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Vol. 25 No. 3
May - June 2003

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
See also www.iupac.org/symposia

Photochemistry

by Silvia E. Braslavsky

The XIXth IUPAC Symposium on Photochemistry took place 14—19 July 2002 in the beautiful and pleasant capital city of Budapest, Hungary. The meetings, lectures, and posters showed again that "Photochimia vivat, floreat, crescat," as conference chairman Heinz Roth wrote in the book of abstracts from the conference. About 400 participants from 36 Countries discussed basic and applied photochemistry. There were eight plenary lectures delivered by the following:

  • R. Rigler, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, on single molecule spectroscopy
  • W. Lubitz, Max-Planck-Institut für Strahlenchemie, Germany, on primary processes in photosynthesis studied by advanced EPR techniques
  • Th. Bally, University of Fribourg, Switzerland on photochemistry of arylnitrenes
  • H. Tomioka, Mie University, Japan, on triplet carbenes
  • S. E. Braslavsky, Max-Planck-Institut für Strahlenchemie, Germany, on electron transfer reactions studied by laser-induced optoacoustic spectroscopy
  • S. R. Marder, University of Arizona, USA, on the utilization of two-photon excitation for 3D fabrication
  • D. G. Nocera, MIT, USA, on energy conversion at a molecular level
  • K. Hashimoto, University of Tokyo, Japan, on TiO2 photocatalysis

The Porter Medal, traditionally awarded at these symposia, was given to Joseph Michl, who delivered a lecture on oligosilanes. In addition, there were 16 invited lectures, 36 oral contributions, and 280 posters, covering all areas of photochemistry. The poster sessions were lively, with younger participants engaged in long discussion with the more senior participants. Two workshops were held. One on Fast Spectroscopy of Biological Systems and the other on Theory and Calculations in Photochemistry. The conference banquet was in a very nice setting. During the whole conference we enjoyed the hospitality of the Hungarian people and the famous Hungarian cooking.

It is a real pity that more colleagues from North and South America were unable to attend for financial reasons. These IUPAC-sponsored photochemistry symposia have always been of major interest to photochemists from the whole world and have served to present the newest developments in the field as well as to enable long-lasting scientific contacts and friendships. We hope that the next symposium in the series–planned for July 2004 in Granada, Spain (the scientific chair is M. A. Miranda from Valencia)–will result in greater participation of our colleagues from the USA, Canada, and those Latin American countries in which photochemistry already has a tradition, such as Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and Venezuela.

Silvia E. Braslavsky <braslavskys@mpi-muelheim.mpg.de> is from the Max- Planck-Institut für Strahlenchemie, in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. She is a member of the IUPAC Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division Committee and of the Subcommittee on Photochemistry.


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