Welcome Letter

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to welcome you to Crete and our 16th International Conference “Polymers and Organic Chemistry”, POC-16. The Conference is organized by the University of Crete, and it is under the sponsorship of IUPAC. It continues the tradition of previous meetings, usually alternating between continents. Since their inception in 1982 in Lyon, France, the POC series present, discuss, share and disseminate recent advances at the interface of the fields of polymers and organic chemistry, thus promoting significant discoveries in science and technology.

The most recent POC conferences took place in:
  • 2000, Tianjin, China
  • 2002, San Diego, USA
  • 2004, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2006, Okazaki, Japan
  • 2009, Montreal, Canada
  • 2012, Doha, Qatar
  • 2014, Timisoara, Romania

The main scope of the POC conference is to exchange information, results and advances among scientists working in the areas of polymer synthesis, characterization, and applications, with an eye towards organic chemistry.

The main thematic areas of POC-16 are:
  • Advances in polymer synthesis
  • Polymers for separations and environmental protection
  • Polymers in medicine, biochemistry and agriculture
  • Novel functional polymers
  • Polymers for catalysis and energy applications
  • Biocatalysis and polymers synthesis
  • Biopolymers and their applications
  • Functional Metal-Organic Frameworks and Coordination Polymers, synthesis and applications
  • Polymers in Cultural Heritage

The Conference Program will comprise two presentation formats, oral presentations and poster presentations. Two (2) Plenary Lectures and eight (8) Invited Talks will be delivered by leaders in the polymer field. It is expected that more than 80 oral presentations will occupy the dense conference program. Poster presentations have been organized in two (2) sessions (Monday and Tuesday evenings), and will run during cocktail receptions. The posters will be on display during the whole day of each poster session.

I would like to extend our thanks the Scientific and Organizing Committees, and the Symposium Chairs for facilitating the conference programming and organization. Also, a big “thank you” goes to our young researchers, who were responsible for all aspects of the technical organization, program, and all kinds of little (but significant) details of this conference.

We hope you will enjoy the conference!

With kind regards, 

Kostas Demadis, Professor of Chemistry / Conference Chair