The XI International Conference on Polymeric Materials: Properties, Processing, Modification, and Applications

The XI International Conference on Polymeric Materials: Properties, Processing, Modification, and... Russian Journal of Applied Chemistry, Vol. 78, No. 2, 2005, p. 344. Translated from Zhurnal Prikladnoi Khimii, Vol. 78, No. 2, 2005, pp. 349 350. Original Russian Text Copyright 2005 by Zaikov, Artsis. INFORMATION The XI International Conference on Polymeric Materials: Properties, Processing, Modification, and Applications The XI conference on polymeric materials was topics as organic and inorganic fireproof polymeric held on September 29 to October 1, 2004, at the materials; cryogenic mechanical milling of thermo- Martin Luther University in Halle/Saale, Germany. plastic polymers and their blends; processing of PVA The Conference Chair was H. Michler. The Con- blends; properties of rubbers, fibers, and films; and ference Committee included such well-known German use of plasma for modification of the surface of poly- scientists as Jorg Kressler, Hans-Joachim Radusch, meric articles. Rainer Schnabel, and others. Section C (Properties of Polymers and Application. Amohg the conference participants were more than Deformation and Fracture Processes) included 34 pre- 450 scientists from 80 research centers of 33 countries sentations. including Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Section D [New Polymeric Materials, Blends and Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Nanocomposites, Biomedical Materials] also included France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, 34 presentations. Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Section E (Green Polymers. Sustainable Develop- Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, ment of Polymers and Recycling) included 14 contri- and Uzbekistan. butions devoted to synthesis and characterization of Primary attention was given at the conference to new green polymers based on natural products and, the following problems: structure and morphology; in particular, chitin and chitosan, cellulose, sugars, characterization and testing of polymers; modifica- polysaccharides, lignin, starch, and also to the possi- tion of polymers; polymer processing; properties of bility of development of polymer hybrids. polymers and applications; deformation and fracture The first poster session included about 80 presenta- processes; new polymeric materials, blends, and nano- tions devoted to the structure, morphology, and prop- composites; biomedical materials; green (ecological- erties of polymers. ly clean) polymers; and sustainable development of polymers and recycling. The second poster session also included about 80 presentations on modification of polymers; polymer The Conference Program included four plenary processing; new polymeric materials, blends, compos- lectures. Then the Conference was held in the form ites and nanocomposites; biomedical materials; and of a series of minisymposia on five dedicated topics green polymers. and two poster sessions. The conference was accompanied by an exhibition The first plenary lecture [E.J. Balta-Calleja (Spain)] was devoted to micromechanical properties of poly- of new scientific instruments for study of properties mers and polymer blends (nanostructure and mor- and structure of polymers. phology). P. Eyrer, R. Emmerich, and M. Kaiser The conference revealed the steadily growing in- (Germany) reviewed in their lecture processes used terest in polymers and polymeric materials. Presently, for manufacturing polymers with improved charac- the world output of polymers (by volume, not by teristics. V. Altstadt and J. Sandler (Germany) con- weight) is equal to that of steel, cast iron, rolled met- sidered problems of synthesis and processing of nano- al, and nonferrous metals combined. composites. The main concern of the fourth lecture [K. Friedrich, F. Haupert, and Z. Zhang (Germany)] Rapid growth of the polymer industry settles many was the structure and properties of polymers rein- problems, posing, in turn, new problems, which are forced with spherical nanoparticles. being gradually solved. Section A (Structure and Morphology. Polymer Char- The next XII conference is planned to be held at acterization and Testing) included 30 presentations. the Martin Luther University in 2006. Section B (Modification of Polymers. Polymer Processing) included six presentations covering such G. E. Zaikov and M. I. Artsis 1070-4272/05/7802-0344 2005 Pleiades Publishing, Inc. Russian Journal of Applied Chemistry Springer Journals

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