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Posted: October 25, 2007
Meeting convenes to discuss self-assembly and nanotechnology
(Nanowerk News) Under the theme of functional supramolecular systems: Self-assembly and nanotechnology, the 311th session of Xiangshan Science Conferences (XSSC) was held on October 22-24, in Beijing. The meeting was jointly chaired by Helmut Ringsdorf from Mainz University in Germany, David N. Reinhoudt from University of Twente in the Netherlands, SHEN Jiacong from China's Jilin University, TUNG Chen-ho from the CAS Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, and ZHANG Xi from Tsinghua University.
Beyond the molecule, supramolecular chemistry aims at developing highly complex chemical systems from components interacting by noncovalent intermolecular forces. As initiated by J. M. Lehn, 1987 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, the field was and is the basis for most of the essential biochemical processes of life. It has grown over the past 20 years into a major domain of modern teaching, research and technology. It has fueled numerous developments at the interfaces with biology, physics, materials science and biomedicine: thus giving rise to the emergence and establishment of supramolecular science, today a broad multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary domain, providing a highly fertile ground for creative cooperation of scientists from very different backgrounds.
Following the successful its four previous sessions on functional supramolecular systems held in May 1994, October 1998, October 2001, September 2004, respectively, XSSC has become a distinguished gathering for supramolecular studies. The new session on the subject drew scholars from various disciplines and countries. Their discussions were focused on self-assembly at all scales; biological self-assembly and biomimics; self-assembling nanomaterials and devices; and driving forces for self-assembly.