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Vol. 26 No. 2
March-April 2004

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Mission and Challenges of Polymer Science and Technology

K. Horie and A. Abe (eds.)
Macromolecular Symposia, Vol. 201
Wiley-VCH, 2003, pp. 1–326
ISBN 3-527-30705-2

The IUPAC Polymer Conference on the Mission and Challenge of Polymer Science and Technology (IUPAC PC2002) was held as the first strategic symposium of the IUPAC Macromolecular Division (MMD) from 2 to 5 December 2002 at the Kyoto International Conference Hall. The goal of the conference was to determine the present status of polymer science and technology and clarify goals and future challenges. The conference was attended by 762 participants from 29 countries. Four plenary and 41 invited lectures were presented.

This volume of Macromolecular Symposia contains invited lectures, which are published in the same order as they were presented in the original program of the conference. Plenary lectures and a keynote article from the conference were published in Pure and Applied Chemistry (Vol. 74, No. 10).

The scientific program consisted of plenary lectures, six scientific oral and poster sessions, and a panel discussion summarizing the conference and discussing the role and activities of IUPAC MMD in the world polymer community. There were six themes arranged from a strategic viewpoint for the conference:

  • Polymer Concepts in Chemistry, Physics, and Biology
  • Frontiers of Polymer Science
  • Advanced and Emerging Polymer Technologies
  • State of the Art in “Bio-Polymers”
  • Polymers and the Environment
  • Commodity Polymers and the World Economy

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