Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No.1, January 2000

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14th International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry (ISPC-14)

2-6 August 1999,
Prague, Czech Republic

This biennial symposium encompassed the whole area of plasma chemistry, with topics ranging from the basic physics and chemistry of thermal and low-pressure nonequilibrium (cold) plasmas to industrial processes, processing techniques, and equipment. ISPC-14 included a Plasma Equipment Exhibition and was preceded by a three-day Summer School on Plasma Chemistry (29-31 July) and followed by a two-day Workshop on Industrial Applications of Plasma Processing (6-7 August).

Of the 510 attendees at ISPC-14, 76 were Czech and 434 came from 42 other countries. The 553 contributions included 8 invited plenary lectures, 18 invited topical lectures, 158 oral presentations, and 369 posters. The five-volume symposium proceedings contained 486 papers amounting to 2 877 pages. Specific topics included basic physical and chemical processes in plasmas, modeling and diagnostics of plasmas, plasma generation, plasma-particle interaction, plasma-surface interaction, plasma etching, plasma CVD, plasma synthesis, plasma spraying, plasma metallurgy, environmental applications, and industrial applications.

The summer school attracted 33 participants to its course on low-pressure nonequilibrium plasmas, and 29 people attended the course on thermal plasmas. The workshop included a total of 12 lectures, with four each on the topics of thermal plasmas, plasma surface processing, and plasma polymerization.

Social events associated with ISPC-14 included a welcoming party on Monday, a concert on Tuesday, tours and a visit to the Institute of Plasma Physics on Wednesday, and a dinner on Thursday.

The next symposium in the series, ISPC-15, also with a summer school and workshop, will be held in OrlÈans, France in July 2001.

Professor André Ricard
IUPAC Physical Chemistry Division (I)
Subcommittee on Plasma Chemistry


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