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Vol. 31 No. 5
September-October 2009

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POLYCHAR-16 World Forum on Advanced Materials
Michael Hess (ed.)
Macromolecular Symposia, Vol. 277, March 2009
doi:10.1002/masy.200990004

The POLYCHAR 16: World Forum on Advanced Materials, organized by the University of Lucknow, was held from 17 to 21 February 2008 in the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The annual POLYCHAR conferences have been sponsored by IUPAC for several years and are known for combining the broad field of materials sciences with a clear focus on polymeric materials (the name “POLYCHAR” is derived from the term “polymer characterization”).

As in past years, POLYCHAR puts emphasis on the quality of research presented - in contrast to maximizing the number of participants. The areas covered include nanomaterials and smart materials; natural and biodegradable materials and recycling; materials synthesis; polymers for energy; rheology, solutions, and processing; mechanical properties and performance; characterization and structure-property relationships; biomaterials and tissue engineering; dielectric and electrical properties; surfaces, interfaces, and tribology; and predictive methods. Symptomatically, the number of papers on “green” science was higher than at POLYCHAR 15 in Búzios, Rio de Janeiro, in 2007.

This conference volume represents only a small fraction of the multitude of contributions from different parts of materials science—48 oral contributions and 170 posters. Many of the contributions have review character, some represent excellent original contributions. Only a small number could be selected for this volume because of the limited space that is available.

In addition to this Macromolecular Symposia volume, an issue of Pure and Applied Chemistry (2009, Vol. 81, Issue 3) includes reports from this event <www.iupac.org/publications/pac/81/3/>.


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