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Organizations & People
Report from IUPAC-Sponsored
6th International Workshop on High-Temperature Superconductors
and Novel Inorganic Materials Engineering (MSU-HTSC VI),
24-30 June 2001, Moscow to St. Petersburg, Russia
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This workshop was organized by the Departments of Chemistry and
Materials Science of the Moscow State University. The workshop was
held on a boat ("Fedor Shalyapin") going from Moscow (departure:
24 June 2001) to St. Petersburg (arrival: 30 June 2001). The meeting
was superbly organized by our Russian colleagues, Prof. Yu. D. Tret'yakov,
Prof. E. V. Antipov, Prof. A. R. Kaul, and Dr. R. V. Shpanchenko.
More than 200 participants from all over the world contributed 9
plenary lectures, 73 oral presentations, and 107 posters. The evening
poster sessions never stopped before midnight; scientific discussions
continued during the "white nights". The central part of the scientific
program was focused on superconductivity and oxide materials, including
theoretical aspects, structure/ property relationships, and applications.
However, time was also allowed for nonoxide materials. Of course,
the boride superconductor was also presented in two plenary lectures
given by Prof. J. Akimutsu (Japan) and Prof. J. Jorgensen (USA).
These results contributed to an intensive and sometimes controversial
roundtable discussion on "Design of new inorganic materials".
The workshop was a real treat-not least because of the excursion
program that was offered every day during a boat stop for a few
hours. We saw impressive monasteries, churches, and icons during
the excursions and fascinating scenery during the boat trip. And,
finally, we reached wonderful St. Petersburg! Congratulations and
thanks again to the organizers.
Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Kniep
Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Physik fester Stoffe
Nöthnitzer Strasse 40
01187 Dresden, Germany
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