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Macromol. Symp., Vol. 157, 2000, pp. 1-257

Ionic Polymerization

Symposium Editor, S. Kobayashi
Wiley-VCH, 2000, pp. 1-257
ISBN 3-527-30136-4


The International Symposium on Ionic Polymerization (IP'99) sponsored by The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry was held on July 19-23, 1999 in Kyoto, Japan. The symposium was also sponsored by The Chemical Society of Japan, The Society of Polymer Science, Japan, The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan, and Japan Chemical Innovation Institute. This is regarded as the third symposium in the series of The International Symposium on Ionic Polymerization, following up the successful symposia in Istanbul (1995) and in Paris (1997)

The symposium aimed to bring together scientists and engineers from all over the world being interested in ionic polymerizations and related areas and to promote research developments in these fields by an exchange of information and stimulating new ideas. The research area covered in this symposium was directed toward the traditional field of cationic, anionic and ring-opening polymerizations, as well as more broadly to polymer synthesis, including radical polymerization, metalcatalyzed polymerization, polycondensation, enzymatic polymerization, and new polymer architecture.

Approximately 260 active participants from 14 countries attended the symposium. A total of 94 oral reports including invited lectures were presented in two parallel sessions, and 61 posters were also presented. The presentations were of high quality and in the cutting edge of science and technology of these fields. Very vivid and excellent discussions took place during and after the scientific program, definitely contributing to the realization of the purpose of this symposium. This special issue of Macromolecular Symposia covers the papers from invited lectures, which will help scientists and engineers to find the future direction in ionic-polymerization, as well as in other important fields in polymer synthesis.

The organization of this symposium was made possible with the help and collaboration of all the Committee and Board members. We deeply thank these people for their big effort. Our sincere thanks go to the following corporations for their support: Ajinomoto Co., Inc., Asahi Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., Asahi Glass Co., Daicel Chemical Industries, Ltd., Daikin Industries, Ltd., Denki Kagaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, DuPont Kabushiki Kaisha, Harima Chemicals, Inc., Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd., Japan Chemical Innovation Institute, Japan PMC Corporation, JS R Corporation, Kaneka Corporation, Kuraray Co., Ltd., Lion Corporation, Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd., Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., Nippon Zeon Co., Ltd., Nissei Sangyo Co., Ltd., Polyplastics Co., Ltd., Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd., Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., and Toyo Ink MFG Co., Ltd.

Shiro Kobayashi
October 1999

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