European polymer science—future research strategies

Authors

  • Prof. Ronald Koningsveld,

    1. Polymer Institute ΣΠ Waldfeuchtstraat 13, 6132 HH Sittard (The Netherlands)
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    • is a retired director of the basic research division at Dutch State Mines (DSM) and professor emeritus of polymer science, University of Antwerp. He joined DSM in 1956, after receiving his first degree in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Delft and his Ph.D. from the University of Leiden. In 1980 he became director of the basic research division of DSM. He has held guest professorships in Great Britain, the United States and Belgium and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bristol, UK, and from the University of Dresden, FRG. His research interests include classical and statistical thermodynamics of small-molecule and macromolecular systems. Presently he is a free collaborator at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz (FRG) and the chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the EPF.

  • Prof. Gerhard Wegner

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    1. Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung Ackermannweg 10, W-6500 Mainz (FRG)
    • Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung Ackermannweg 10, W-6500 Mainz (FRG)
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    • is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Researh in Mainz, FRG. He was awarded his Ph.D. from the University of Mainz in 1965 and after two years postdoctoral work in the USA returned to the University of Mainz to begin a university career. In 1974 he joined the University of Freiburg as professor for polymer chemistry and became Director of the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry before moving to his present position in 1984. His contributions to the fields of polymers, and solid-state organic chemistry in general, have been recognized through the award of many national and international honors, including, most recently, the Otto Bayer Prize, the Research Prize of the Philipp Morris Foundation, and the Hermann Staudinger Prize of the German Chemical Society.


Abstract

Research development on a European scale is a recognized requirement if European efforts in many areas of science and technology are to keep pace with competition from overseas. Polymer science is no exception. At a recent European Polymer Federation Conference a round-table discussion was held on “Eurotopics” such as Optoelectronics, Supramolecular Architectures, Computer-Aided Polymer Research, Processing, Combustion, and Colloids. here, progress is summarized and future Europe-wide activities presented.

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