13th POLYCHAR World Forum on Advanced Materials
July 3-8, 2005, National University of Singapore


POBox 305310, Denton, TX 76203-5310, USA
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propylene . ..
How to relieve
this boredom
of coupling
with identical partners ?
Do forward things:
twist here, twist there ...

(the beginning of the Oligopoem by ROALD HOFFMANN, in Soliton, Truman
State University Press, 2002)

Roald Hoffman, Invited Speaker at POLYCHAR-13

The 13-th Annual POLYCHAR World Forum on Advanced Materials took place in
the SUNTEC Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre on July
3 - 8, 2005. POLYCHAR-13 was also Symposium U of ICMAT and ISPAT held at the
same time in cooperation with the National University of Singapore. Below we
provide a brief report from the Forum, listing some of the presentations, all
Prize winners, and also new Members of the POLYCHAR Scientific Committee
elected in Singapore.

The profile of POLYCHAR has been described before; see for instance
W. Brostow, V.M. Castano, S.J. Clarson, A.M. Cunha, M. Hess and D.W.
Schubert, Mater. Res. Innovat. 2003, 7, 1; or W. Brostow, V.M. Castano,
A.M. Cunha, U. Goeschel, M. Hess, D. Pietkiewicz, J. Springer and G.
Williams, e-Polymers, no. E-002 (2004). We put together
experimentalists, those doing computer simulations modeling and theorists
in one lecture hall at one time. The resulting interactions are sometimes
astonishing. Achieving high numbers of participants is not among the
objectives. Each presenter has an opportunity - but not an obligation - to
submit a manuscript based on the presentation to the POLYCHAR Scientific
Committee. The manuscripts are considered by our Editors and referees
appointed by the Editors for publication in an e-Polymers (many viewer
hits daily). Thus, each author receives input from referees in addition
to verbal input during the Forum. The journal co-Editor-in-Chiefs accepts
the decisions of POLYCHAR Editors on publication.
The areas covered by the Forum in 2005 were: Predictive Methods;
Synthesis; Nanomaterials and Smart Materials; Mechanical Properties and
Performance; Dielectric and Electrical Properties; Surfaces, Interfaces
and Tribology; Rheology, Solutions and Processing; Biomaterials and
Tissue Engineering; Natural and Biodegradable Materials and Recycling; and
Characterization and Structure - Property Relationships.

Listing a selection of the papers presented is once again an impossible
task, but here are a few (see also below for papers of prize winners):
MITSURU UEDA (Tokyo Institute of Technology) talked about fabrication of
electronic devices containing metal wiring embedded in polyimides.

ROALD HOFFMANN (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY) in his invited talk
discussed also sad consequences of compartmentalization of Materials
Science and Chemistry. Among other materials, he and his team work on
carbides. Many ceramicists work on traditional cements and concretes and
most avoid carbides since the latter form chains and networks. Polymer
scientists - who have the tools to deal with macromolecular chains and
networks - also stay away from carbides believing these are inorganic
non-polymeric materials.

VICTOR M. CASTANO (National University of Mexico, Queretaro) talked about
positron annihilation as a tool in evaluation of polymers and gels.

PEARL LEE-SULLIVAN (University of Waterloo) discussed stress relaxation in
piezoelectric films.

PETER E. MALLON (University of Stellenbosch) talked about characterization
of surfaces modified by corona treatment.

HIROSHI WATANABE (Kyoto University) discussed rheology of block copolymer
micellar dispersions.

VIRINDER S. PARMAR (University of Delhi) talked about biocatalytic
generation of materials for flame-retardant and photo-voltaic

DIRK W. GRIJPMA (University of Twente) discussed preparation of
biodegradable networks.

DUSAN BEREK (Polymer Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences,
Bratislava) talked about separation and molecular characterization of
polymer blend components.

of Rouen) discussed relaxation behavior of glasses, both inorganic such
as chalcogenides as well as polymer networks - a step in the right
direction given the directions defined by Roald Hoffmann.

ULMAS GAFUROV (Institute of Nuclear Physics, Tashkent) talked about
macromolecular ordering and chain rupture in deformation of polyethylene.
WIEBREN S. VEEMAN (University of Duisburg) discussed uptake and mobility
of water in hard-soft segment copolymers.

ALEXANDER BISMARCK (Imperial College, London) talked about 3-dimensional
porous scaffolds for cultivating cells.

ATSUSHI SUZUKI (Yokohama National University) spoke on phase transitions
in polyelectrolyte hydrogels and also on surface friction between swollen
hydrogels in water.

ALEXANDER FAINLEIB (Institute of Chemistry of Macromolecular Compounds of
the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv) talked about synthesis of
nanoscaled polycyanurates.

