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Report from IUPAC-Sponsored Symposium


15th Bratislava International Conference on Polymers: Preparation of Nonconventional Polymer Dispersions,
25-28 June 2001, Smolenice, Slovak Republic


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The conference took place at a fairy tale-looking castle of Smolenice located about 60 km north of the Slovak capital, Bratislava. Both the interesting venue of the conference and the well-organized scientific and social programs added to the success of the event. The organization was competently mastered by Dr. Ignác Capek from the Polymer Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, with the efficient help of his team of coworkers.

The scope of the conference covered the preparation of polymer particles ranging from a few tens of nanometers to the millimeter size, kinetics of particle formation, and the advanced design of particle structure. The synthetic approaches using microemulsions, miniemulsions, and emulsions have been discussed extensively. Specialty products included magnetic, conducting, and colored colloids, thermosensitive microparticles, and other objects with unique physico-chemical properties. Applications in drug delivery and the capture of various active species have been demonstrated. The titles of several lectures are illustrative:

  • "Kinetics and mechanism of oil/water (o/w) microemulsion polymerization of styrene" (M. Nomura, Japan)
  • "Polymer dispersions as intermediate states during synthesis of specialty polymers" (K. Tauer, Germany)
  • "ESR study on radical polymerization and its application to microemulsion systems" (M. Kamachi, Japan)
  • "Recent progress in reactive surfactants in emulsion polymerization" (A. Guyot, France)
  • "Polymerization in nanostructured media: Application to the synthesis of associating polymers" (F. Candau, France)

The conference was organized in honor of Dr. Jaroslav Barton, the former Director of the Polymer Institute, in appreciation of his 40 years of scientific contributions to the development of free radical polymerization in homogeneous and heterogeneous media. On the whole, 62 active participants from 10 countries generated a friendly working atmosphere and presented 15 main lectures, 11 contributed lectures, and 16 posters. The speakers were recognized experts in the field. There is a chance that a similarly oriented meeting will be held in about five years.

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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