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Chemistry International
Vol. 23, No.5
September 2001


New Book from IUPAC and Wiley-VCH

Macromolecular Symposia, Vol. 165: Developments in Polymer Synthesis and Characterization.

Symposium Editors, Ronald D. Sanderson and Harald Pasch; Editor, I. Meisel; Associate Editors, C. S. Kniep and S. Spiegel; Assistant Editor, K. Grieve. Published by Wiley-VCH, March 2001, pp. 1-154. ISBN 3527 303278 (ISSN 10221360).

Contents and Preface

UNESCO Chemistry for Life Division in Paris has awarded 13 Associated Centres for research in chemical science and education. One of these is the UNESCO Associated Centre for Macromolecules and Materials, in the Chemistry Department at the University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa. UNESCO has a humanitarian approach to the support of science and education. (See <>.)

One of the ways it sees its goals is to encourage and partially sponsor UNESCO Schools in collaboration with scientific associations such as IUPAC. The UNESCO School and Conference is held annually in Stellenbosch (50 km from Cape Town), South Africa (Web site: World authorities in various areas of macromolecular science are invited to deliver informative plenary lectures in their fields of expertise. Not only does this conference have the benefits of an IUPAC Conference, at which people can meet and form liaisons, it also introduces advanced concepts and techniques into Africa. Generous concessions are made for students and staff from disadvantaged communities or from countries with emerging technologies.

Abridged versions of papers presented at the 3rd UNESCO School and IUPAC Conference, held 8-12 April 2000, were compiled, in printed form, to create this contribution to Macromolecular Symposia. The content of the papers is also made available as a PowerPoint Presentation in the Virtual Teaching Encyclopedia, available online at <>.

Prof. R. D. Sanderson
UNESCO Associated Centre for Macromolecules and Materials
Chemistry Department,
University of Stellenbosch
Matieland, South Africa


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