The POLYCHAR-13 Prize Committee awarded the following Prizes:
The Paul J. Flory Polymer Research Award went ex aequo to:

* JUNG-IL JIN, University of Korea, Seoul - in particular for his work on
DNAs as materials for molecular electronics and self-assembled

* R.P. SINGH, University of Lucknow - in particular for his flocculants
used in treatment of industrial effluents and municipal waste water, and on
applications of polymers in agriculture.

Bruce Hartmann Award for a Young Investigator:
* DHANJAY DHURRY, University of Mauritius, Reduit - for his paper on
degradable polyesters and polypeptides for biomedical applications.
Second Prize for a Young Investigator:

* SIRIPON ANANTAWARASKUL, Kasetsart University, Bangkok - for his model
of crystallization fractionation analysis.

Carl Klason Prize for the Best Student Paper:
* AYPING YANG, University of Tokyo (advisor Takayoshi Kobayashi) and
Shandong University - for her paper on rational diffusion dynamics
determined by time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy decay and a second paper
on third-order nonlinear susceptibility of canthaxanthin.

Second Prize for a Student Paper:
* JELYNNE P. TAMAYO, University of the Philippines, Los Banos - for
computational and experimental studies of electric conductivity of several
polymers (advisor Ernesto J. del Rosario).

Diplomas of Distinction for Student Papers:
* WUNPEN CHONKAEW, University of North Texas, Denton - for demonstrating
connections between dynamic mechanical properties and scratch resistance
(advisors Witold Brostow and Kevin P. Menard).

* FEIFEI FANG, Inha University, Incheon - for preparation and
characterization of core + shell type microspheres and a second paper on
polyaniline + titanium oxide hybrids (advisor Hyoung Jin Choi).

* KEIJI TANAKA, Kyushu University, Fukuoka - for investigation of surface
thermal molecular motions of polymeric solids (advisor Tisato Kajiyama).

* KA PO WENDY YUNG, Nanyang Technological University (advisor Tay Beng
Kang) and Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (advisor Wei
Jun) - for characterization of effects of catalyst layers on growth of
carbon nanotubes.

ICMAT 2005 Student Poster Prize (awarded by POLYCHAR-13):
* KUY NAM KIM, University of Korea, Seoul - for flexible plastic displays
based on polymer liquid crystal blends (advisor Jung-Il Jin)

The POLYCHAR Scientific Committee has met during the Forum and elected
several new Members who have all accepted:
* ALEXANDER BISMARCK, Imperial College, London
* HYOUNG JIN CHOI, Inha University, Incheon
* ALEXANDER FAINLEIB, Institute of Chemistry of Macromolecular Compounds
of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv
* ROALD HOFFMANN, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
* DHANJAY JHURRY, University of Mauritius, Reduit
* PETER E. MALLON, University of Stellenbosch
* VIRINDER S. PARMAR, University of Delhi
* KOHJI TAHIRO, Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya


Photo Courtesy of Jung - Il Jin's Group


The Course on Polymer Characterization is available on a CD for US$ 35.00
per disk including air mail costs. Requests have to be sent to the present
address. Colleagues from tsunami-stricken countries (India, Sri Lanka,
Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar) receive the CD for free also via air mail.

Make certified check payable to

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P.O. Box 305310,
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Add memo: "POLYCHAR-13"


Below is the POLYCHAR schedule for the next three years. All recipients
of the present message and their collaborators and students are invited:
POLYCHAR-14, Nara, Japan, April 2006; see the POLYCHAR homepage
indicated above and for details http://www.nara-wu.ac.jp/polychar-14/
POLYCHAR-15, Rio de Janeiro, January 2007
POLYCHAR-16, Vigyan Bgavan - New Delhi, January 2008


Organizing Committee:

Witold Brostow, University of North Texas, Denton, Chair

Victor M. Castaño, National University of Mexico, Queretaro, Co-Chair
B.V.R. Chowdari, National University of Singapore, Co-Chair
Michael Hess, Duisburg-Essen University, Duisburg, Co-Chair
Masaru Matsuo, Nara Women's University, Co-Chair
M.P. Srinivasan, National University of Singapore, Co-Chair

Prize Committee:

Moshe Narkis, Technion, Haifa, Chair

António M. Cunha, University of Minho, Guimarães, Co-Chair
Alexander Fainleib, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Co-Chair
Ulmas Gafurov, Institute of Nuclear Physics, Tashkent, Co-Chair
Michael Hess, Duisburg-Essen University, Duisburg, Co-Chair
Masaru Matsuo, Nara Women's University, Co-Chair

Maintained by Jared Tucker
Last updated on July 20th, 2005