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Chemistry International
Vol. 23, No. 1
January 2001


New Books and Publications

Macromolecular Symposia, Vol. 156: Macromolecule-Metal Complexes (MMC8).

Symposium Editor, Eishun Tsuchida; Coeditors, Masao Kaneko and Teruyuki Komatsu; Editor, I. Meisel; Associate Editor, S. Spiegel; Assistant Editors, H. Beattie and C. S. Kniep. Published by Wiley-VCH, July 2000, pp. 1-284. ISBN 3-527- 30135-6 (ISSN 1022-1360).

This issue contains plenary and invited lectures delivered at the 8thIUPAC International Symposium on Macromolecule-Metal Complexes (MMC-8 Tokyo), which was held at Ibuka Memorial Hall, the International Conference Center of Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, 5-9 September 1999.

Conference report by Prof. Kazuyuki Horie (CI March 2000, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 41-42)

Contents and Preface

The field of MMC is now receiving much attention not only in chemistry and macromolecular science, but also as a frontier material system with numerous molecular functions. Since the first symposium, MMC-1, that was held in Beijing in 1985, the biennial IUPAC MMC symposia have been providing a special opportunity for scientists in this research field to meet each other and to become aware of the most recent progress in MMC.

Around 280 delegates from 20 different countries attended MMC-8. In addition to 8 plenary and 27 invited lectures, contributed papers were presented in 6 oral contributions and 100 posters. The well-organized program and outstanding facilities of the conference center provided excellent possibilities for extended discussions among the delegates. The theme of this symposium focused on the role of MMC in the recent development of macromolecular sciences and technologies.

The latest results in the fundamental part, which are related to multielectron transfers, supramolecules, dendrimers, and molecular recognition, and in advanced technologies, such as photoenergy devices, sensors, catalysis, electronics, and biomaterials, were widely discussed by a variety of scientists. Furthermore, the "priority session" took place with a strong involvement of industrial participants. This session focused on secondary batteries and portable fuel cells, which is a growing superior technology related to MMC science, especially in Japan.

One of the factors that made this symposium successful was the large number and the positive attitude of the younger participants who will bear the next generation.

On the other hand, MMC prizes were awarded to the eight representative senior scientists who contributed significantly to the development of MMC. It is hoped that delegates left MMC-8 with new knowledge and new friendships that will lead to many contributions for further progress in this research field in the forthcoming century.

The 9th IUPAC International Symposium on Macromolecule- Metal Complexes (MMC-9) will be held in Brooklyn, New York, USA, 19-23 August 2001. Finally, the editor would like to thank all who have contributed to this symposium and express particular appreciation to them.

Prof. Eishun Tsuchida
Department of Polymer Chemistry,
ARISE Waseda University
Tokyo, Japan


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