Editor: H. Pasch and R.D.
Wiley-VCH, 2005, pp. 1-237
Chemistry for Life Division in Paris has awarded 13 Associated
Centres for research in chemical science and education.
One of these is the UNESCO Associated Centre for Macromolecules
& Materials, which is part of the Chemistry Department
of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
part of its activities, UNESCO encourages and sponsors
UNESCO Schools and scientific conferences in collaboration
with scientifc associations such as the International
Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). The UNESCO
School and Conference on Macromolecules & Materials
Science is held annually at different locations in South
Africa (website: http://academic.sun.ac.za/unesco/).
World authorities in various fields of macromolecular
science are invited to give tutorials at the UNESCO School
and informative plenaries at the conference. The exposure
to new ideas and advanced concepts in macromolecular science
is of great importance for South African students and
senior staff alike coming from different universities
and research institutions. It is particularly valuable
that with the support of UNESCO generous concessions can
be made for attendees from disadvantaged communities and
from countries with emerging technologies.
Conference focused on polymers in medicine, nanotechnology,
degradation and stabilization. Abridged versions of
a number of papers are compiled to create the present
volume of Macromolecular Symposia. The content of the
papers is also available in the Virtual Teaching Encyclopaedia,
which contains papers from previous UNESCO conferences
as well (website: http://academic.sun.ac.za/unesco/).