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Vol. 31 No. 1
January-February 2009

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
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Molecular Order and Mobility in Polymer Systems

by Tatiana Birshtein

The 6th International Symposium on Molecular Order and Mobility in Polymer Systems, held 2-6 June 2008 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, was the extension of the symposia series organized by the Institute of Macromolecular Compounds of the Russian Academy of Science (RAS). The symposium involved a very wide range of participants, not only in terms of the countries, universities, and laboratories they represented, but also in the positions they held in polymer science and their ages and qualifications.

The co-organizers of the symposium, dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the institute, were the Department of Chemistry and Material Science and the Scientific Polymer Council of RAS. The symposium was supported and sponsored by the IUPAC, the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, Saint-Petersburg Research Center of RAS, and ZAO L’Oreal.

The main aim of the symposium was to discuss the physics and chemistry involved in complex stimuli-responsive polymer systems with nano-structure organization and “soft” order preserving a pronounced molecular mobility. The experimental data and the results of theory and simulation were presented. The equilibrium properties of polymer systems also received attention.
Symposium topics were as follows:

  • linear macromolecules, branched and star polymers, and dendrimers in solutions
  • copolymers and polymer blends
  • polymer brushes
  • polymer micelles and complexes of different topologies
  • polymer networks
  • liquid crystalline polymer systems

At the opening ceremony participants remembered the well-known researchers P.-G. de Gennes, Nobel laureate, and V. Kabanov and N. Plate, academicians of RAS, who died last year and who actively participated at former symposia.

The conference involved 18 invited lectures, 63 oral communications, and 266 poster presentations. Lecturers were from Russia, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Greece, Bulgaria, Chile, Mexico, Finland, USA, Canada, and other countries. Thirty-five young scientists received financial support from IUPAC to attend the event.

Symposium papers will be published in a volume of Macromolecular Symposia. The next conference in the series is planned for 2011.

Tatiana Birshtein <birshtein@imc.macro.ru> was symposium chairman. She is a professor at the Institute of Macromolecular Compounds of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia.


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