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Vol. 29 No. 2
March-April 2007

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
See also www.iupac.org/symposia

High Temperature Materials Chemistry

by Herbert Ipser and Adolf Mikula


The 12th International IUPAC Conference on High Temperature Materials Chemistry (HTMC XII), held 17–22 September 2006, in Vienna, Austria, was the twelfth conference in a series of triennial meetings, with the previous two held in 2000 in Juelich (Germany), and in 2003 in Tokyo (Japan).

Conference participants in front of the Esterhazy palace in Eisenstadt, capital of the Austrian province of Burgenland.

The conference, which was IUPAC sponsored, was organized by the Department of Inorganic Chemistry/Materials Chemistry of the University of Vienna, the Austrian Chemical Society, and the Department of Materials Chemistry of the Vienna University of Technology. The local organizing committee was chaired by Adolf Mikula and Herbert Ipser of the University of Vienna. Special patronage was granted by the Austrian Federal Minister for Education, Science, and Culture and by the mayor of the City of Vienna.

More than 150 participants from 25 countries came to Vienna to present their research and to engage in lively scientific discussions. A considerable number of scientists, especially from Russia and some eastern countries, were able to attend the conference for the first time, partly due to financial support from the local organizers, who were able to offer reduced or waived registration fees. Many young scientists made new contacts with each other and with senior colleagues.

The scientific topics of the meeting ranged from basic science (e.g., Experimental Thermodynamics and Modeling, Structure and Dynamics of High Temperature Materials, and High Temperature Liquid Phase Chemistry) to more applied topics (such as Lamp Chemistry or Lead-Free Soldering). The program contained nine plenary lectures, corresponding to the main topics, and two special lectures on topics of more general interest: “Do Universities Prepare for Industrial Careers” (by Knuth Consemüller, chairman of the Austrian Council for Science and Technology Development) and “The Arts: What Use to Materials Science” (by Mark Miodownik). In addition, there were 51 oral presentations and 100 posters that were on display for the entire week.

IUPAC sponsored three poster awards. The winners, as selected by an international jury, were Dario Manara of Italy (“The Uranium-Oxygen Phase Diagram at High Temperature: Recent Advances”), Yuriy Plevachuk of Ukraine (“Density and Electrical Conductivity of Liquid Al-Fe and Al-Ni Binary Alloys”), and Jiri Popovic of the Czech Republic (“Thermodynamic Optimization of the Ni-Al-W System”). The winners received a two-year subscription to Chemistry International, a copy of the IUPAC Gold Book, and a certificate signed by the IUPAC president.

www.univie.ac.at/htmc06

Adolf Mikula <Adolf.Mikula@univie.ac.at> was chairman of the Local Organizing Committee. Herbert Ipser <herbert.ipser@univie.ac.at> served as chairman of the Program Committee. Both are currently at the University of Vienna, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry/Materials Chemistry.


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