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The polycyclics meeting, ISPAC 22 September 28, 2009

Posted by fetzthechemist in Uncategorized.
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One of the real strengths of this meeting and why I encourage people to attend it is that it is small, usually 100 to 200 people attending. This allows a lot of interaction. There are two simultaneous sessions, usually one is more chemical and the other more biological. But there isw obvious fuzziness between the two. People go from one to the other. Coffee breaks are mixers, as are the poster sessions. You interchange topics and ideas. I admit to actually sitting in and listening to several presentations on DNA adduct mechanistic talks. A lot of biological stuff, but interesting nonetheless. But papers on sulfur polycyclics in petroleum by Jan Andersson of Munster, on the PAHs produced in petroleum processing by Sylvain Verdier of Halder Topsoe of Denmark, and several by Judy Wornat’s group at LSU on PAHs produced in various combustions were the highlights in my favorite session.

This meeting’s award winner was Larry Scottt of Boston College. He spoke on curved PAHs and their synthesis, leading up to work on fully synthesized nanotubes (with only one of the three possible ring geometries being the target in each synthesis).

The tradition of good food being a part of the conference continued with breakfasts and lunches provided, as well as the conference banquet. This one was held at Charleston’s aquarium, which is a facinating place with a special focus on sea turtles.

The nest meeting, in September 2011, will be held in Munster, Germany.

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