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Report from IUPAC-Sponsored Symposium


Self-Organized Macromolecular Systems
45th Prague Meeting on Macromolecules 'Structure and Dynamics of Self-Organized Macromolecular Systems',
9-13 July 2006, Prague, Czech Republic.

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by Petr Stepanek

The meeting Structure and Dynamics of Self-organized Macromolecular Systems, organized and chaired by Petr Stepanek, was held at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, in Prague from 9-13 July 2006. More than 120 scientists from 22 countries participated in the meeting.

The goal of the meeting was to bring together scientists in the fields of synthetic polymers and biopolymers, who are interested in self-organization. The bottom-up approach, which consists of exploiting various forms of self-ordering of natural building blocks, is becoming important in many technological areas. Due to a large variety of building blocks, chemical reactions, and architectures, polymers represent a particularly rich field where self-organization can be exploited to obtain materials with new properties.

The scientific program consisted of 10 plenary lectures and 24 short special lectures as well as two poster sessions. The following scientists gave plenary lectures:

· K.E. Geckeler (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology South Korea), "Self-Organized Macromolecular and Supramolecular Systems: From Design to Reality"
· U.S. Schubert (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands), "Engineering with (Supra)Macromolecules: From Self-Organized Systems to New Functions"
· T.P. Lodge (University of Minnesota, USA), "Higher-Order Structures in Block Copolymer Micelles"
· Y. Gnanou (University of Bordeaux I, France), "Vinyl Amide-Based Homo- and Copolymers: Synthesis by Controlled Radical Polymerization and Investigation of their Solution Behavior
· O. Ikkala (Helsinki University of Technology,Finland), Control and Switching of Electrical and Optical Polymer Properties based on Self-Assembled Complexes
· M. Tirrell (University of California, USA), Tuning Soft, Hydrated Interfaces Composed of Tethered Polymer Layers with Multi-Valent, Ionic Interactions"
· Y. Talmon (Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel), "Cryo-TEM of Polymer Self-Aggregation in Solution"
· S.P. Armes (University of Sheffield, UK), "Atom Transfer Radical Polymerisation: A Versatile Tool for the Polymer Chemist"
· U. Wiesner (Cornell University, USA)
· Structure Formation in Self-Organized Block Copolymer Based Hybrid Systems"
· M. Stamm, A. Kiriy (Leibnitz Institute for Polymer Research, Germany), "From Single Molecules to Organized Structures in Thin Polymer Films"

The general program of the meeting included the following topics:
Chemical Route for Self-Organization
· targeted synthesis of self-ordering polymers
· macromolecular architecture and controlled synthesis
· self-organized polymer materials responsive to external stimuli
Physics of Self Organization
· block copolymers: phase behavior and morphology
· supramolecular polymer assemblies
· polymeric materials with hierarchical structure
· dynamics in ordered polymeric systems
· scattering from self-organized polymer systems
· theoretical models of self-organized polymer systems
Self-Organized Surfaces and Interfaces
· polymers for nanostructured functional surfaces
· polymers at ordered surfaces and interfaces
· hierarchical self-assembly at surfaces and interfaces
Self-Organization in Biology
· supramolecular assembly of biomimetic structures
· biological templates
· self-organized structures for controlled release self-organized structures in copolymers of biologic and synthetic polymers
Polymeric Complexes, Ion Containing Polymers and Membranes
· self-assembly of charged block copolymers
· ordered polyelectrolytes
· complex polymeric systems
· dynamers, self-organization mediated by H-bonds

Selected contributions to the meeting will be published in a special volume of the International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization in early 2007.

Petr Stepanek <[email protected]> served as chairman of the Program Committee for the meeting. He currently is a professor at the Institute of Macromlecular Chemistry in Prague.


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