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Chemistry International
Vol. 23, No.5
September 2001


New Book from IUPAC and Wiley-VCH

Macromolecular Symposia, Vol. 168: Natural and Synthetic Polymers: Challenges and Perspectives.

Symposium Editor, Waldo Argüelles-Monal; Editor, I. Meisel; Associate Editors, C. S. Kniep and S. Spiegel; Assistant Editor, K. Grieve. Published by Wiley-VCH, March 2001, pp. 1-116. ISBN 3527303308 (ISSN 10221360).

Contents and Preface

The 7th Latin American Symposium on Polymers (SLAP 2000), a joint meeting with the 5th Ibero-American Congress on Polymers and the 1st Ibero-American Symposium on Chitin and Chitosan, was held in Havana, Cuba, from 20-24 November 2000. This congress was organized by the Cuban Chemical Society, Polymers Section, and sponsored by the University of Havana, IUPAC, the Center for Research on Food and Development (Hermosillo, Mexico), and the Third World Academy of Sciences. The SLAPs have been organized since 1988 as an effort of Latin American polymer scientists and businessmen to exchange, discuss, and share results of macromolecular science. It could be stated that SLAP 2000 closed a cycle in the life of these Latin American and Ibero-American meetings, after having been celebrated previously in Venezuela, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.

It was a pleasure to welcome 291 delegates com ing from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United States, and Venezuela. The program of the meeting included the following topics:

  • synthesis and characterization of polymers
  • chemical modifications and specialty polymers
  • polymer processing
  • rheology
  • composites
  • biomass utilization
  • bio-polymers and natural polymers
  • polymer degradation
  • environmental impact and recycling
  • biomedical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnological applications
  • polymer physics

In addition to the above-mentioned topics, the program of the 1st Ibero-American Symposium on Chitin and Chitosan also was presented. This volume of Macromolecular Symposia collects some of the invited lectures presented by well-known specialists, giving an overview of the principal challenges and perspectives in current macromolecular science.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of SLAP 2000, I would like to thank all our Latin and Ibero-American colleagues, as well as those from other regions, for their participation and support that culminated in a successful meeting.

Dr. Waldo ArgüellesMonal
Instituto de Materiales y Reactivos
Universidad de La Habana
La Habana 10400, Cuba


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