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Macromol. Symp., Vol. 190, 2002, pp. 1-200

Scattering Methods
for the Investigation
of Polymers

20th Discussion Conference of the Prague Meetings on Macromolecules
Prague, Czech Republic

July 9-12, 2001

Symposium Editor, Prof. Jaroslav Kahovec
Wiley-VCH, 2002, pp. 1-200
ISBN 3-527-30480-0

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The 20th Discussion Conference "Scattering Methods for the Investigation of Polymers" was organized as the 60th meeting in the series of the Prague Meetings on Macromolecules. The meeting was held under the auspices of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry in the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, on July 9-12, 2001.

The meeting aimed to provide a forum for scientists specializing in scattering methods. These methods am important tools for characterization of the structure and dynamics of polymers. Not only the knowledge of the final structure, but also the structure evolution during the preparation and processing of polymeric materials are a prerequisite for understanding, predicting and controlling their properties and functions. Rapid development of instrumentation for time-resolved scattering experiments has extended significantly the accessibility of such information.

The topics of the conference included various aspects of light, X-ray and neutron scattering techniques, as well as applications of these methods to a variety of polymeric materials and systems. At the conference, 7 main lectures, 23 special lectures and 41 posters were presented. In addition, two interesting panel discussions organized and led by G. D. Wignall, USA (Progress in SANS Studies of Polymer Systems) and W. Burchard, Germany (Weighing up New Possibilities of Scattering and Simulation Techniques for Determination of Structures and Chain Dynamics) were included.

In the present volume, the papers based on main lectures and special lectures are collected together with the article written by G. D. Wignall and S. King, UK summarizing the main results of the panel discussion devoted to neutron scattering. In this paper, not only the present state of the art and prospects for future developments in the field are discussed but also the predictions made at the "Neutron Scattering 'in the Nineties" symposium held in the mid-eighties are reviewed.

One of the events contributing to a friendly atmosphere at the conference was an unpretentious celebration of the 80th birthday of Professor Henri Benoit, one of the leading people in scattering methods.

The organizers of the conference wish to express their gratitude to the sponsoring companies and institutions: Sigma-Aldrich Ltd, Czech Republic; Bayer A. G., Germany; ExxonMobil Chemical, Belgium; Léciva a. s., Czech Republic; Molecular Metrology Inc., USA; Polymer Institute, Bmo, Czech Republic.

Josef Plestil
Conference Chairman

Jaroslav Kahovec
Conference Editor


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