Hadjichristidis and Hermis Iatrou
Wiley-VCH, 2002, pp. 1-210
The IUPAC International
Symposium on Ionic Polymerization (IP'0l) was held in Creta Maris
Hotel, Crete, Greece, from October 22-26, 2001. The European Polymer
Federation, the Greek Polymer Society, the University of Athens and
the Greek Chemists Association gave their support to the Symposium.
Symposia on Ionic Polymerizations have a long history. They were started
in late forties/early fifties by Professor David Pepper in Dublin,
Ireland and Professor Peter Plesch, in Keele, Great Britain. At that
time cationic was the dominant field of ionic polymerization. Then,
after the discovery of "living polymerization" by Professor Michael
Szwarc, a series of more or less formal meetings were organized in
the field of anionic polymerization. Two decades later, in 1975, the
first IUPAC Symposium on Ring-Opening Polymerization was organized
in Warsaw, Poland.
efforts of a group of brave scientists, working in anionic, cationic,
and ring-opening polymerizations converted these separated meetings
into a chain of Symposia unifying all fields of ionic polymerizations.
Istanbul (1995), Paris (1997) and Kyoto (1999) were the host cities
of the three first Ionic Polymerization Symposia.
The Crete Symposium
is the fourth of this new series, but the first to incorporate, we
think rightly, lectures on polymer physical chemistry and physics.
There were altogether over 240 active participants from about 30 countries.
In total, 66 invited lectures, 29 oral lectures and 9 1 posters were
of IP'Ol was made possible with the help and collaboration of all
members of the scientific and organizing committees. We deeply thank
these colleagues and particularly Drs Marinos Pitsikalis and Stergios
We are also grateful
to all speakers for accepting our invitation and attending IP'01,
despite the tragic event of September 1 1th. The following invited
speakers delivered excellent lectures, not included in this issue:
A.-C. Albertsson, T. Aida, K. Almdal, F. Bates, S. Boileau, A. Eisenberg,
T. Endo, R. Faust, S. Gido, Y. Gnanou, D. Haddleton, H. Höcker,
T. Hogen-Esch, B. Ivan, R. Jérôme, A. Khokhlov, J. Klein,
P. Kubisa, L. Leibler, C. Mathis, J. Mays, K. Mortensen, M. MöIler,
K. Müllen, A. Müller, B. Novak, C. Ober, C. Pugh, W. Radke,
J. Roovers, M. Sawamoto, V. Shibaev, S. Sivaram, H. Spiess, C. Tsvetanov,
M. Van Beylen, R. Young, G. Wegner.
Finally our thanks
are also going to the following corporations for their financial support:
the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs; ExxonMobil Research
and Engineering Company, USA; ExxonMobil Chemicals, European Sci.
& Eng. Programme; MALVA Ltd-WATERS; Techline S.A. ; Agmartin ; INTERCHEM;
Analytical Equipments/Dr K.Vamvakas; HELLAMCO A.E. and ASTERIADIS
Athens, October 2001