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Macromol. Symp., Vol. 212, 2004, pp. 1-580

Electronic Phenomena in Organic Solids

9th International Conference Electrical and Related Properties of Organic Solids,
Prague (Czech Republic), 2002

Symposium Editors: J. Kahovec
Wiley-VCH, 2004, pp. 1-580
ISBN 3-527-31045-2


The 21st Discussion Conference "Electrical and Related Properties of Polymers and Other Organic Solids" was the 62nd meeting in the series of the Prague Meetings on Macromolecules. The meeting was organized under the auspices of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) in the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, from July 14-18, 2002. Simultaneously, this meeting was the 9th International Conference on Electrical and Related Properties of Organic Solids (ERPOS).

The first ERPOS conference was held in 1974, in Karpacz (Poland), as the Summer School on Electrical Properties of Organic Solids. The success of this first meeting gave rise to regular ERPOS conferences which, over 28 years, have grown into a well established series. The conferences ERPOS-1 to ERPOS-5 were organized by physical chemists from the Institute of Organic and Physical Chemistry of the Technical University of Wroclaw.

At that time, several groups at universities and institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the former Eastern block were active in studying the chemistry and physical properties of molecular materials. Personal contact of scientists with their colleagues from abroad, however, was quite difficult due to economic and political reasons. Presentation of the results on an international forum was thus often impossible. Therefore, the idea of bringing together scientists from both parts of the divided world and creating a meeting point seemed timely.
Italian scientists from the Istituto di Fotochimica e Radiazioni d'Alta Energia, Bologna, organized the ERPOS-6 conference in beautiful Capri.

The 7th conference returned to Poland, being again organized by the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry of the Technical University of Wroclaw. During that meeting, in view of political changes in Europe, it was decided to vary the venues of the ERPOS conferences and Prague (Czech Republic) was chosen as the next venue.
In the course of the years, ERPOS conferences have gathered scientists from all over the world actively engaged in the study of various properties (electrical, spectroscopic, optical, structural and many others) of organic materials giving them a unique opportunity to exchange ideas with researchers of different backgrounds and interest.

A high scientific level of the ERPOS conferences was possible due to active participation of world-recognized scientists who kindly agreed to serve in international advisory committees, delivered lectures reporting on the state of the art in their fields, but also due to scientists bringing "hot" subjects, and many young scientists and students attending these meetings with enthusiasm. No one is able to quantity how many fruitful cross-disciplinary collaborations have been initiated and how many scientific papers appeared as a result of these meetings.

The Prague meeting in 2002 was organized at a fascinating time characterized by the strong input of organic materials, both low-molecular-weight and polymers, into the application sphere. The Nobel Prize winners, Professors Alan J. Heeger, Alan MacDiarmid and Hideki Shirakawa characterized the time in their Nobel Foundation lecture as "the era of the fourth generation of polymeric materials".

The Prague meeting aimed to provide a forum for scientists specializing in electronic properties of organic materials. The topics of the conference included various aspects of molecular materials, liquid crystals, organized structures of macromolecules and supramolecules, properties of nanostructures and materials such as charge carrier generation, transport, trapping and recombination, photoelectrical phenomena, electroluminescence, molecular electronics, nonlinear optical phenomena, photorefractivity, optical switching, data recording and storage. A total of 126 participants from 24 countries contributed to the scientific program of the conference. There were 12 main lectures, 25 special lectures and 93 poster presentations. An interesting panel discussion "From Molecular Crystals to Polymers and Single Molecules" was moderated by Professors R. W. Munn, J. Sworakowski and R. M. Metzger. The discussion was opened by the latter with his lecture "Unimolecular Rectifiers".

All the conference contributions and accompanying discussions were very helpful in getting a better understanding of electrical and optical properties of organic solids, and in particular charge carrier generation, transport and trapping, non-linear optics, photorefractivity, transistors, photodetectors, light-emitting diodes, rectifiers, and molecular devices. We believe that the papers presented as main and special lectures and posters, collected in this volume, will provide the same benefit to the readers.

The participants created not only an excellent professional forum but also a very agreeable company. We wish to express our gratitude to all participants and sponsors for supporting the meeting, to the organizing committee for their very good work and to the contributors for their carefully prepared papers.

S. Nešpurek,
Conference Chairman

J. Pfleger,
Conference Co-chairman

J. Kahovec,
PMM Editor



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