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Volume 38, Issue 6


POLYCHAR 24 World Forum Advanced Materials

Michael Hess
Published Online: 2016-12-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2016-0638

The 24th World Forum on Advanced Materials (POLYCHAR) (derived from Polymer Characterization) was hosted by Poznan University of Technology, Poznan, Poland, and organized by the Institute of Materials Technology of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Management and the Faculty of Chemical Technology, 9-13 May 2016 (www.polychar24.divisia.pl). It is the policy of POLYCHAR to visit a different part of the world each year and to give, in particular, students and young scientists from all over the world an opportunity to present their scientific work to a larger international audience, to meet prominent scientists, and to attend a tutorial, or short course, held by international scientists.

The previous conferences had been in Denton, Texas, USA (where POLYCHAR was founded in the year 1992), Guimaraes, Portugal (2004), Singapore (2005), Nara, Japan (2006), Buzios, Brazil (2007), Lucknow, India (2008), Rouen, France (2009), Siegen, Germany (2010), Kathmandu, Nepal (2011), Dubrovnik, Croatia (2012), Gwangju, South Korea (2013), Stellenbosch, South Africa (2014), and Lincoln, Nebraska, USA (2015).

The 2016 Conference was supported by IUPAC and its Polymer Division via the HANWHA TOTAL fund (formerly called SAMSUNG fund).

There were 324 registered participants from 32 countries from all parts of the world who delivered 147 oral presentations in two parallel sessions, as well as 64 posters. In total, there were eight individual sessions:

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    Nanomaterials and Smart Materials

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    Green Polymers, Green Engineering, and Recycling

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    Characterization Methods and Structure-Properties Relations

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    Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, and Tissue Engineering

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    Fibres, Interfaces, Composite Materials

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    Mechanical Properties and Performance

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    Rheology, Solutions, and Processing

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    Multitopic Session

The Plenary Lectures were delivered by:

Miroslawa El Fray (Szczecin, Poland), Nanofibrous scaffolds from enzyme-catalysed multiblock polyesters

Peter Mellon (Stellenbosch, South Africa), Nanocomposite electrospun fibres with carbon nanomaterials

Mehrdad Neghaban (Lincoln, Nebraska, USA), Kinetic-based control of grading in IPN systems

The 11 invited talks were:

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    Pickering emulsion polymerized smart composites and their electro-response, Hyoung Jin Choi, Inha University, Incheon, Republic of Korea

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    Preparation and thermal stability of fluoroalkyl end-capped vinyltrimethylsilane oligomer/boric acid nanocomposites-encapsulated A variety of low molecular weight organic compound, Hideo Sawada, Hirosaki University, Hirosaki, Japan

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    Crystallization and melting of poly(lactic acid), Maria Laura Di Lorenzo, Consiglio Nazionale di Ricerche, Pozzuoli, Italy

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    Crystallization and morphology of triple crystalline PEO-b-PCL-b-PLLA triblock terpolymers, Alejandro Müller, University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain

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    Comparison of the influence of mesoporous silica and cerium-doped Yttrium Aluminium garnet on the properties of PMMA, Riaan Luyt, University of the Free State, Phuthaditjhaba, South Africa

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    Epoxy resin toughening via styrenic block copolymers induced nanostructuring, Rameshwar Adhikari, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

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    The effect of bio-components on foaming process and selected properties of PU foams, Aleksander Prociak, Cracow University of Technology, Cracow, Poland

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    Properties of nanofibres and medical applications, Goerg Michler, University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany

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    In vitro study and evaluation of polylactide-based magnetic spheres as efficient carriers for anti-cancer delivery, Ray Suprakas Sinha, DST-CSIR National Centre for Nanostructured Materials, Pretoria, South Africa

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    Mechanical and thermal properties of hybrid graphene/kenaf fibre PP composites, Hassan Azman, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Sukai, Malaysia

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    From linear viscosity to non-linear constitutive modelling of polymer melts, Manfred H. Wagner, TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany

The Short Course, a tutorial on polymer characterization held by distinguished experts in their respective fields, preceded the Conference and consisted of eight contributions (50 min + discussion), namely:

