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Vol. 25 No. 4
July - August 2003

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Molecular Order and Mobility in Polymer Systems

T. M. Birshtein (symposium ed.)

Macromolecular Symposia, Vol 191.
Wiley-VCH, 2003, pp. 1–200 (ISBN 3-527-30695-1)

This issue of Macromolecular Symposia features papers by invited speakers to the International Symposium on Molecular Order and Mobility in Polymer Systems, which was the fourth in a series of IUPAC-sponsored meetings on macromolecules held in St. Petersburg, Russia. The focus of the symposium was on problems of the equilibrium state in polymer systems. Unfortunately, not all of the speakers could present their work since some material had been published or submitted elsewhere. Nevertheless, this issue provides a more or less complete picture of the symposium.

The event was organized by the institute of Macromolecular Compounds of the Russian Academy of Scientists (RAS). The co-organizers of the symposium were the Department of Chemistry and Material Science of RAS and the Scientific Polymer Council of RAS. The symposium was sponsored by IUPAC and supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and the St. Petersburg Research Center of RAS.

The symposium featured 33 invited lectures, 33 oral communications, and 260 poster presentations. Invited lectures were given by well-known, active researchers, including Nobel Prize Winner P.-G. de Gennes; academicians of RAS; major scientists from Germany, France, Japan, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The papers represented in this issue are divided into seven thematic groups. Some work could be placed into several groups, and is so indicated. It is worth mentioning that some of the publications differ from the presentations made by their authors at the symposium, reflecting the results of the symposium itself.

Following is a sampling of the many papers to be found in this issue:

  • P. G. de Gennes, Weak Segregation in Molten Statistical Copolymers
  • A. Darinskii, Computer Simulation of the Liquid Crystal Formation in a Semi-Flexible Polymer System
  • Blumen, Network Models and Their Dynamics: Probes of Topological Structure
  • M. Cohen-Stuart, When Tethered Chains Meet Free Ones: the Stability of Polymer Wetting Films on Polymer Brushes
  • J. François, Effects of Temperature on Neutron Scattering from Aqueous Solutions of Hydrophobically Modified Poly(ethylene oxide)

The contents of this issue reflect researchers’ progress toward more complicated systems with the elements of nanostructure organization. This trend will be more pronounced at the 5th St. Petersburg Symposium, which is planned to take place in 2005.

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