Organizations & People
Report from IUPAC-Sponsored
41st Microsymposium on Polymer Membranes, 16-19 July
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,
"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
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
Institute of Molecular Chemistry
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Prague, Czech Republic
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