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Vol. 29 No. 2
March-April 2007

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
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Physical Organic Chemistry

by Tadeusz Marek Krygowski and Krzysztof Wozniak

The XVIII International Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry, held 20–25 August 2006 in Warsaw, Poland, was organized by the Department of Chemistry of Warsaw University and the Polish Chemical Society. The Organizing Committee was chaired by T.M. Krygowski.

Nobel Prize Winner Prof. R. Huber presenting the opening plenary lecture.

The conference began with an address by the chairman who defined its scope and topics and described scientific investigations in the vast field of physical organic chemistry. This branch of the field, which was born in the 1930s, originally concerned the mechanisms and kinetics of organic reactions and their dependence on structural and medium effects. The famous monograph by Louis Plack Hammett, entitled Physical Organic Chemistry and published in 1940, is considered a landmark in this area of research. Early research involved empirical models, which in a quantitative form allowed the investigator to interpret qualitatively a vast amount of numerical data for kinetics, equilibria, and, later, for other physicochemical, biochemical, medical, pharmaceutical, and technological properties of organic systems.

As a consequence of recent developments and research advancements, today the following fields all fall under the umbrella of physical organic chemistry: organic chemistry, bio-organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, theoretical chemistry, catalytic chemistry, phothochemistry, supramolecular chemistry, reaction mechanisms, reactive intermediates, novel structures, reactivity relationships, solvent, substituents, isotope and solid state effects, long-lived charges, sextet or open-shell species, magnetic, non-linear optical and conducting molecules, and molecular recognition. Contributions from all these fields were presented at the XVIII ICPOC Conference in Warsaw.

Undoubtedly, research breakthroughs in the above-mentioned branches of physical organic chemistry have led to the development of new technologies, which in turn have lead to improvements in our every day lives. This is one of the most important reasons for IUPAC to support these kind of conferences. Our conference is one of many IUPAC activities and we feel happy that we could contribute as organizers as well as participants. With so many distinguished scientists, the meeting will likely lead to fruitful scientific developments, but it also helped to encourage new friendships and collaborations.

Participants at the XVIII International Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry in Warsaw, Poland.

About 220 researchers from 31 countries participated in the conference, which featured eight plenary lectures:

  • R. Huber (Nobel laureate, Germany), “Molecular Machines in Biology”
  • Yonath (Israel), “The Spectacular Ribosomal Architecture: Nascent Proteins Voyage towards Folding vis Antibiotics Binding-Pockets”
  • P. Coppens (USA), “Time-Resolved Diffraction Studies of Molecular Excited States and Beyond”
  • K.S. Kim (South Korea), “De Novo Design Based on Nano-Recognition: Functional Molecules/Materials and Nanosensors/Nanodevices”
  • I.P. Beletskaya (Russia), “Mechanistic Aspects and Synthetic Application of Carbon-Carbon and Carbon-Heteroatom Bonds Formation in Substitution and Addition Reactions Catalyzed by Transition Metal Complexes”
  • S. Fukuzumi (Japan), “New Development of Electron Transfer Catalytic Systems”
  • D. Braga (Italy), “Making Crystals from Crystals: A Green Route to Crystal Engineering and Polymorphism”
  • L. Latos-Grazynski (Poland), “Carbaporphyrinoids: Exploring Metal Ion-Arene Interaction in a Macrocyclic Environment”

The conference also featured eight plenary lectures, 17 invited talks, and 51 oral communications presented during two parallel sessions. There were also more than 100 poster presentations. Lecture titles are available at <http://science24.com/event/icpoc18/>.

A Polish folk group performs during the conference banquet.

Three IUPAC Poster Prizes were awarded: Two were decided by the Scientific Jury and one was decided by a public vote. The General Category Prize went to Natasza Spruta, Wrocław University, Poland for her poster entitled: “Dithia- and Dioxadiazuliporphyrin: Facile Generation of Carbaporphyrinoid Cation Radical and Dication.” The Young Scientist Award was presented to Teresa M. Duarte, Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination, France, for her poster “Synthesis and Excited State Properties of a[60] Fullerene Derivative Bearing a Star-Shaped Multi-Photon Absorption Chromophore.” The Public Vote Prize was awarded to Anna Kropidłowska, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland, for her poster “Metal Silanethiolates with Aminopyridines as Coligands—the Role of N-H…S Bond.”

Tadeusz Marek Krygowski <tmkryg@chem.uw.edu.pl> was chairman of the Program Committee and Krzysztof Wozniak <kwozniak@chem.uw.edu.pl> was chairman of the Local Organizing Committee for this meeting. Both are professors in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warsaw.


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