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14th International conference on Polymer-solvent Complexes and Intercalates
1st conference on Next-Generation of (Macro)-Molecular Self-Assembled Systems

Strasbourg, France, September 19-22, 2022


The topic of this series of international conferences was originally centered on polymer systems that are obtained through the co-crystallization, or in a broader sense, through the co-organization of polymer chains or macromolecules with solvent molecules. These systems, which are also designated as polymer-solvent molecular compounds, crystallosolvates, intercalates…., typically form through molecular recognition (intercalates) and/or through specific molecular interactions (complexes). While complexes of this type were known for decades for biopolymers, such as cellulose/water, cellulose/amines, amylose/water, amylose/organic molecules,… their observation with synthetic polymers is much more recent which has triggered a renewal of interest towards these systems. The former six conferences were therefore entitled Polymer-solvent Complexes and Intercalates. It, however, turned out that more and more other systems, such as supramolecular polymers (self-assembled systems) and proteins complexes, were discussed, as the scientists involved in their study clearly shared common concerns, and in many cases similar scientific approaches. To acknowledge the broader range of systems presented in this series of conferences, it was felt that a new name should be coined. POLYSOLVAT seemed to be an appropriate choice: a short name that conveys the general idea of specific interactions of large molecules with smaller ones. The 7th conference, that took place in Marrakech in 2008, was accordingly renamed POLYSOLVAT-7. As is now customary, POLYSOLVAT-14 will focus on the formation mechanisms, the morphology, the molecular structure, and the properties of compounds from synthetic polymers, biopolymers, proteins, and supramolecular polymers. The bulk state, the solutions and the systems formed at surfaces/interfaces will be considered.

Participants to the first conference in 1996 held in Meyrueis (France)
Previous conferences
  • 1996 Meyrueis, France
  • 2000 Ischia, Italy
  • 2002 Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2004 Lorient, France
  • 2006 Manchester, UK
  • 2008 Marrakech, Morroco
  • 2010 Strasbourg, France
  • 2012 Kiev, Ukraine
  • 2014 Salerno, Italy
  • 2016 Kolkata, India
  • 2018 Grenoble, France
  • 2021 Osaka, Japan (2020 conference shifted due to Covid)