International Symposium on Solubility Phenomena (9th ISSP), 25-28
July 2000, Hammamet, Tunisia
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The seaside resort city of Hammamet, south of
Tunis, was the site of the 9th International Symposium on Solubility
Phenomena (ISSP). Welcoming banners in Arabic and English greeted
participants at the entrance of the Hotel Sol Azur, where excellent
conference facilities were available. The symposium was cochaired
by Dr. Najia Kbir-Ariguib (Institut National de Recherche Scientifique
et Technique, INRST) and Prof. Radhouane Chtara (President, Société
Chimique Tunisienne, SCT). Joint organizers were the IUPAC Commission
on Solubility Data (V.8) and the SCT. The symposium also welcomed
the sponsorship of IUPAC and the SCT. Support is further acknowledged
from the Faculty of Science of Tunis, High School for Education
and Recycling, and INRST. Ninety-six participants from 22 countries
(Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland,
France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Poland,
Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, and the
United States) took part. Of the scientific participants, 46 were
from Tunisia and 50 from abroad. There were also 8 accompanying
The opening ceremonies brought greetings from
Prof. Chtara and Dr. Kbir-Ariguib (Symposium Co-chairs), Prof. David
G. Shaw (Chairman of IUPAC Commission V.8), and Prof. John W. Lorimer
(Official IUPAC Representative to the 9th ISSP).
Plenary lectures were given by Prof. H. A. J.
Oonk (Netherlands), "Solid State Solubility and its Limits"; Prof.
M.-Th. Cohen-Adad (France), "Phase Equilibria at Very High Temperatures:
Influence of Pressure"; and Prof. J.-E. Dubois (France, President
of CODATA), "New Data Access and Integration: Interdisciplinary
Actions of CODATA". Six invited lectures were given by N. Kbir-Ariguib
(Tunisia), "Extraction of Salts from the Tunisian Brines: Use of
Solubility Diagrams"; J. Rumble (USA), "Reliable Solubility Data
in the Age of Computerized Chemistry: Why, How, and When"; W. Voigt
(Germany), "Solubility Equilibria in Multicomponent Oceanic Salt
Systems at t = 0 to 200 °C: Model Parametrization and Databases";
T. Ogawa (Japan), "Dissolution and Formation of Nuclear Materials
in Molten Media"; E. Königsberger (Austria), "Thermodynamic
Modeling of Crystal Deposition in Humans"; and M. Gaune-Escard (France),
"Dissolution of Spent Fuels in Molten Salts in Pyrochemical Treatment".
In addition, there were 24 contributed papers and 33 posters.
The invited lectures, contributed papers, and
posters covered the general areas of: solid-state solubility and
molten salts; thermodynamics and kinetics in solution; biomineralization;
fullerenes; nucleation phenomena; applications of coprecipitation
phenomena and phase equilibria in separation technology and formulation
of thin films; and compilation and evaluation of solubility data.
Lectures and contributed papers were given in six sessions, and
there was a very fine halfday poster session. The plenary and invited
lectures will be published in Pure and Applied Chemistry under the
editorship of Prof. Peter G. Fogg (UK).
Participants enjoyed an evening dinner reception
hosted by the Société Chimique Tunisienne. A halfday
excursion to the site of Carthage and its excellent museum, plus
the picturesque seaside village of Sidi Bou Saïd, was followed
by the symposium dinner, hosted by Dr. Kbir-Ariguib, in a restaurant
in Carthage. Accompanying persons were well looked after, with excursions
to the renowned Bardo Museum in Tunis and to the ancient cities
of Kairouan, Sousse, and Monastir. The organizers are to be congratulated
on a well-planned meeting that provided valuable new information
on many aspects of solubility phenomena. The extensive participation
of Tunisian chemists, along with a number of posters describing
their current work, was a particularly notable feature of the symposium.
Prof. John W. Lorimer
Member, IUPAC Subcommittee on Solid Solubilities V.8.3
Department of Chemistry
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada
> Published in Chem.
Int. 23(3), 2001