Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No.2, March 2000

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8th International Symposium on Macromolecule-Metal Complexes (MMC-8)

5-8 September 1999,
Tokyo, Japan

This symposium was the eighth meeting in the series of symposia on Macromolecule-Metal Complexes (MMC) that have been held every two years, in turn, in Asia, America, and Europe. MMC-8 was attended by 219 participants from 19 countries, including 63 participants from overseas. It was organized by Waseda University and the Division of Macromolecular Complexes of the Japanese Society of Polymer Science.

MMC-8 was intended to provide a forum for expositions and discussion about the most recent progress on the bases and developments of macromolecule-metal complexes related to supramolecular assembly, multi-electron transfer reactions, and wide-ranging technologies such as secondary batteries, fuel cells, photoenergy conversion, sensors, catalysis, and microelectronics. The opening ceremony, held in Ibuka Memorial Hall of the International Conference Center, Waseda University, Tokyo, was quite impressive. There were 8 plenary lectures, 33 invited and oral presentations, 97 posters, and a priority session on batteries and portable fuel cells. Poster sessions and lectures were all well attended, discussions were lively, and the symposium achieved a great success. Outstanding speakers included J.-H. Fuhrhop, Free University of Berlin; K. Levon, Polytechnic University of Brooklyn; D. Wohrle, University of Bremen; N. Oyama, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology; F. Ciardelli, University of Pisa; G. A. Sykes, University of Newcastle; and J. Reedijk, Leiden University.

A welcoming reception, a short excursion to Asakusa (a tofu restaurant), including a night view of Tokyo, and the symposium banquet were all well organized, and participants enjoyed them very much.

Symposium President Prof. Eishun Tsuchida, Program Committee Chairman Prof. Masao Kaneko, and Executive Committee Chairman Prof. Hiroyuki Nishide are to be commended for presenting a symposium of the highest quality in terms of topics, speakers, and organization.

Professor Kazuyuki Horie
Titular Member, Commission on Macromolecular Nomenclature (IV.1)
University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan


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