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    Friction, Scratch Resistance, and Wear (Witold Brostow, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA)

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    Basic Scattering Techniques; Neutrons, X-Rays, and Light (Jean-Michel Guenet, Institute Charles Sadron and University of Strasbourg, France)

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    Viscoelastic Characterization of Polymers with Atomic Force Microscopy (Joseph A. Turner, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA)

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    Diffractometry, Including X-Rays and Light Scattering (Masaru Matsuo, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China)

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    Structure and Properties of Semi-Crystalline Polymers (Alejandro Müller, University of The Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain)

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    Polymer Interfaces—Investigation, Physics, and Application Relevance (Dirk W. Schubert, University Erlangen, Nuremberg, Germany)

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    Electron Microscopy of Polymers: Morphology and Micromechanics (Sven Henning, Fraunhofer, Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems, Halle, Germany)

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    Polymer Liquid Chromatography (Dusan Berek, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia)

The lecturers were available to all participants for further discussion throughout the Conference. There were 85 participants who were mostly, but not exclusively, students.

The Conference was opened by the Chair, Tomasz Sterzyński (Poznan), followed by a welcome address by Michael Hess, IUPAC Polymer Division, with a contribution on recent developments in the IUPAC Polymer Division, informing attendees about the output and educational aspects of the work of the Division.

The prestigious Paul J. Flory Research Prize 2016 went to Bernhard Blümich, University RWTH Aachen, Germany.

The International Materials Research Prize was given to Serigu Okamoto, University of Nagoya, Nagoya, Japan.

The IUPAC Poster Prizes were given to:

Liubov Matkovska (Natl. Acad Sci. of Ukraine, Kyviv, Ukraine), Ion-conductive electrolyte based on epoxy oligomer doped with Li-perchlorate salt.

Eduardo P. Milan (Universidas de São Paulo, São Carlos, Brazil), Rheologic effects of mangosteens extract on chitosan/collagen mixtures

Sanja Šešlija (University of Belgrade, Serbia), Novel approach in improvement of native pectin properties: modification using chlorides of renewable carboxylic acids

The Bruce Hartmann Price for Young Scientists went to: Katarzyna Bandzierz (Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland)

The Jürgen Springer Prize for Young Scientists went to: Pimchaya Luangaramvej (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)

Three Carl Klason Student Awards went to:

Koudai Suzuki, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan

Dirk Dippold, Institute of Polymer Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany

Marta Kijanka, Michalina Graczyk, Poznan University, Poznan, Poland

Finally, there were a number of Diplomas of Distinction for students. A limited amount of money was granted by IUPAC from the HANWHA TOTAL Fund for the support of graduate students and young scientists from underprivileged countries. This support is an important contribution that makes it possible for those students to participate in the Short Course and the Conference. This year, support was granted:

Neil Basson, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Liubov Matkovska, Inst. Macromol. Chem. Natl. Acad Sci. of Ukraine, Kyviv, Ukraine

Eduardo P. Milan, Universidas de São Paulo, São Carlos, Brazil

Alina Vashchuk, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Natl. Acad. Sci. Ukraine, Kyviv, Ukraine

          From left to right: Tomasz Sterzyński (conference chair), Bernhard Blümich, and Jean-Jacques Pireaux (prize committee chair).

From left to right: Tomasz Sterzyński (conference chair), Bernhard Blümich, and Jean-Jacques Pireaux (prize committee chair).

Sanja Šešlija, Inst. of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

Aleksandra Nešić, Vinča Institute for Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

Tomasz Sterzyński, his colleagues, and collaborators at the Poznan University of Technology deserve our thanks for their effective organization of the Course and the Conference. Good organization is a necessary condition for a creative and comfortable atmosphere, which was appreciated by all the participants in Poznan. POLYCHAR 25 is scheduled for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 9-13 October 2017.

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Published Online: 2016-12-16

Published in Print: 2016-12-01

Citation Information: Chemistry International, Volume 38, Issue 6, Pages 39–42, ISSN (Online) 1365-2192, ISSN (Print) 0193-6484, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2016-0638.

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