27 No. 3
by Silvia E. Castillo-Blum
International Conference on Coordination Chemistry
was a Mexican-American Joint Meeting that took place in Mérida,
Yucatán, México, from 18–23 July 2004.
This international meeting is biennial, and in keeping with
its tradition covered new developments in coordination chemistry,
including bioinorganic chemistry, nano- and supramolecular
chemistry, catalysis, main group element coordination chemistry,
d and f element coordination chemistry, functional materials,
and reaction mechanisms.
ICCC36 attracted 1150 participants from 57 different countries. The meeting was held under the auspices of IUPAC and the Mexican Academy of Science and the Division of Inorganic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society.
The scientific program embraced all aspects of modern coordination chemistry. There were 10 plenary lectures, whose authors and titles are as follows:
- Claudio Luchinat (University of Florence, Italy) “Metal Ions in Life Sciences Today”
- Daniel G. Nocera (MIT, USA) “The Molecular Chemistry of Renewable Energy”
- Martin Schröder (University of Nottingham, UK) “Redox Active Macrocyclic Complexes: But Where is the Electron?”
- Marcetta Y. Darensbourg (Texas A&M University, USA) “Models of Organometallic Reaction Mechanisms in Metalloenzymes: the Hydrogenases”
- Jean Claude Bünzli (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland) “Controlling Functionalities in 4f-4f and 4f-3d Polymetallic Edifices”
- Bart Hessen (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) “Coordination Chemistry of Cationic Transition-Metal and Lanthanide Organometallics: Implications for Catalyst Action and Stability”
- Michel Verdaguer (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France) “Molecular Magnetism: From Coordination Chemistry to Nanosciences. A Way Paved with Oxalate and Cyanid Complexes”
- Angeles Paz-Sandoval (Cinvestav, I.P.N., México) “Half-Open Metallocenes with Heterodienyl Ligands”
- Jinwoo Cheon (Yonsei University, Korea) “Shaping the Architecture of Inorganic Nanocrystals”
- Ian Manners (University of Toronto, Canada) “Catalytic Routes to Rings, Chains, and Macromolecules Based on Main Group Elements”
In addition, 70 invited lectures and 270 oral contributions were presented in eight parallel sessions. Additionally, 510 posters were presented in two afternoon posters sessions.
The pleasant environment, the special ambience of the conference location, and the Mexican hospitality contributed considerably to the great success of ICCC36. The conference also featured an exhibition that included publications, scientific equipment, and chemical companies.
The program of the conference was released in the form of a book of abstracts and also in a CD version. Publications related to the conference will appear in a special issue of Coordination Chemistry Reviews dedicated to ICCC36.
The next conference in this series, ICCC37, will be held 13–18 August 2006 in Cape Town, South Africa. The chairman is Prof. Klaus Kock. The Web site for this conference is <www.sun.ac.za/chemistry/37iccc>.
Dr. Silvia E. Castillo-Blum <[email protected]> is a professor in the Inorganic Chemistry Department at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Castillo-Blum served as the conference secretary for ICCC36.
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