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Vol. 33 No. 2
March-April 2011

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
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Chemical Thermodynamics

by Kazuya Saito and Mary Anne White

The 21st IUPAC International Conference on Chemical Thermodynamics (ICCT-2010), held 31 July to 6 August 2010 at Tsukuba Science City, Japan, was the 21st conference in a series of biennial meetings organized by the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics; the previous two were held in Warsaw, Poland (2008), and in Boulder, Colorado, USA (2006).

About 600 participants from 36 countries on five continents attended this conference. In addition, about 100 audience members attended two pre-conference public lectures presented by Conference Chair T. Atake (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan) and M.A. White (Dalhousie University, Canada). In the scientific sessions, 10 plenary lectures (including the 2010 Rossini award lecture), 40 invited talks, and 198 oral and 302 poster contributions were presented.

IUPAC Vice President Kazuyuki Tatsumi delivers the opening address in the presence of Their Majesties, The Emperor and The Empress of Japan (right).

The conference officially began on 1 August with the opening ceremony and welcome reception, both of which were attended by special guests, Their Majesties: The Emperor and The Empress of Japan. In the opening ceremony, delegates were welcomed by T. Atake. He was followed by I. Kanazawa (SCJ president), Y. Iwasawa (CSJ president), K. Tatsumi (IUPAC vice president and official IUPAC representative), and A. Goodwin (IACT president). T. Kawabata, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and also Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy, offered a message of welcome from the prime minister of Japan and gave an address that emphasized the importance of science and technology for human society. The ceremony was closed with remarks by H. Yoshida (JSCTA president).

The scientific program covered a variety of topics:

  • Gerd Maurer (Germany): “Phase Equilibria in Chemical Reactive Fluid Mixtures” (2010 Rossini Award lecture)
  • Peter W. Atkins (UK): “Teaching Thermodynamics: The Challenge”
  • Michael L. Klein (USA): “Computer Simulation Studies of Self-Assembling Macromolecules”
  • Bill Jones (UK): “Mechanochemistry, Cocrystals, and New Pharmaceutical Solid Forms”
  • S. Prasanna Kumar (India): “Global Warming and Regional Response: An Example from the Indian Ocean”
  • Pertti Koukkari (Finland): “Gibbs Free Energy Methods for Constrained and Partial Equilibria”
  • Costas Panayiotou (Greece): “From Molecular Cavities to Macropores for Tissue Engineering: A Journey with Thermodynamics”
  • Suphat Watanasiri (USA): “On-Demand Critically Evaluated Thermophysical Properties Data in Process Simulation”
  • Marcelo Jaime (USA): “Testing Exotic States of Matter in Extreme Magnetic Fields”
  • Masao Doi (Japan): “Variational Principle in Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics”

Oral contributions and invited talks were presented in seven parallel sessions of 16 symposia/workshops: Fluids and Fluid Mixtures; Phase Equilibria; Foods and Pharmaceuticals; Biothermodynamics; Colloids & Interfaces; Thermochemistry and Molecular Energetics; Environmental Issues; Industrial Applications, Databases, and Software; Theory and Simulation; Organic Materials and Polymers; Inorganic Materials and Metals; New Techniques; Education in Chemical Thermodynamics; Special Session in Honor of Prof. S. Seki and Prof. H. Suga; Energy with Subsections on Petroleum, Coal, and Alternative Sources; Calorimetry with Commercial Relaxation Instruments.

From the 302 posters presented, three IUPAC Poster Prizes were chosen by a selection committee consisting of six international members; the awards were presented at the closing ceremony.

The IUPAC-sponsored conference was supported by the Science Council of Japan, The Chemical Society of Japan, and The Japan Society of Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis. Additional financial assistance was provided by the Commemorative Organization for the Japan World Exposition ‘70, The Japan Society for the Advancement of Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis, Tsukuba Expo ‘85 Memorial Foundation, The Asahi Glass Foundation, City of Tsukuba, The Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacture’s Associations of Japan, Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd., Miwa MFG Co. Ltd., and by the University of Tsukuba.

The social program included a half-day excursion to a historic shrine and science exhibits inside Tsukuba Science City (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), followed by a banquet.

ICCT-2010 provided an open, collaborative environment for researchers from a wide range of fields of science and engineering. ICCT-2012 will be held in August 2012 in Búzios, Brazil.

Kazuya Saito <kazuya@chem.tsukuba.ac.jp>, a professor at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, was executive secretary of the conference. Mary Anne White, a professor at Dalhousie University, Canada, was a member of the international advisory board, a presenter of a public lecture, and co-chair of a workshop at ICCT-2010.


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