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Vol. 30 No. 6
November-December 2008

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

Solid State Chemistry

by Milan Drábik, Peter Komadel, Tomáš Grygar

The IUPAC-sponsored 8th Conference on Solid State Chemistry (SSC 2008) was focused on the branches of solid-state and materials chemistry. Held from 6 to 11 July 2008 in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, the event attracted not only scientists but the producers of new materials and technologies. The scientific program of SSC 2008 comprised seven sessions:

  • Synthesis and Characterization of Materials
  • Crystal, Electronic and Magnetic Structure
  • Electrochemistry and Molten Salts
  • Chemistry of Glasses
  • Novel Inorganic Materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Layered Compounds, Clathrates, and Intercalates
  • Deposited Films and Surface Chemistry

SSC 2008 was the continuation of the former Conference on Solid State Chemistry, which was held biannually in the Czech and Slovak Republics. It was organized by the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, the Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology of Slovak University of Technology, and the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Comenius University. The conference continues to provide a friendly atmosphere for the exchange of new results and ideas within and between the groups active in different areas of solid state and materials chemistry.

The conference, which took place at the Družba Conference Center of Comenius University, had over 200 participants from 29 countries, and featured 18 invited talks, 73 lectures, and 146 posters. The complete list of presentations is available at <www.ssc2008.sav.sk>. Following is a sampling of the invited talks and speakers:

  • What Is “Materials Chemistry”? (P. Day, UK, the outcomes of the IUPAC project 2005-001-1-200 —Towards Defining Materials Chemistry)
  • Multifunctionality and Switching in Magnetic Molecular Materials (E.M. Coronado, Spain)
  • Electrochemistry of Refractory Metals in Molten Salts; Application for Creation of New and Functional Materials (S. Kuznetsov, Russia)
  • Ion Transfer Across a Polarized Room Temperature Ionic Liquid Membrane (Z. Samec, Czech Republic)
  • Highly Efficient Nanocrystalline Titania Films for Photocatalysis; Applications to Solar Energy Conversion Devices (P. Lianos, Greece)

The contributions to SSC 2008 will be published in three international journals. The authors of invited talks have been officially invited by the scientific editor of Pure and Applied Chemistry to submit manuscripts, with anticipated publication at the beginning of year 2009. In addition, lecturers will have the option of submitting manuscripts of research articles, communications, or reviews based upon lectures or posters to the Central European Journal of Chemistry and Chemical Papers.

The 9th Conference on Solid State Chemistry will be held in mid-September 2010 in Prague, Czech Republic. A web-page containing an online “expression of interest” form is already active:<www.ssc2010.cz>.

Milan Drábik <Milan.Drabik@savba.sk> is a senior scientist in the Ceramics Department of the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic. He is an associate member of Division II of IUPAC and was a member of the Organizing Committee of SSC 2008, as well as conference editor.

Peter Komadel <Peter.Komadel@savba.sk>) is the head of the Department of Silicates, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic. He is president of the Slovak Clay Group and was Chairman of the organizing committee of SSC 2008.

Tomáš Grygar <grygar@iic.cas.cz> is head of the Analytical Laboratory at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic. He is a member of the organizing committee of SSC 2010.


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