25 No. 1
January - February 2003
|Structure of "bucky ferrocene"
presented by plenary lecturer Eiichi Nakamura (University
of Tokyo, Japan) in his lecture titled "The chemistry
of h-Fullerene Metal Complexes."
20th International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry
was held on the island of Corfu from 7 to 12 July 2002. The
conference was so well attendedwith more than 700 participantsthat
the original site, based in a traditional but modernized Corfiot
conference village, proved too small and operations had to
be moved to a large beach hotel. Despite this obvious complication,
with its attendant transportation difficulties, the local
organizers, coordinated by Professor K. Screttas, are to be
congratulated for maintaining calm and good order, effective
information, and friendly hospitality, while providing an
excellent conference venue.
This international meeting
is biennial, and in keeping with its long tradition, covers
all of metal chemistry in the organometallic context. There
were six plenary lectures, nearly 40 session lectures, and
approximately 120 other oral contributions, supplemented by
430 posters. The chemistry covered areas as diverse as nanotechnology,
homogeneous catalysis, optical properties, computational chemistry,
and were directed in equal measure at fundamental and applied
problems. This conference complements very well an IUPACsponsored
conference held in Taipei in 2001 that covered organometallic
chemistry directed towards organic synthesis.
The picture shows three
ferrocene-1,1- diyl units which are linked by
two gallium centers to give a carousel structure. The
donor-free skeleton is a potential building block in
supramolecular chemistry . Presented by plenary lecturer
Peter Jutzi (University of Bielefeld, Germany).
Organometallic chemistry is
now thought by some to be a relatively mature field. However,
the combination of organic fragments with metals still continues
to provide remarkable new compounds, and materials with remarkable
chemical and physical properties. So many of the contributions
revealed exciting and unexpected results, with accompanying
challenges to accepted theory and potential for new applications.
What is gratifying is the attendance of a large number of
young chemistsproof that the field continues to attract
among the best of chemical talent.
The advisors and organizers
of this meeting did a fine job in putting together such an
excellent program. The 20th ICOMC will long be remembered
as a stimulating and informative conference set in a delightful
A selection of lectures from
the conference will appear in Pure and Applied Chemistry,
with Professor Screttas acting as conference editor.
is a professor at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.
As an IUPAC fellow, he also acted as IUPAC representative
at the 20th ICOMC.
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