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Macromol. Symp., Vol. 171, 2001, pp. 1-263

15th Polymer Networks Group Meeting


Symposium Editors, H. Galina and R.F.T. Stepto
Wiley-VCH, 2001, pp. 1-263
ISBN 3-527-30333-2


This volume contains selected papers presented at Polymer Networks '2000, the 15th Polymer Networks Group Meeting, held in Cracow, Poland, from 17th to 21th July, 2000. The conference was organized jointly by the Rzeszów University of Technology and the Jagellonian University, Cracow, under the sponsorship of IUPAC and the Polymer Division of the Polish Chemical Society. It was a satellite meeting of the IUPAC World Polymer Congress, held the previous week in Warsaw.

The contents of this volume reflect the main topics of the conference. In addition to theoretical papers, there are papers on the formation, structure and properties of interpenetrating polymer networks, and heterogeneous, filled and hybrid networks. The properties and characterization of hydrophilic and hydrophobic gels and swollen networks are also covered and there are contributions on calorimetric and dielectric studies of thermoset formation and on the structure of amorphous sulfur.

Our thanks are due to the authors of papers, to colleagues who helped to review them to the Macromolecular Symposia staff. One of us (HG) would like to express his gratitude to all members of the Advisory Board and to the Organizing Committee of the meeting for their excellent efforts before and during the conference, which resulted in it running smoothly, both scientifically and socially. We feel sure that the Cracow meeting will be remembered, not only for its scientific discussions, but also for its tours of the Collegium Maius and Wieliczka.

The Polymer Networks Group is more than 25 years old and has been associated with many events. This year we celebrate the 70th birthday of two founder members and officers: Walther Burchard of Freiburg and Karel Dusek of Prague, to whom we are pleased to dedicate this volume. Sadly, we also have to say farewell to Manfred Gordon of Cambridge (UK), who passed away in March 2000, and to Toyoichi Tanaka of Cambridge (Mass.), who passed away shortly before the conference. The volume starts with tributes to these two friends and colleagues who will always remain in our memories.

Henryk Galina

Robert Stepto

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