Organizations & People
Report from IUPAC-Sponsored
20th International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS 2006),
20-25 August 2006, Yokohama, Japan.
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by Hiro-o Hamaguchi
The 20th International Conference
on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS 2006) was held 20-25 August 2006
in Yokohama, Japan, under the sponsorship of IUPAC, the Chemical
Society of Japan, the Physical Society of Japan, and the Spectroscopical
Society of Japan. A total of 554 people attended the conference
from 32 countries, including Japan (264), USA (56), Germany (39),
UK (29), China (27), Korea (26), France (14), Taiwan (12), Australia
(10), Canada (10), and the Czech Republic (10). Of the attendees,
136 were students; 72 were from overseas, and 64 from Japan. The
organizing committee was very pleased with the unexpectedly high
attendance, in particular, with the high ratio of student participants.
It was also noteworthy that 28 companies exhibited their products/books
at the conference. If those who took part at the exhibition were
included, well over 600 people participated in ICORS 2006. The Industrial/Academic
Cooperating Committee headed by Dr. Hideyuki Ishida played a crucial
role in attracting many industrial people to ICORS.
The subjects covered in ICORS 2006 were categorized into 18 sections:
Resonance Raman Spectroscopy
Time-Resolved Raman Spectroscopy and Ultrafast
Non-Linear Raman Spectroscopy
Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
Vibrational Analysis and Molecular Structure
Liquids, Solutions, Liquid Crystals, and Ionic
Solids, Crystals, Glasses, and Gels
Thin Layers, Surfaces, and Interfaces
Application to Material Science and Technology
New Functional Materials, Fullerenes, Carbon Nanotubes,
Application to Biology and Biological Molecules;
Tissues, Cells, Proteins, and Nucleic Acids
Application to Solid-State Physics; Conductivity,
Magnetic Properties, and Phase Transition
Industrial Applications; Semiconductors, Process
Monitoring, Catalysts, and Fuel Cells
Raman Imaging; Confocal/Near-Field/Tip-Enhanced
Raman Microspectroscopy, Bioimaging, and Stress Analysis
Raman Spectroscopy under Extreme Conditions: High
Temperature, High Pressure, and High Magnetic Fields
New Raman Spectroscopy: Near-Infrared and X-Ray
The scientific program consisted of 12 plenary lectures (40 minutes),
31 invited lectures (30 minutes), 146 invited talks (20 minutes),
and 348 posters, and covered a wide range of basic as well as practical
applications of Raman spectroscopy. It started with the opening
plenary lecture by Leo Esaki on "Superlattices as Roots of
New Physics and Nanoelectronics." The other plenary lectures
and their titles were as follows:
J. Nordgren, "Resonant Soft X-Ray Emission
R.P. Van Duyne, "Molecular Plasmonics for
Surface Enhanced Sensing and Raman Spectroscopy"
S. Kawata, "Near-Field Raman Microscopy:
A Walk Beyond the Traditions"
T. Kitagawa, "Raman Investigation of Roles
of Heme Side Chains in Biological Function"
X.S. Xie, "CARS Microscopy: Seeing Invisibles
in Living Organisms", Z.-Q. Tian, "Surface-Enhanced
Raman Scattering From Non-traditional Substrates and Nanostructures:
Towards a Versatile Vibrational Strategy"
M. Cardona, "The Linewidths of Raman Active
S.A. Asher, "UV Raman Probing of the Reaction
Coordinate in Protein Folding"
A.W. Parker, "Raman Spectroscopy Using Ultrafast
P.M. Champion, "Impulsively Driven Raman
Coherence and the Dynamics and Function of Heme Proteins"
R. Withnall, "Raman Spectroscopy as a Probe
of Coloured Materials"
These plenary lectures represented the ICORS tradition of balanced
coverage of physics, chemistry, and biology. The program is still
available at <www.pac.ne.jp/icors2006>.
ICORS 2006 was accompanied by six satellite meetings; International
Workshop on X-Ray Raman and Related Phenomena (Okazaki), Protein
Dynamics and Biological Applications of Time-Resolved Spectroscopy
(Kobe), Tsukuba Satellite Symposium on Single Molecule and Tip-Enhanced
Raman Scattering (Tsukuba), International Symposium on Surface-Enhanced
Raman Scattering (Nishinomiya), New Horizons of Medical Applications
of Spectroscopy (Tokyo), and International Workshop on Time-Resolved
Spectroscopy (Wako). These satellite meetings provided extra opportunities
for attendees to discuss more specific subjects in smaller groups.
Newly emerged concepts like "space offset Raman spectroscopy,"
"molecular near-field effect in resonance hyper-Raman scattering,"
and "surface-sensitive fourth-order coherent Raman spectroscopy"
were presented and discussed. Reported Raman spectra included those
of molecules, ions, reaction intermediates, molecular assemblies,
quantum dots, semiconductors, crystals, drugs, living cells, and
human tissues, under a variety of conditions and environments. ICORS
2006 impressively indicated the depth and width of Raman spectroscopy
and its recent explosive development that may well lead to the second
renaissance of Raman spectroscopy. The 21st ICORS will be held in
London 17-22 August 2008.
Hiro-o Hamaguchi <[email protected]> was the
conference chair of ICORS 2006. He is a professor of physical chemistry
at the University of Tokyo.
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