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The IUPAC International Conference on Novel Materials and Synthesis (NMS), initiated in 2005 in Shanghai, was held 14–19 October 2012 in Xi’an, China. Since then, it has been jointly held with the International Symposium on Fine Chemistry and Functional Polymers (FCFP). The latter began in 1987 in China and has been held on an almost annual basis since then. This year marked the eighth time both conferences were jointly held.
The conference, attended by 300 participants from 32 countries, received 292 abstracts. Xi’an University of Science and Technology, Shaanxi University of Science & Technology, and Fudan University collaborated to organize NMS-VIII & FCFP-XXII, which was sponsored by IUPAC, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and Division of Science and Technology of Shaanxi Province.
The main topics of the conference were novel materials related to carbon, organic compounds, bio- and biobased materials, polymers, energy materials, nanomaterials, ceramic materials, metallic materials, and other novel materials. Among the lecturers were eminent scientists such as Wei Huang (member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China), Masahiro Yamashita (Tohoku University, Japan), Hans-Joachim Knöker (Technische University Dresden, Germany), Gordon G. Wallace (Members of Australia Academy of Engineering and Australia Academy of Sciences, University of Wollongong, Australia), Gang Wei (CSIRO, Australia), Jieshan Qiu (Dalian University of Technology and Xi’an University of Science and Technology, China), Bao-Lian Su (Member of Belgium Academy of Science, The University of Namur, Belgium), John Texter (Eastern Michigan University, USA). Speakers from companies also discussed the latest developments in novel materials.
Three participants from Japan, Sweden, and China won the IUPAC Poster Prize. In addition, the 2012 Distinguished Award for Novel Materials and their Synthesis was given to Sachio Asaoka (Japan), Christoph Bubeck (Germany), Hui-Ming Cheng (China), and Takayoshi Nakamura (Japan).
The social program of the conference included a nighttime cruise along the ancient walls of Xi’an City, a historical performance, and a day-long city tour that included the famous Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum.
The next conference in this series will be held in Shanghai, China, 17–21 October 2013, and the following one in Zhengzhou in October 2014.
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