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IUCr 1995 Report - Commission on Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials

The main activity of the Commission in 1995 was the preparation and performance of the International School on Advanced Electronic Materials, which was held 6-15 February 1995 in the Crystal Growth Centre of the Anna University, Madras, India. It continued the successful series of similar schools organized in the past by the Commission for the benefit of students and young scientists, mainly from economically disadvantaged countries. Six present and two previous Commission members were active in the International Programme Committee of the School and helped to establish a programme of 46 lectures, which were presented by 7 Indian and 16 non-Indian teachers, among them three members of the Commission. 14 lectures treated the fundamentals of crystal growth, 20 dealt with growth methods, 10 with real structure and characterization and 2 with device fabrication. The local organization was in the hands of Professor C. Subramanian, Crystal Growth Centre of the Anna University, and his staff. The total number of participants was 102 (without teachers), among them 91 scientists from India and 9 from neighbouring and East European countries. The School was financially supported by the IUCr, the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy (ICTP), the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Delhi, India (CSIR), the Indian Association of Crystal Growth, the Tamil Nadu Government and the Anna University, Madras. 16 attendees received IUCr Young Scientist Awards. As a result of the strong engagement of teachers and participants in the lectures and discussions and, owing to the cordial kindness and hospitality of the Indian hosts, the School was a great success.

The Commission recommended IUCr sponsorship of the following international conferences: Sixth International Conference on Crystallization of Biological Macromolecules (ICCBM-6), 12-17 November 1995, in Hiroshima, Japan. A member of the Commission, F. Rosenberger, University of Alabama, USA, was President of the International Advisory Board; Fourth International Symposium on Ferroic Domains and Mesoscopic Structures (ISFD-4), 25-30 March 1996, Vienna, Austria.

The Commission was active in making proposals, mainly in the fields of crystal growth and defect characterization, for the programme of the forthcoming Seattle Congress. Four Microsymposia on crystal growth have been established, three of them (Fundamentals of Crystal Growth, Methods and Materials, Controlling and Predicting Crystal Morphology) being subject to the responsibility and care of the Commission Chairman.

The Eleventh International Congress on Crystal Growth was held 8-13 June 1995 in The Hague, The Netherlands, with meetings of the Executive Committee, the Council and the General Assembly of the International Organization for Crystal Growth (IOCG). Following an initiative of this Commission, a stronger interaction and cooperation of the IUCr and the IOCG in fields of common interest, e.g. in the study of crystal perfection, was discussed. It was agreed to consider a joint Symposium on Crystal Characterization. The new President of the IOCG, Professor T. Nishinaga, Tokyo University, Japan, is a member of this Commission.

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