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  • Inorganic and Organometallic Clusters and Polymers:Syntheses and Applications Symposium

    This 3-day symposium was organized by Pierre D. Harvey,

    Universite de Sherbrooke, and Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz,

    University of Winnipeg, and was held in London, Ontario,

    Canada, May 29th to June 1st, 2004 on the occasion of the

    87th Canadian Institute of Chemistry Meeting. The sympo-

    sium attracted 27 top scientists from all over the world as

    invited speakers. Two special issues were also published in

    Macromolecular Symposia (Volume 209, pages 1251,

    2004), and in the Journal of Cluster Science (JCS, Volume

    15, Number 2, pages 61261, 2004). These issues appeared

    at the same time as the conference.

    The symposium started with a brief introduction from

    Pierre D. Harvey explaining the purposes of the conference.

    He focused on the importance and opportunities of both

    communities to interact and benefit from each other on

    scientific grounds. This new strategy will help scientists

    meet the challenges of modern problems and needs. Colla-

    borations and exchange of ideas should issue from such an

    original symposium, en route towards new materials and

    unusual properties. The program consisted of a plenary

    lecture, invited lectures and a poster session.

    The first session focused on organometallic polymers

    and dendrimers. The speakers were Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz,

    Synthesis of Iron-Containing Polymers with Azo Dyes in

    the Backbones or Side Chains (Canada), David R. Tyler,

    Photochemically Degradable Polymers Containing Metal-

    Metal Bonds along their Backbones; The Effect of Stress on

    the Rates of Photochemical Degradation (USA), Ikuyoshi

    Tomita, Synthesis and Applications of Polymers Contain-

    ing Metallacyclopentadiene Moieties in the Main Chain

    (Japan), Kimihisa Yamamoto, Fine Control of Metal

    Assembling in Novel Phenylazomethine Dendrimers

    (Japan), Ashok K. Kakkar, Metallodendritic Materials

    for Heterogenized Homogeneous Catalysis (Canada), and

    Tara J. Burchell, student from Richard Puddephatts

    group, Self-Assembly of Coordination Polymers and the

    Formation of Extended Networks through Secondary

    Interactions (Canada).

    The second session focused on chalcogenide-containing

    clusters. The speakers were Joachim Wachter, Metal

    Telluride Clusters From Small Molecules to Polyhedral

    Structures (Germany), Minguey M. Shieh, Chalcogen-

    Containing Manganese Carbonyl Clusters: Synthesis and

    Structural Transformations (Taiwan), Pradeep Mathur,

    Some Reactions of Acetylenic Systems with Mixed-Metal

    Carbonyls (India), and Andreas Eichhoefer, Metal Chal-

    cogenide Cluster Molecules (Germany).

    The third session exhibited a wide range of topics ranging

    from bio-related polymers to materials and surface science.

    The speakers were Ian Manners, Synthesis and Properties

    and Applications of Highly Metallized Cluster-Based

    Polymers (Canada), Hiroshi Nishihara, Bottom-Up Fab-

    rication of Bis(terpyridine)metal Polymer Chains at Gold

    Surface and their Electron-Transfer Process (Japan),

    Heinz-Berhard Kraatz, Hydrogen-Bonded Peptides on

    Surfaces (Canada), Mark G. Humphrey, Towards Oligo-

    clusters Chemistry and Properties (Australia), Mitsu-

    hoko Shionoya, Artificial Metallo-DNA towards Discrete

    Metal Arrays (Japan), and Boon K. Teo (given by his

    student X. H. Sun), Zero-Dimensional Nanodots on One-

    Dimensional Nanowires: Reductive Deposition of Metal

    Nanoparticles on Silicon Nanowires (USA).

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    Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2004, 205, 19651966 DOI: 10.1002/macp.200400322 2004 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

    Conference Report 1965

    Figure 1. A picture of some of the invited speakers.

  • The fourth session consisted of various topics, including

    metal-containing polymers, supramolecular arrangements,

    magnetism and electric conductivity. The speakers were

    Robert C. Thompson, Structure and Magnetism in Coor-

    dination Polymers Incorporating Pyridinedicarboxylate

    Bridging Ligands (Canada), A. C. W. Leung (student

    from Mark J. MacLachlans group), Conjugated Metallo-

    polymers (Canada), Stuart L. James, Metal-Containing

    Rings, Cages and Nanoporous Polymers Based on Bridging

    Phosphines (Ireland), and Zhiping Zheng, Supramole-

    cular Arrays of Transition Metal Clusters by Design

    (USA). The session ended with two award lectures. The first

    one was presented by Martin Cowie, winner of the Alcan

    Award (2003). His lecture was entitled Roles of the Adja-

    cent Metals in Carbon-Carbon Bond Formation in Hetero-

    binuclear Rh/Os, Rh/Rh and Ir/Ru Complexes. (Canada).

    The second Alcan Award Lecture was presented by the

    winner of the 2004 award, Laurence K. Thompson, From

    Dinuclear to Triakontahexanuclear Complexes Adven-

    tures in Supramolecular Coordination Chemistry


    The fifth session was dedicated to cluster chemistry. The

    speakers were Arthur J. Carty, The Remarkable Coordi-

    nating Properties and Reactivity of Electrophilic Amino-

    phosphinidene Ligands PNR2 (Canada), J. M. Parnis,

    Niobium Cluster Reactions with Ethene: Experimental

    and Theoretical Study of Product Mass Distributions as a

    Probe of Cluster Reactivity Mechanisms (Canada), Brian

    F. G. Johnson, Clusters and Nanoparticles in Catalysis

    (England), Richard D. Adams, New Platinum-Ruthenium

    and -Rhodium Cluster Complexes: Structures, Molecular

    Dynamics and Catalytic Activity (USA), and Michael I.

    Bruce, Cluster-Capped Carbon Chains (Australia). This

    session closed with the Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic

    Chemistry Lecture presented by Michael Wolf, Metal-

    Containing Conjugated Materials: Oligomers, Polymers

    and Nanomaterials (Canada).

    The sixth session focused on various aspects of cluster

    chemistry. The speakers were Michael Veith, Siloxanes

    and Aminosiloxanes: Rotation and Oscillation of Lithium

    Cations in Crystals within Molecular Boxes (Germany),

    Laurence F. Dahl, New Frontiers in the Preparation/

    Stereochemistry of Nanosized Metal Carbonyl Clusters:

    Structure-to-Synthesis Approach (USA), Dominique

    Lucas, senior researcher in Yves Mugniers group,

    Reactivity of the Pd3(dppm)3CO2Cluster towards Orga-

    nic Halides. Applications to Organic Electrosynthesis

    (France), David H. Farrar, Synthesis and Initial Cluster

    Coordination Studies of Indolylphosphines (Canada), and

    John F. Corrigan, New Silylated-Chalcogen Reagents for

    Metal-Chalcogen Nanocluster Assembly (Canada).

    Pierre D. Harvey closed the symposium by thanking

    speakers, chairs, participants and sponsors. He stressed the

    importance of finding new ideas from each other special-

    ities and collaborations.

    Pierre D. Harvey

    Universite de Sherbrooke

    Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz

    University of Winnipeg

    Figure 2. A picture at the poster session of Patrick Shipman,University of Winnipeg and Pierre D. Harvey, Universite deSherbrooke.

    1966 Conference Report

    Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2004, 205, 19651966 www.mcp-journal.de 2004 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim


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