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Vol. 33 No. 5
September-October 2011

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
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Applied Thermodynamics

The 25th European Symposium on Applied Thermodynamics (ESAT) was held at St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia, 24–27 June 2011. The local organizing committee was chaired by Natalia Smirnova and Alexey Victorov. ESAT was organized under the auspices of the Working Party on Thermodynamics and Transport Properties of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering, founded in 1953.

Anthony R.H. Goodwin, a titular member of the IUPAC Physical and Biophysical Division, addresses the delegates on behalf of IUPAC.

ESAT was founded by the late Helmut Knapp, formerly of the Technical University of Berlin, to stimulate discussion among Europeans practicing thermodynamics. The first ESAT was held in Berlin in 1974 and it has been held annually except when it occurs in the same year as Properties and Phase Equilibria for Product and Process Design, which convenes every three years. This conference has among its objectives the following: (1), bring together engineers and scientists from universities, industry, and research institutes to discuss chemical engineering thermodynamics; and (2), consider future applications, offer solutions for current problems, and discuss the present state of the art of thermodynamics.

ESAT has grown to be a truly international event with about 290 participants at the most recent conference (see group photo below), with contributions from European countries as well as Africa, Canada, China, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Argentina, United Arab Emirates, and the USA. There were nine oral and two poster sessions that included process product design, molecular thermodynamics, ionic liquids, surfactants, polymers and biological systems, interfacial phenomena, phase equilibria and thermophysical data measurement, analysis and predictive tools, and petroleum fluids. Following is a sampling of the 16 plenary and invited lectures:

  • G. Kontogeorgis, Danish Technical University, Denmark, presented “Industrial Requirements for Thermodynamics and Transport Properties—Before and Now.”
  • A. Galindo, Imperial College London, UK, presented “Phase Behaviour, Solubility and Salting Out in Aqueous Solution: SAFT Approaches and Computer Simulations.”
  • Mikhail Anisimov, University of Maryland, USA, presented “Liquid Water: A State Betweeen Two Critical Points.”
  • M. Francisco, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, presented “Desulfurization of Fuel Oils by Solvent Extraction with Ionic Liquids.”
  • J.P. Martin Trusler, Imperial College London, UK, presented “Fundamental Equation of State for Solid Phase I of Carbon Dioxide.”
  • E. Voutsas, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, presented “Phase Equilibrium in Natural Gas Mixtures.”
  • K. Saito, University of Tsukuba, Japan, presented “Restricted Dynamics of Hydrocarbon Chain in the Lamellar Phase of Lipid-Water Systems.”


As the conference was held during the International Year of Chemistry, it was particularly pertinent that ESAT was sponsored by IUPAC and held at St. Petersburg State University, where Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev produced the first periodic table. The conference included a presentation by C. Nieto de Castro describing the impact of Mendeleev on a wide variety of chemical topics. Anthony R.H. Goodwin, titular member of the IUPAC Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division, addressed the delegates on behalf of IUPAC.

A significant number of oral presentations and posters were given by students. Eight awards were given for posters: (a), the Helmut Knapp Junior award, which is granted by ESAT for the best poster; (b), two from Nertzsch for the best application of calorimetry and thermal analysis; and (c), five from the International Association for Chemical Thermodynamics, which is an IUPAC Associated Organization, for posters presented by Young Scientists. On this occasion, the Helmut Knapp award was presented by Prof. E. Neau, President of the ESAT International Steering Committee, to S. Tsyrulnikov who is a M.Sc. student from St. Petersburg State University. Recipients of the IACT Poster Awards were as follows: (I), Ali Eslamimanesh, France; (II), Nuno Garrido, Portugal; (III), Mickael Simond, France; (IV), Deepa Subramanian, U.S.A.; and (V), Maya Trofimova, Russia. In addition, the highly coveted EFCE WP-TTP Award of Excellence for Thermodynamics and Transport Properties, for achievement during a Ph.D. was presented by Prof. Dohm to Dr. M. Francisco in recognition of her Ph.D. thesis entitled “Desulfurization of Fuel Oils by Solvent Extraction with Ionic Liquids.”


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