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Vol. 27 No. 6
November-December 2005

IUPAC in Beijing—Division Roundups

- Division I. Physical and Biophysical Chemistry
- Division II. Inorganic Chemistry
-- Commission II.1. Isotopic Abundances and Atomic Weights
- Division IV. Polymer
- Division VIII. Chemical Nomenclature and Structure Representation
- CHEMRAWN

Division IV. Polymer
Robert Stepto, President

Division IV had a successful and lively meeting with 35 people from 15 countries attending. It was the first meeting as the so-renamed Polymer Division. The division had last met in Paris in 2004 as the Macromolecular Division and the change of name reflects the expansion of its work to cover new polymer and polymer-based materials as well as the macromolecules used to form them.

Reports were received from the coordinators of various current projects. During this 2004–2005 biennium there were 14 new projects, 17 publications, and 11 conferences sponsored. The reports and the ensuing discussion at the meeting showed clearly that the organization and management of projects under the auspices of subcommittees, introduced gradually over the last four years, has been successful. It was therefore decided to go forward into the 2006-2007 biennium with five subcommittees:

  • Polymer Terminology and Nomenclature
  • Structure and Properties of Commercial Polymers
  • Polymerization Kinetics and Processes
  • Developing Polymer Materials
  • Polymer Education

In addition to the subcommittees, projects on molecular characterization will continue to be run in an integrated manner and the successful program of actively seeking conferences to sponsor will continue. Amongst these, the memorable World Polymer Congress in Paris last year will be followed by the WPC Macro 2006 in Rio de Janeiro, 2008 in Taipei, and 2010 in Glasgow.
Elections were completed prior to the division meeting. Jung-Il Jin (Korea) was elected to become division president in January 2006, and Chris Ober (USA) was elected vice president.

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Part 2 of the Divisions Roundups from the 2005 GA will appear in the next issue of CI (Jan.-Feb. 2006)


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