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Report from IUPAC-Sponsored Symposium


Macro- and Supramolecular Architectures and Materials
3rd International Symposium on Macro- and Supramolecular Architectures and Materials (MAM-06): Practical Nanochemistry and Novel Approaches,
28 May - 1 June 2006, Tokyo, Japan.

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by Kurt E. Geckeler

Based on the increasing importance of nanoscience and expanded international interest, the 3rd IUPAC Sponsored International Symposium on Macro- and Supramolecular Architectures and Materials (MAM-06): Practical Nanochemistry and Novel Approaches, was held from 28 May - 1 June 2006 in Tokyo, Japan. The venue was the International Conference Center on the campus of the prestigious Waseda University in Tokyo, which is one of the oldest universities in Japan and is located in the Shinjuku area of downtown Tokyo.

Over 350 scientists from about 40 countries attended the meeting, the third in the series. The first was held in Gwangju, South Korea, and the second one in Missoula, Montana, USA. The conference featured almost 40 invited lectures, about 50 oral contributions, and more than 200 poster presentations.

Nanomaterials will play a key role in science and technology in the 21st century. The purpose of this meeting was to provide an interdisciplinary forum in which scientists engaged in research, development, and application, could discuss the current status and recent developments, with a focus on chemistry and practical approaches.

The topics were categorized in three groups: general, preparation and materials, and applications. The first group comprised areas such as chemistry and analysis of nanomaterials, nanoscale processes, host-guest chemistry, supramolecularity of nanosystems, nanostructured surfaces, and functionalization of nanomaterials. The second category included self-assembly and self-organization, control of architectures, building blocks for nanoscience, nanoclusters, nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanowires, nanolayered materials, polymers with nanostructures, nanocomposite materials, nanoengineered materials, biological nano assemblies, inorganic nanomaterials, and nanohybrid materials.

The third group featured nano- and micro-scale electronic devices, nanomaterials for batteries and fuel cells, energy applications of nanomaterials, molecular photonic materials, nano- and micro-scale imaging and patterning, nanolithography, nanosuperconductors, quantum dots, molecular switches, motors, machines and computers, nanocontainers, encapsulation, vesicles, nanomaterials for chemo- and biosensors, bioinspiration and biomimicking in nanotechnology, nanobiomaterials and nanomedicine, combinatorial nanotechnology, nanocatalysts and metals, and green nanochemistry

The official IUPAC representative, Professor C.K. Ober, provided an excellent introduction to the IUPAC organization during the opening session, which began with classical music in the Masaru Ibuka Memorial Hall. The keynote lecture was given by Peter Duesberg and was followed by a series of invited lectures, covering many aspects of nanochemistry and nanomaterials.

The high scientific level of the conference was based on the high-caliber lectures and impressive posters, which had to be displayed in two sessions due to the large number. Several attractive poster awards encouraged excellent poster presentations. Despite a tight schedule, lively and stimulating discussions during the coffee breaks were not inhibited.

A rich social program included a welcome reception, a Japanese-style banquet, a short evening trip to Shinjuku to see a night view from a skyscraper, and special events in the form of Japanese traditional performances. The last day was reserved for the symposium excursion, a one-day trip to the UNESCO world heritage site "Nikko," famed for its shrine complex and hot springs.

Overall, the symposium was very enriching and successful and provided an interdisciplinary forum for scientists and engineers to meet and discuss progress in nanochemistry. Based on the success of this third meeting, MAM-8, chaired by Helmut Ritter, will be held in 2008 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Further information on the next meeting can be found at <http://www.uni-duesseldorf.de/MAM-08>.

Kurt E. Geckeler <[email protected]> is a professor at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in Gwangju, South Korea.


> referred to Chem. Int. March/Apr 2007

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