The 18th International Symposium on Solubility Phenomena and Related Equilibrium Processes (ISSP18) was held from 15 to 20 July 2018 in the “Hôtel Oceania l’Univers” in the Tours, France. Briefly, ISSP is an established biennial IUPAC symposium organized by the Subcommittee on Solubility and Equilibrium Data gathering international experts on solubility studies or related subjects to exchange new research and concepts.
ISSP-18 in Tours successfully followed a series of previous meetings, the most recent being ISSP-17 (2016, Geneva, Switzerland), ISSP-16 (2014, Karlsruhe, Germany), ISSP-15 (2012, Xining, China), ISSP-14 (2010, Leoben, Austria), and ISSP-13 (2008, Dublin, Ireland). The 18th edition of this IUPAC sponsored symposium was organized by the PCM2E Laboratory of the Tours University, with Dr. Johan Jacquemin acting as conference chair. In conjunction with ISSP-18, the 17th annual meeting of the IUPAC Subcommittee on Solubility and Equilibrium Data (SSED) was held on 15 July, chaired by Clara Magalhães.
For 6 days, the ISSP-18 conference brought together over 170 scientists from 34 different countries (Algeria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Sates) with a shared interest in solubility. This symposium addressed the general importance of solubility phenomena and associated physical properties in a variety of settings ranging from green chemistry to nuclear waste disposal and modern technical applications.
This edition was built on the momentum gained during the previous ISSP meetings with sessions focused on specific topics including data evaluation and consistency, computer assisted modelling, ionic liquids, deep eutectic solvents, molten salts and high ionic strength solutions, solubility and nanoparticles, organics and mixed solvents, to cite few. Furthermore, a Workshop on the “Modelling of fluid phase equilibria and solubility phenomena – from experiments to their evaluations” has been led by Agilio Padua (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France), while a discussion session on specialized topics have been organized for the first time in history of this event. This discussion session was a great opportunity to deeply discuss about a proper definition of the so-called “Deep Eutectic Solvents”, as well as, various hot topics including thermal and electronic energy storages.
ISSP-18 invited distinguished plenary and invited lecturers to introduce main topics. Lecturers were: Donald T, Reed (Repository Science and Operations, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA), “Solubility of Actinides in Complex Groundwater and Brine Systems”. Marian Paluch (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland), “Solubility Advantage of Amorphous Drugs”. Margarida F. Costa Gomes (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France), “Physical and Chemical Gas Absorption in Ionic Liquid Mixtures”. Agilio Padua (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France), “Solubility and Phase Equilibria from Theoretical Chemistry and Molecular Simulation”. Urszula Domanska (Warsaw University of Technology, Poland), “Phase Equilibria in Binary and Ternary Systems from Experiments to their Evaluations”. Patrik Johansson (Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden), “Explicit and Implicit Modelling of Non-Aqueous Electrolytes for Next Generation Batteries”. Richard Buchner (Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Universität Regensburg, Germany), “Dielectric Spectroscopy of Ion-Binding Equilibria”. Marijana Blesic (Queen’s University Belfast, UK), “Solubility Phenomena in Aqueous Solutions of Zwitterionic Salts”. Ramesh Gardas (Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India), “Phase Equilibrium Studies of Systems Involving Aqueous Ionic Liquids and Deep Eutectic Solvents”. Miroslaw Chorazewski (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland), “Simple and accurate tool for prediction of densities and speeds of sound of compressed liquids using fluctuation-based isothermal equation of state”. Michaël Deschamps (Université d’Orléans, France), “Diffusion in Electrolytes, Inside and Outside Electrodes, as Viewed by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance”. Manuel Maréchal (SyMMES, Univ. Grenoble Alpes/CNRS/CEA, Grenoble, France), “Soft electrolytes with controlled organisations for energy storage and conversion”. Alexandre Ponrouch (Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, Spain), “Electrolytes for Ca and Mg based batteries”. Mireille Turmine (UPMC Sorbonne Université, France), “Nanoparticles Solubilities: Nonextensive Thermodynamics Approaches, Applications”. Isabel M. Marrucho (Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal), “Eutectic Solvents: Expanding Chemical Profiles”.
This conference included also 58 oral and 22 flash presentations (for young researchers), and a poster session. Poster presentations have been organized in a dedicated poster session, during which 62 posters have been greatly presented. Outside the session lecture theatres, numerous exhibitors were also present and all attendees took also the opportunity to deeply improve their knowledge of modelling approaches during our Workshop. Thorough all presentations, ISSP-18 promoted the participation and exchange of ideas of a broad spectrum of stakeholders – from academics working in science and technology to researchers in chemical, pharmaceutical, medical, materials (to electronic, building, artistic, … applications) industries – not forgetting the modern environmental concerns (e.g. greenhouse gases solubility, remediation of mining and industrial impacts, mineral recovery from brines and seawater, energy storage applications like metal-ion batteries and supercapacitors, etc.), which only can be well predicted and developed if accurate and reliable data are available.
Within ISSP-18, two Franzosini awards (supported by IUPAC-SSED) were presented, given to Maria Gonzalez-Miquel (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain) and Romain Privat (ENSIC-LRGP, France). These Franzosini Awards, as well as, best presentations Poster and Flash Awards, were deeply acknowledged during the Gala dinner at Royal Castle Amboise scheduled on Thursday 19 July evening within a typical French fashion!
All together this conference was a great success and we look forward to the next ISSP-19 scheduled in Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA. This issue of Pure and Applied Chemistry contains six excellent contributions presented at the symposium. A further 16 papers, based on the other contributions presented at the symposium will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Solution Chemistry. They give a flavour of the quality but also of the diversity of the subjects discussed.
Finally, the success of a special issue is not only based on the quality of the authors and their excellent manuscripts but it is an association of joint efforts of the journal’s Editorial Team, authors, and of course, reviewers. Again, many thanks for all your efforts!
A collection of invited papers based on presentations at the 18th International Symposium on Solubility Phenomena and Related Equilibrium Processes (ISSP-18), Tours, France, 15–20 July 2018. Invited paper associated to the ISSP-18 conference special issue.
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