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Reports from IUPAC-Sponsored Symposia

1st IUPAC Workshop on Advanced Material: Nanostructured Systems (WAM-1)

14-18 July 1999
Hong Kong, China

This meeting represents the first of IUPAC's efforts to become involved in the identification and characterization of novel research directions by the organization of workshops on new directions in chemistry. Hong Kong University for Science and Technology (HKUST) and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Athens, GA, USA were IUPAC's cosponsors for WAM-1, which focused on the theory, synthesis, and properties of nanoparticles; quantum dots and quantum wells; nanotubes; nanowires and nanorods, self-assembly; bio-inspired structures; and nanotechnology.

WAM-1 grew out of the belief that new research fields, where the activity is truly international, are expected to contribute to high-quality, significant scientific development and to constitute the cutting edge for new technologies. The idea of holding the meeting in Hong Kong was to get scientists active in advanced materials research from the West to interact strongly with those from the Orient. Indeed, this first workshop has fulfilled the twin goals of international representation and high technical quality, with participation of 59 scientists from 14 countries (7 from the Far East: China (both mainland and Hong Kong), Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, and Taiwan; and 7 from the West: Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States) in a program of scientific presentations of extremely high technical merit.

In an act of serendipity that made the timing of WAM-1 as exciting as its content, on the last day of the meeting the New York Times published an article entitled "Computers Poised for a Great Leap", which emphasized the role of nanostructures in new molecular computer technology. The publicity reverberated worldwide and further reinforced IUPACís wisdom in beginning to sponsor workshops in frontier areas of chemical research.

Manuscripts from WAM-1 will be published in a special issue of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

>Published in Pure Appl. Chem. 72(1-2), 1-331 (2000)<


Professor Mostafa El-Sayed
WAM-1 Organizing Committee
Professor Joshua Jortner
President of IUPAC



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