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Vol. 23, No. 1
January 2001


New Books and Publications

Macromolecular Symposia, Vol. 157: Ionic Polymerization.

Symposium Editor, Shiro Kobayashi; Editor, I. Meisel; Associate Editor, S. Spiegel; Assistant Editors, H. Beattie and C. S. Kniep. Published by Wiley-VCH, July 2000, pp. 1- 257. ISBN 3-527-30136-4 (ISSN 1022-1360).

The IUPAC International Symposium on Ionic Polymerization (IP’99) was held 19-23 July 1999 in Kyoto, Japan.

Conference report by Prof. Stanislaw Penczek (CI May 2000, Vol. 22, No. 3, pp. 79-80).

Contents and Preface

The symposium was also sponsored by the Chemical Society of Japan; the Society of Polymer Science, Japan; the Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan; and the Japan Chemical Innovation Institute. IP’99 is regarded as the third symposium in the series of International Symposia on Ionic Polymerization, following up the successful symposia in Istanbul (1995) and in Paris (1997).

The symposium aimed to bring together scientists and engineers from all over the world who are interested in ionic polymerization and related areas and to promote research development in these fields by an exchange of information and stimulating new ideas. The research area covered in this symposium was directed toward the traditional field of cationic, anionic, and ring-opening polymerizations, as well as more broadly to polymer synthesis, including radical polymerization, metal-catalyzed polymerization, polycondensation, enzymatic polymerization, and new polymer architecture.

Approximately 260 active participants from 14 countries attended the symposium. A total of 94 oral reports, including invited lectures, were presented in two parallel sessions, and 61 posters were also presented. The presentations were of high quality and at the cutting edge of science and technology in these fields. Very vivid and excellent discussions took place during and after the scientific program, definitely contributing to the realization of the purpose of this symposium. This special issue of Macromolecular Symposia covers the papers from invited lectures, which will help scientists and engineers to find the future direction in ionic polymerization, as well as in other important fields in polymer synthesis.

The organization of this symposium was made possible with the help and collaboration of all the Committee and Board members. We deeply thank these people for their big effort. Our sincere thanks go to the following corporations for their support: Ajinomoto Co., Inc.; Asahi Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.; Asahi Glass Co.; Daicel Chemical Industries, Ltd.; Daikin Industries, Ltd.; Denki Kagaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha; DuPont Kabushiki Kaisha; Harima Chemicals, Inc.; Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.; Japan Chemical Innovation Institute; Japan PMC Corporation; JSR Corporation; Kaneka Corporation; Kuraray Co., Ltd.; Lion Corporation; Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd.; Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.; Nippon Zeon Co., Ltd.; Nissei Sangyo Co., Ltd.; Polyplastics Co., Ltd.; Sumimoto Bakelite Co., Ltd.; Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.; and Toyo Ink MFG Co., Ltd.

Prof. Shiro Kobayashi
Department of Materials Chemistry
Graduate School of Engineering
Kyoto University Kyoto,


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