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Vol. 35 No. 1
January-February 2013


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IUPAC PChem Visits University of Tokyo

The off-year meeting of the IUPAC Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division, Division I, was held in Tokyo, 9–10 June 2012. One day before the meeting, “The One-Day IUPAC Division I Symposium” took place in the Chemistry Main Building on Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo. All 10 division titular members (TM), two associate members (AM), and one national representative (NR), who came to Tokyo to join the meeting, were invited to give a talk to present their recent work. This highly appreciated scientific meeting was the first of its kind for the division. It allowed committee members to become mutually acquainted with their particular working domains. The excellent quality of the talks and lively discussions among committee members and around 75 participants—students and professors of the University of Tokyo, as well as researchers from nearby laboratories—proved the success of the enterprise.

The one-day symposium, originally proposed by Division President Kaoru Yamanouchi, will likely be continued at off-year meetings. The symposium was partially supported by the Chemical Society of Japan, the University of Tokyo, and the Science Council of Japan.

The symposium opened with an address from IUPAC President Kazuyuki Tatsumi, who underlined the high activity of the division while noting the need for more interdisciplinary projects within the Union. The program mirrored the diversity of the different domains of physical and biophysical chemistry that were covered by the talks. In 13 talks of 25 minutes each, a variety of topics at the frontiers of physical and biophysical chemistry were presented. Following is a sampling:

  • infrared spectroscopy at wet surfaces (McQuillan, TM from New Zealand)
  • high-resolution spectroscopy of water vapor (Császár, AM from Hungary)
  • fluorescence correlation spectroscopy at single molecules (Bhattacharyya, NR from India)
  • electrochemical studies of biomimetic membranes for the investigation of peptides and proteins (Guidelli, TM from Italy)
  • thermodynamic and kinetic studies of protein oligomerizations using peptides (Assaf, TM from Israel)
  • ultrafast intramolecular kinetics from molecular quantum dynamics (Marquardt, TM from France)

One participant said: “I did not expect that such a rich diversity of topics, ranging from the biophysics of nucleic acids to the quantum dynamics of tri-atomic molecules could be brought together in such an ideal way.” We sincerely hope that his fruitful occasion will mark the first in a series of similar endeavors.

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