Advanced Polymeric Materials

Advanced Polymeric Materials

by Vera Kovacevic and Michael Hess

POLYCHAR, The World Forum on Advanced Polymeric Materials, belongs to a series of annual conferences taking place in different countries starting in USA (from 1992 until 2003), then moving on to Portugal (2004), Singapore (2005), Japan (2006), Brazil (2007), India (2008), France (2009), Germany (2010) and Nepal (2011). The conference enjoys a high international reputation and has been sponsored by IUPAC for more than 10 years.

The 20th World Forum on Advanced Polymeric Materials—POLYCHAR 20—was held from 26–30 March 2012 in Dubrovnik (Croatia), a medieval city, included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The POLYCHAR Scientific Committee, with 53 countries represented, nominated the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology as the organizer of POLYCHAR 20 conference, with Vera Kovacevic as the conference convener and Stanislav Kurajica as the conference chair.

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Group photo of participants at POLYCHAR 20.

The name POLYCHAR is derived from polymer characterization but goes beyond the initial goal and now addresses the whole field of polymeric materials. The Short Course on Polymer Characterization, held usually on the first conference day, was established at the very beginning by the Polychar founders: Witold Brostow, Michael Hess and Kevin P. Menard. The idea was to provide basic and up-to-date information on the popular characterization techniques by well-known specialists in a condensed presentation (covered by reference material) to students and newcomers in this field.

The Short Course on Polymer Characterization was held 26 March 2012, the first day of the POLYCHAR 20:

About 300 registered participants from academia and industry, from 43 countries and 5 continents attended POLYCHAR 20 that offered 110 oral presentations and 156 posters in three parallel sessions covering the following topics:

Following is a sampling of the 15 invited lectures that covered a broad range of subjects:

Being an IUPAC-sponsored international conference, POLYCHAR 20 attracts scientists from all over the world reflecting the philosophy of the Polychar conferences that is to provide an international forum, especially for students and young scientists. The principal aim is to give them opportunity to meet with their peers and with well-known scientists and to exchange experiences, make contacts and present their results to the scientific community. IUPAC’s financial support enabled the attendance of 12 students and young researchers from scientifically emerging countries.

The broad span of contributions to POLYCHAR 20 is probably best represented by the awardees of the conference and their contributions. The P.J. Flory Polymer Research prize was awarded to Robert F.S. Stepto, Manchester Materials Science Centre, for his work on thermoplastics including thermoplastic starch materials. The International Materials Science Prize was given to Hyoung Jin Choi, Inha University, Incheon, for his work on rheology and electro-rheology.

Three IUPAC Poster Prizes were awarded:

The Jűrgen Springer Prize for a Young Scientist was given to Marianna Pannico, Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Polymers, Pozzuoli, for the presentation “Stabilization Effects of Functional POSS in Epoxy Resins: Spectroscopic and Dynamic-Mechanical Studies.”

The Bruce Hartman Prize for a Young Scientists was awarded to Malgorzata Walczak, Centre of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies, Lodz, for the poster “Characterization of PC/PS Multilayered Films.”

The Carl Klason Prize for an Outstanding Student Presentation was awarded to three ex aequo winners:

Because of the great number of very good student presentations, five Diplomas of Distinction for a Student Presentation were given:

Special acknowledgements were given to the retired Croatian professors from the Zagreb University, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology:

Manuscripts of the POLYCHAR 20 participants will be published in Macromolecular Symposia, Polymer Engineering & Science, Materials Research Innovations, and Chemistry & Chemical Technology.

POLYCHAR 21, 18–22 March 2013, will be held in Daegu, South Korea.

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