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Vol. 27 No. 1
January-February 2005

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
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Polymers and Organic Chemistry

by Karel Jerabek

The 11th International Conference on Polymers and Organic Chemistry 2004 (POC’04) was held 18-23 July 2004 in Prague, Czech Republic. The Polymers and Organic Chemistry (POC) conferences have a long tradition and they are organized in two-year intervals in various countries around the world (1982 Lyon, France; 1984 Lancaster, UK; 1986 Jerusalem, Israel; 1988 Barcelona, Spain; 1990 Kyoto, Japan; 1994 Venice, Italy; 1996 Wroclaw, Poland; 1998 Maa’ale Hachamisha, Israel; 2000 Tianjin, China; 2002 San Diego, USA).

The POC conferences have been the most important meetings of specialists engaged in research and/or application of functional polymers (e.g., polymer supports for reagents, catalysts or drugs, polymer adsorbents, etc.) The Prague conference, which featured 26 oral lectures, 9 keynote lectures, 8 plenary lectures, and 80 posters, attracted 115 scientists from 36 countries. This was probably the largest number of participating countries in the history of the conference series.

Topics covered included catalysis, polymers in medicine and biochemistry, separation science, electro-sensitive functional polymers, environmental chemistry, and synthesis of novel functional polymers. The breadth, scope, and quality of the contributions provided a clear demonstration that functional polymers’ roles in organic chemistry continue to expand, a promising sign for the next conference, POC’06, scheduled to be held near Nagoya, Japan in 2006.

Professor Karel Jerabek <kjer@icpf.cas.cz> is a senior research scientist in the Department of Diffusion and Separation Processes at the Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals, in Prague, Czech Republic. Jerabek served as the conference chairman of the 11th International Conference on Polymers and Organic Chemistry.


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