25 No. 3
May - June 2003
Methods for the Investigation of Polymers
Kahovec (symposium ed.)
Symposia, Vol. 190, 2002
20th Discussion Conference on Scattering Methods for the Investigation
of Polymers was organized as the 60th meeting in the series
of the Prague Meetings on Macromolecules. The meeting was
held under the auspices of IUPAC at the Institute of Macromolecular
Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, from
912 July 2001.
meeting aimed to provide a forum for scientists specializing
in scattering methods, which are important tools for characterization
of the structure and dynamics of polymers. Knowledge of the
final structure and the structure evolution during the preparation
and processing of polymeric materials is a prerequisite for
understanding, predicting, and controlling their properties
and functions. Rapid development of instrumentation for time-resolved
scattering experiments has extended significantly the accessibility
of such information.
topics of the conference included various aspects of light,
X-ray, and neutron scattering techniques, as well as applications
of these methods to a variety of polymeric materials and systems.
At the conference, 7 main lectures, 23 special lectures, and
41 posters were presented. The conference also included two
interesting panel discussions organized and led by G. D. Wignall
(USA), Progress in SANS Studies of Polymer Systems, and W.
Burchard (Germany), Weighing Up New Possibilities of Scattering
and Simulation Techniques for Determination of Structures
and Chain Dynamics.
this volume of Macromolecular Symposia, the papers based on
the main lectures and special lectures are collected together
with an article written by G. D. Wignall and S. King (UK)
summarizing the main results of the panel discussion devoted
to neutron scattering. In this paper, the present state of
the art and prospects for future developments in the field
are discussed and predictions made at the Neutron Scattering
in the Nineties symposium held in the mid-80s are reviewed.
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