Editor, E. Tsuchida
Wiley-VCH, 2000, pp. 1-284
This issue contains
plenary and invited lectures delivered at the IUPAC
8th International Symposium on Macromolecule-Metal Complexes (MMC-8
Tokyo), which was held at Ibuka Memorial Hall, the International
Conference Center of Waseda University, Tokyo, from September 5-9, 1999.
The field of MMC
is now receiving much attention not only in chemistry and macromolecular
science but also as a frontier material system with numerous molecular
functions. Since the first symposium, MMC-I, that was held in Beijing
in 1985, the biennial IUPAC MMC symposia have been providing a special
opportunity for scientists in this research field to meet each other
and to become aware of the most recent progress in MMC.
Around 280 delegates
from 20 different countries attended MMC-8. In addition to 8 plenary
and 27 invited lectures, contributed papers were presented in 6 oral
contributions and 100 posters. The well-organized program and outstanding
facilities of the conference center provided excellent possibilities
for extended discussions among the delegates. The theme of this symposium
focused on the role of MMC in the recent developments of macromolecular
sciences and technologies. The latest results in the fundamental part,
which are related to multi-electron transfers, supramolecules, dendrimers,
molecular recognitions, and in advanced technologies, such as photoenergy
devices, sensors, catalysis, electronics, biomaterials, were widely
discussed by a variety of scientists. Furthermore, the "Priority Session"
took place with a strong involvement of the industrial participants.
This session focused on secondary batteries and portable fuel cells,
which is a growing superior technology related to MMC science, especially
One of the factors
that made this symposium successful was the large number and the positive
attitude of the younger participants who will bear the next generation.
On the other hand, MMC-prizes were awarded to the eight representative
senior scientists who contributed significantly to the development of
MMC. It is hoped that delegates left the MMC-8 with new knowledge and
new friendships that will lead to many contributions for further progress
in this research field in the forthcoming century.
International Symposium on Macromolecule-Metal Complexes (MMC-9)
will be held in Brooklyn, New York, USA, in 2001. Finally, the editor
would like to thank all who have contributed to this symposium, and
express particular appreciation to them.