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Report from IUPAC-Sponsored Symposium


41st Microsymposium on Polymer Membranes, 16-19 July 2001,
Prague, Czech Republic

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The series of Prague Meetings on Macromolecules continued with this microsymposium devoted to the highly topical theme of polymer membranes. The Organizing Committee, chaired by Dr. Miroslav Bleha, produced a scientific program of outstanding quality in a pleasant working atmosphere, with all the positive attributes typical of scientific events with a long-term tradition. The scope of the meeting included the chemistry of membrane design, morphology control, characterization of structure and properties of membranes, and the use of membranes. Applications of membrane systems included separation of liquids by pervaporation, gas separation, catalysis, construction of fuel cells, polymer supports for metal ion complexes, ion-exchange membranes, and many other techniques. The invited speakers were well selected to cover virtually all topical aspects of polymer membrane science, as follows:

  • "Conductive polymer membranes" (J. Sarrazin, France)
  • "Why are permselective polymers low-permeable?" (Yu. P. Yampolskii, Russia)
  • "Polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cells" (M. H. V. Mulder, Netherlands)
  • "Controlled flux behavior of membrane fractionation" (J. Howell, UK)
  • "Membrane hybrid systems: Idea, mechanisms, and performance" (R. Wódzki, Poland)
  • "Poly(ether imide) membrane formation by vapor-induced phase inversion" (A. Deratani, France)
  • "Membrane gas separation opportunities in the control of greenhouse effect" (P. S. Puri, USA)

The four-day conference was attended by 106 active participants and 19 accompanying persons from 18 countries. The scientific program of the meeting was devoted to principles and applications of membrane science and consisted of 8 main lectures, 20 short special lectures, and 2 poster sessions (74 posters). A highly topical panel discussion, "The role of polymeric membranes in the 21 st century", coordinated by M. Wessling (Netherlands), was stimulating for all participants. A fine social program included an excursion to the Castle of Dobrí• with an informal dinner and also a piano recital in Brevnov Benedictine Archabbey, which recently celebrated the millennium of its founding. Accompanying persons attended guided tours to the Prague Castle and Charles Bridge and participated in sightseeing trips around Prague.

The Prague Meetings on Macromolecules, organized under the auspices of IUPAC, will continue in 2002 with the 21 st Discussion Conference and 9 th International EPROS (Electrical and Related Properties of Polymers and Other Organic Solids) Conference, 15- 18 July 2002, Prague, Czech Republic.

Dr. Jaroslav Stejskal
Secretary, IUPAC Commission on Structure and Properties of Commercial Polymers IV.2
Institute of Molecular Chemistry
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Prague, Czech Republic


> Published in Chem. Int. 23(6), 2001

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