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Report from IUPAC-Sponsored Symposium

9th 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 persons.

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

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