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Vol. 30 No. 3
May-June 2008

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
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Modern Physical Chemistry for Advanced Materials

by Yuriy Kholin and Nikolay Mchedlov-Petrossyan

On 26–30 June 2007, V. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Kharkiv, Ukraine) hosted the international conference Modern Physical Chemistry for Advanced Materials (MPC’07). The conference celebrated the 100th birthday of Soviet chemist Nikolai Izmailov (1907–1961). The conference was organized under the auspices of IUPAC by V. Karazin Kharkiv National University in cooperation with the L.M. Litvinenko Institute of Physico-Organic Chemistry and Coal Chemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Donetsk, Ukraine) and the Physical Chemistry Department of the Ukrainian Chemical Society.

Christian Amatore, chairman of the International Scientific Committee.

Christian Amatore, a member of the French Academy of Sciences, acted as chairman of the International Scientific Committee and as IUPAC representative. Nikolay Mchedlov-Petrossyan (V. Karazin Kharkiv National University) was cochairman. Anatoliy Popov, a member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and director of the L.M. Litvinenko Institute of Physico-Organic Chemistry and Coal Chemistry, was chairman, and Vil Bakirov, Rector of V. Karazin Kharkiv National University, served as cochairman of the International Organizing Committee.

Altogether, 170 participants from 23 countries took part in the conference, representing Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Japan, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Iran, Korea, Romania, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Both well-known experts and young researchers were present.

Conference participants in front of the main entry to V. Karazin Kharkiv National University.

The conference started with the presentation of the book Scientific Heritage of N.A. Izmailov and Topical Problems of Physical Chemistry, (V. Lebed, N. Mchedlov-Petrossyan, and Yu. Kholin, eds.; V. Karazin Kharkiv National University, 2007, 675 p.) to the academic community and mass media. The book contains reminiscences about Izmailov’s life and scientific activity, several papers and reviews in relevant fields of physical chemistry written by contemporary authors, and the second edition of the monograph V. Aleksandrov “Acidity of Non-Aqueous Solutions.”

The conference program included 65 plenary, keynote, and oral papers and 111 poster presentations. The main emphasis was on the contribution of physical chemistry to modern materials science. The presentations were organized around the following main topics:

  • supramolecular chemistry, nanochemistry, hybrid materials, microreactors, and sensors
  • physical chemistry of true and organized solutions (thermodynamics, physico-organic chemistry, electrochemistry, and spectroscopic methods)
  • physical chemistry of interfaces, catalysis, and chromatography
  • theoretical methods in modeling molecules and molecular assemblies; computer synthesis and design of materials

The chairpersons of plenary sessions and conference symposia were V. Berezkin (Russia); N. Funasaki, M. Hojo, and E. Osawa (all from Japan); C. Reichardt and W. Schröer (Germany); E. Tyihak (Hungary); A. Walcarius (France); and V. Cheranovskii, A. Doroshenko, O. Gryzodub, V. Kalchenko, G. Kamalov, A. Korobov, L. Loginova, A. Popov, and V. Zaitsev (all from Ukraine).

During the oral and poster sessions there were many fruitful discussions and exchanges of opinions and papers. New contacts were established, and plans for cooperation were designed.
Information about the conference was published on the internet <http://izmailov2007.univer.kharkov.ua> and in local mass media. In addition, the proceedings will appear in special issues of the journals Pure and Applied Chemistry, Molecular Liquids, the Russian Journal of Physical Chemistry, and Functional Materials (Ukraine).

Anatoliy Popov,
chairman of the International Organizing Committee.

During the conference, the mantle of Doctor Honoris Causa was delivered to Yoshitaka Gushikem of Brazil, a member of the International Scientific Committee of the conference. It is appropriate to mention that the senate of V. Karazin Kharkiv National University on 29 November 2007 gave the same award to another outstanding chemist and a member of the International Scientific Committee, Christian Reichardt (Germany).

The conference’s social events included a classical music concert, a welcome party, a conference reception, sightseeing tours of Kharkiv, an excursion to Chuguev (native city of the great Russian painter Il’ya Repin), and an all-day excursion to the typical Ukrainian city of Poltava.

The conference would not have been possible without the generous help of IUPAC, V. Karazin Kharkiv National University, the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences, the Alumni Association of V. Karazin Kharkiv National University, the State Scientific Institution “Institute of Single Crystals” (Kharkiv), the Scientific Council of Analytical Chemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, AllConferences.Com, Kharkiv University graduate S.N. Goncharov, the companies SAGMEL, Inc. (United States) and Zdorovye (Ukraine), and an anonymous sponsor from Russia.

After the conference, the organizing committee received many letters from participants congratulating it on this successful international event.

Yuriy Kholin <kholin@univer.kharkov.ua> was the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee and was a member of the International Organizing Committee. He is vice-rector and the head of the Materials Chemistry Department of V. Karazin Kharkiv National University.

Nikolay Mchedlov-Petrossyan <Nikolay.O.Mchedlov@univer.kharkov.ua> was the cochairman of the International Scientific Committee for this conference. He is the head of the Physical Chemistry Department of V. Karazin Kharkiv National University.


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