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Vol. 32 No. 3
May-June 2010

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
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Heteroatom Chemistry

by Enrique Aguilar

The 9th International Conference on Heteroatom Chemistry (ICHAC-9) was held in the Auditorio Príncipe Felipe of Oviedo, Spain, from 30 June to 4 July 2009. This series of conferences has become an established international forum for the presentation and discussion of research results on the diverse fields of heteroatom chemistry.

Animated discussions took place during ICHAC-9 coffee-breaks and posters sessions. Photo: Miguel A. Maestro.

Previous ICHAC meetings have been held every three years in different countries: 2007 (Riverside, California, USA); 2004 (Shangai, China); 2001 (Lodz, Poland); 1998 (London, Ontario, Canada); 1995 (Seoul, Korea); 1992 (Riccione, Italy); 1989 (Albany, New York, USA); and 1987 (Kobe, Japan). For the ninth conference, ICHAC returned to Europe and became a biennial event. Following the tradition of these conferences, ICHAC-9 brought together 210 organic and inorganic chemists from 30 countries to share their interests in heteroatom chemistry, such as applications in synthesis, catalysis, polymers, and materials.

Following welcoming remarks by Prof. Barluenga, the conference commenced with the opening plenary lecture by Prof. Bertrand (Univ. of California, Riverside, USA) on “Carbenes and Bent-Allenes in Phosphorus Chemistry.” The closing plenary lecture was given by Prof. Lehn (Strasbourg Univ., France) on “Perspectives in Chemistry: From Supramolecular Chemistry towards Adaptive Chemistry.” In between, the following plenary lectures were presented:

  • Takeshi Akasaka (Tsukuba Univ., Japan), “New Vistas in Fullerene Endohedrals: Functionalization with Compounds from Main Group Elements”
  • Matthias Beller (Leibniz Inst. for Catalysis, Germany), “Coupling Reactions with Pd-, Ru- and Cu-catalysts: Mechanism and Industrial Applications”
  • Nobuaki Kambe (Osaka Univ., Japan), “Transition Metal Catalyzed Reaction of Alkyl Halides and Organochalcogen Compounds”
    Tien-Yau Luh (National Taiwan Univ., Taiwan), “Alternating Dialkylsilylene-Divinylarene Copolymers”
  • Shengming Ma (Shanghai Inst. of Org. Chem. China), “Electrophilic Reactions of Allenes and the Application in Organic Synthesis”
    Nazario Martín (Univ. Complutense de Madrid, Spain), “Organizing Donor-Acceptor Supramolecular Assemblies”
  • Robert E. Mulvey (Univ. of Strathclyde, United Kingdom), “Synergic Surprises from Bimetallic Molecules with Alkali Metal-Heteroatom Ligand-Metal Bridges”

In addition, 21 invited lectures and 48 short oral communications were also presented in parallel sessions. Another 68 communications were presented in several structured panel and posters sessions. An award for the best poster presented was given to the poster entitled “A Novel Aziridination-aza Diels-Alder Cascade Process that Converts Furans into N-substituted 1,2-Dihydropyridines,” presented by Manuel Romero Fructos (Univ. de Huelva, Spain).

Some of the organic chemistry students and post-docs of the Universidad de Oviedo who helped with the organization of ICHAC-9. Photo: Carlos Valdés.

Overall, the lectures and communications explored the state of the art of heteroatom chemistry as it was analyzed and discussed from many perspectives: heteroatom-bearing compounds as ligands in catalysis, as organocatalysts, as components of polymers and materials, heteroatom-heteroatom bonding, and synthesis of compounds bearing heteroatoms. A collection of 16 papers (based on plenary and invited lectures with the choice of oral contributions) has been published in Pure and Applied Chemistry (2010, Vol. 82, Issue 3; www.iupac.org/publications/
pac /82/3
).

ICHAC-10 will take place in Kyoto, Japan, sometime during summer 2011. Norihiro Tokitoh will be the conference chair.

Enrique Aguilar <eah@uniovi.es> is a professor of organic chemistry at the Universidad de Oviedo, Spain. He was the secretary of the ICHAC-9 Organizing Committee.


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