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Report from IUPAC-Sponsored Symposium


6th International Workshop on High-Temperature Superconductors and Novel Inorganic Materials Engineering (MSU-HTSC VI),
24-30 June 2001, Moscow to St. Petersburg, Russia

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This workshop was organized by the Departments of Chemistry and Materials Science of the Moscow State University. The workshop was held on a boat ("Fedor Shalyapin") going from Moscow (departure: 24 June 2001) to St. Petersburg (arrival: 30 June 2001). The meeting was superbly organized by our Russian colleagues, Prof. Yu. D. Tret'yakov, Prof. E. V. Antipov, Prof. A. R. Kaul, and Dr. R. V. Shpanchenko. More than 200 participants from all over the world contributed 9 plenary lectures, 73 oral presentations, and 107 posters. The evening poster sessions never stopped before midnight; scientific discussions continued during the "white nights". The central part of the scientific program was focused on superconductivity and oxide materials, including theoretical aspects, structure/ property relationships, and applications. However, time was also allowed for nonoxide materials. Of course, the boride superconductor was also presented in two plenary lectures given by Prof. J. Akimutsu (Japan) and Prof. J. Jorgensen (USA). These results contributed to an intensive and sometimes controversial roundtable discussion on "Design of new inorganic materials".

The workshop was a real treat-not least because of the excursion program that was offered every day during a boat stop for a few hours. We saw impressive monasteries, churches, and icons during the excursions and fascinating scenery during the boat trip. And, finally, we reached wonderful St. Petersburg! Congratulations and thanks again to the organizers.

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Kniep
Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Physik fester Stoffe
Nöthnitzer Strasse 40
01187 Dresden, Germany


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

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