Second Announcement & Call for Abstracts
The Organizers of the Biennial Workshops are Ioffe Physico-Technical
Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St.Petersburg Nuclear
Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Centre
for Research and Technology "FIZINTEL".
The first Workshop was held in 1993 and every two years the Workshops
continue attracting more and more participants in St. Petersburg.
The Russian Foundation for Basic Research and Ministry of Industry,
Science and Technology of the Russian Federation is sponsoring IWFAC'2003
like as previous ones. The Workshop provides an international forum
for the exchange of information on the latest progress in the field
of carbon clusters. The scientific program consists of both oral
and poster presentations as well as lectures by invited keynote
speakers who survey areas of major interest.
General topics include synthesis and technology, physical properties,
chemistry of carbon clusters, main applications of carbon clusters
for industry, biology and medicine, and the latest progress in the
field of clusters in solid state physics.
As a rule, the number of the participants of the Workshop is about
300, including 200 from Russia and 100 from European countries,
Japan, USA, and Korea.
The unique properties of closed hollow carbon clusters attract the
attention of research teams all over the world. The organizers of
the Workshops are pleased to point out that most of the founders
of the fullerene science from around the globe have taken part in
The lists of invited speakers of the past Workshops included scientists
well known in the fullerene world: H.Kroto (UK, Univ. of Sussex),
D.R.Huffman (USA, Univ. of Arizona), W.Kraetschmer (Germany, Max-Plank-Institute),
E.Osawa (Japan, Nanocarbon Research Institute), S.Iijima (Japan,
NEC Corporation) and others.
The Proceedings of the IWFAC's were published by Gordon & Breach
Science Publishers as special issues of the Journal "Molecular
Materials" (v.4, No.1-3, 1994; v.7, No.1-4, v.8, No.1-2, 1996;
v.10, No.1-4, v.11, No.1-2, 1998, v.13, No 1-4, 2000) and Journal
of the Solid State" (Vol. 44, Issue 3, pp. 399-599, Vol.
44, Issue 4, pp. 601-685, 2002).
In spite of its short history the Workshop has its own traditions.
The science of carbon clusters is radically interdisciplinary in
nature. Physics, chemistry, mathematics, astronomy, and medicine
represent an incomplete list of fields dealing with the research
of fullerenes, nanotubes and other carbon clusters. Indeed, fullerene
science opens ways for constructing new materials with predetermined
properties on the atomic scale and actually creates the fundamentals
of material science in the XXI century.
Therefore discussions of fullerene applications is one of traditions
of IWFAC. Possible fullerene applications, their results and prospects
in industry, electronics, biology and medicine were the points of
broad discussion at the Applications Panels in 1995 and 1999 (Chairs:
D. Huffman, W. Kratschmer and A. Vul'). The Program Committee would
like to continue a discussion of carbon cluster applications at
The Sponsors and the Organizing Committee have been trying to help
and promote young participants, and it is also one of the traditions
of IWFAC. In 1997 a special award for young scientists for best
presentation at the IWFAC was established and the first winners
were awarded at IWFAC'97, '99, '2001.
In conclusion, some words about our Social Program. St. Petersburg
is both a scientific and a cultural center. It is a beautiful city
designed and built by Russian and Western architects. It is often
called "the Venice of the North". As usual along with
the Scientific Session a Social Program is planned.
The Symposium organizers will arrange for a sightseeing program
to introduce the guests to St.Petersburg on the eve of its 300th
anniversary. The Symposium will be held in the period of "white"
nights, when the city looks especially beautiful.