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Macromol. Symp., Vol. 183, 2002, pp. 1-210

IUPAC International Symposium on
Ionic Poylmerization (IP'0l)

Macromolecular Division
October 22-26, 2001
Crete, Greece

Symposium Editors, Nikos Hadjichristidis and Hermis Iatrou
Wiley-VCH, 2002, pp. 1-210
ISBN 3-527-30473-8

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The IUPAC International Symposium on Ionic Polymerization (IP'0l) was held in Creta Maris Hotel, Crete, Greece, from October 22-26, 2001. The European Polymer Federation, the Greek Polymer Society, the University of Athens and the Greek Chemists Association gave their support to the Symposium.

The International Symposia on Ionic Polymerizations have a long history. They were started in late forties/early fifties by Professor David Pepper in Dublin, Ireland and Professor Peter Plesch, in Keele, Great Britain. At that time cationic was the dominant field of ionic polymerization. Then, after the discovery of "living polymerization" by Professor Michael Szwarc, a series of more or less formal meetings were organized in the field of anionic polymerization. Two decades later, in 1975, the first IUPAC Symposium on Ring-Opening Polymerization was organized in Warsaw, Poland.

The concerted efforts of a group of brave scientists, working in anionic, cationic, and ring-opening polymerizations converted these separated meetings into a chain of Symposia unifying all fields of ionic polymerizations. Istanbul (1995), Paris (1997) and Kyoto (1999) were the host cities of the three first Ionic Polymerization Symposia.

The Crete Symposium is the fourth of this new series, but the first to incorporate, we think rightly, lectures on polymer physical chemistry and physics. There were altogether over 240 active participants from about 30 countries. In total, 66 invited lectures, 29 oral lectures and 9 1 posters were presented.

The organization of IP'Ol was made possible with the help and collaboration of all members of the scientific and organizing committees. We deeply thank these colleagues and particularly Drs Marinos Pitsikalis and Stergios Pispas.

We are also grateful to all speakers for accepting our invitation and attending IP'01, despite the tragic event of September 1 1th. The following invited speakers delivered excellent lectures, not included in this issue: A.-C. Albertsson, T. Aida, K. Almdal, F. Bates, S. Boileau, A. Eisenberg, T. Endo, R. Faust, S. Gido, Y. Gnanou, D. Haddleton, H. Höcker, T. Hogen-Esch, B. Ivan, R. Jérôme, A. Khokhlov, J. Klein, P. Kubisa, L. Leibler, C. Mathis, J. Mays, K. Mortensen, M. MöIler, K. Müllen, A. Müller, B. Novak, C. Ober, C. Pugh, W. Radke, J. Roovers, M. Sawamoto, V. Shibaev, S. Sivaram, H. Spiess, C. Tsvetanov, M. Van Beylen, R. Young, G. Wegner.

Finally our thanks are also going to the following corporations for their financial support: the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs; ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, USA; ExxonMobil Chemicals, European Sci. & Eng. Programme; MALVA Ltd-WATERS; Techline S.A. ; Agmartin ; INTERCHEM; Analytical Equipments/Dr K.Vamvakas; HELLAMCO A.E. and ASTERIADIS S.A.

Nikos Hadjichristidis
Hermis Iatrou
Athens, October 2001

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