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Pure Appl. Chem. Vol. 74, No. 1, pp. 1-186 (2002)

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Vol. 74, Issue 1


The 11th IUPAC International Symposium on Organometallic Chemistry Directed Towards Organic Synthesis (OMCOS-11) was held in Taipei from 22-26 July 2001.There were over 800 participants coming from more than 30 different countries and regions to attend this event. This conference marked the first OMCOS meeting in this new millennium and commemorated the 50th anniversary of the discovery of ferrocene, laying the cornerstone for the field of organometallic chemistry. We were honored to have keynote lectures delivered by Profs.F.Albert Cotton and Akio Yamamoto, who both have witnessed and extensively contributed to the rapid evolution of this field for half a century. The lecture by Prof.Cotton highlighted the history of the discovery of ferrocene and the birth of organometallic chemistry. Prof.Yamamoto, in his lecture, covered not only some historical notes of his own contributions, but also shared his more recent insight toward environmentally benign processes catalyzed by transition-metal complexes.

The plenary lectures, delivered by Ben L.Feringa, Robert H.Grubbs, Paul Knochel, Shun-ichi Murahashi, and Paul A.Wender, focused on control and amplication of chirality by transition-metal catalysis, olefin metathesis catalysts for the rapid synthesis of olefins, stereoselective reactions using functionalized organometallics, and ruthenium catalysis in organic synthesis, respectively. The recipient of the Third Springer Award for Organometallic Chemistry this year is Gregory C. Fu. In his award lecture, he described an overview of tin hydride-catalyzed processes and asymmetric catalysis with "planar-chiral "catalysts.

Along with the above-mentioned lectures, invited lectures also featured recent advances in this ever-burgeoning field by 19 distinguished organometallic chemists.The sharing of their recent research also has enriched the topics of OMCOS. The themes of their lectures involved asymmetric synthesis via organometallics, structural and mechanistic aspects related to synthesis, catalytic processes involving organometallics,new C-C and C-heteroatom bond-forming processes, organometallics in materials research, and environmentally benign chemistry. In addition, there were 24 short lectures and about 400 contributed papers presented at the poster sessions.

Tien-Yau Luh
Chairman, OMCOS-11

*Lecture presented at the 11th IUPAC International Symposium on Organometallic Chemistry Directed Towards Organic Synthesis (OMCOS-11), Taipei, Taiwan, 22-26 July 2001. Other presentations are presented in this issue, pp.1-186.

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