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Chemistry International
Vol. 23, No.5
September 2001


New Book from IUPAC and Wiley-VCH

Macromolecular Symposia, Vol. 161: Controlled Synthesis of Functional Polymers. Symposium

Editor, Jaroslav Kahovec; Editor, I. Meisel; Associate Editor, S. Spiegel; Assistant Editors, H. Beattie and C. S. Kniep. Published by Wiley-VCH, October 2000, pp. 1-190. ISBN 3527 301402 (ISSN 10221360).

Contents and Preface

The micro-symposium "Advances in Polymerization Methods. Controlled Synthesis of Functionalized Polymers" was the 39th in the series of Prague Meetings on Macromolecules organized since 1967. This micro-symposium, devoted to the tailoring of polymers, tried to bring together experts dealing with controlled polymerizations of all kinds regardless of the character of the growing chain-end. Thus, there was discussion of anionic, cationic, and radical processes leading to polymers with tailored structure and properties and bearing reactive groups.

Main topics covered were (i) tailoring of polymers by ionic living systems, (ii) controlled free-radical polymerization, (iii) synthesis of functionalized polymers by initiation and termination methods and by chemical modification of polymers, and (iv) characterization and application of functionalized polymers. It was shown that both the ionic (R. P. Quirk) and radical (K. Matyjaszewski) methods can offer the desired products; none of them, however, is generally applicable, and each method has its advantages and drawbacks (P. Lutz).

Several lecturers presented the utilization of appropriate combinations of polymerization methods giving polymers and copolymers of new structures, thus demonstrating the potential of controlled polymerization and stimulating new research initiatives.

An effort was made to include specialists from various parts of the world (127 participants from 29 countries); also, young scientists were encouraged to participate in the meeting. The scientific program consisted of 9 invited (main) lectures presented by top experts in various fields, 23 short (special) presentations, and 61 posters. Most of the oral contributions are included in this volume, reflecting both the quality and diversity of the meeting and giving a brief overview for those interested in the field. The organizers of the micro-symposium wish to express their gratitude to the sponsoring companies: Unipetrol, Inc., Czech Republic; Sigma-Aldrich Ltd., Czech Republic; Eastman Chemical Europe, B. V., United Kingdom; Bayer A. G., Germany; and Exxon Chemical Europe, Belgium.

Dr. Petr Vlcek
Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic,



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