanical properties and performance or rheology, solutions,
and processing. On the other hand, the field of nanocomposites
and nanotechnology is presently very active and provided a
section with many challenging contributions.
prizes were awarded at POLYCHAR 11. The Paul J. Flory Polymer
Research Prize was awarded jointly to Georg H. Michler (Martin
Luther University, Merseburg, Germany) and Yves Termonia (E.I.
du Pont de Nemours, Inc., Delaware, USA). The Bruce Hartman
Award for Young Investigators was awarded to Dorota Pietkiewicz
of the University of North Texas, Denton. The Carl Klason
Award for the Best Student Paper was was given Li Si Wan of
the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. A Diploma
of Distinction for a Student Presentation was awarded to John
B. White of the University of North Texas and to Gerard Denis
of the University of Rouen.
12th Annual POLYCHAR World Forum on Advanced Materials (POLYCHAR-12)
will take place at the University of Minho, Guimaraes, Portugal,
from 69 January 2004. It will be preceded by the 12th
Course on Polymer Characterization on 5 January 2004.
Hess <[email protected]>
is professor at the Gerhard-Mercator Universität in Duisburg,
Germany, a member of the IUPAC Macromolecular Division, and
chairman of the Subcommittee on Macromolecular Terminology.
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