International Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry

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The International Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry (ISFC) is an academic conference where researchers present their most recent original results on the chemistry of fluorine and its derivatives. Communications deal with all compounds of fluorine, from hydrogen fluoride to fluoropolymers and other fluorocarbons. Participants to editions from 18th ISFC onwards have been nearly 500, most of them were from academia, researchers from fluorochemical industry being the second largest group.


On 14 – 17 July 1959, Colin J. Tatlow organized in Birmingham (UK) an event which was "a milestone in fluorine chemistry", namely he arranged “an International Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry, which became the first of the now regular and important familiar series”.[1] After the 8th ISFC, held in Kyoto (Japan) on 22 – 27 August 1976, ISFCs were systematically organized every three years under the governance of an International Steering Committee. From the very beginning ISFCs were reference events for scientists involved in fluorine chemistry and they played a major role in framing and maintaining the community of fluorine chemists. Some emblematic confirmations of this roles are: results presented at the 1st ISFC (Birmingham, 1959) are cited in a Houben-Weyl volume on fluorine chemistry published in 1999,[2] results presented at the 4th ISFC (Estes Park, 1967) are mentioned in a book on the chemistry and technology of lubricants published in 2013,[3] the Moissan Prize [4] is the most prestigious prize in fluorine chemistry and is presented at ISFCs.

George A. Olah, Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1994, gave a plenary lecture at the 15th ISFC (Vancouver, 1997).[5] The Book of Abstracts of 13th ISFC has been published as a special issue of the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry.[6] The Book of Abstract of 21st ISFC can be tracked by its ISBN.[7]

List of Symposia[edit]

N. Year City Country Period Chair(s) Notes
1 1959 Birmingham United Kingdom United Kingdom 14–17 July Colin J. Tatlow
2 1962 Estes Park United States USA 17–20 July Ogden R. Pierce, Alan M. Lovelace
3 1965 Munich West Germany West Germany 30 August - 2 September Friedrich Weygand
4 1967 Estes Park United States USA 24–28 July Paul Tarrant
5 1969 Moscow Soviet Union USSR 21-26 July Ivan L. Knunyants
6 1971 Durham United Kingdom United Kingdom 18–23 July William K. R. Musgrave
7 1973 Santa Cruz United States USA 15–20 July Neil Bartlett
8 1976 Kyoto Japan Japan 22–27 August Nobuatu Watanabe, Nobuo Ishikawa
9 1979 Avignon France France 3–7 September Paul Hagenmuller, Pierre Plurien
10 1982 Vancouver Canada Canada 1–6 August Felix Aubke, Jean'ne M. Shreeve, Robert C. Thompson, William R. Cullen
11 1985 Berlin East East Germany East Germany 5–9 August Lothar Kolditz, Hasso Meinert
12 1988 Santa Cruz United States USA 7–12 August Donald J. Burton, Darryl D. Des Marteau, Paul R. Resnick, Stanley M. Williamson
13 1991 Bochum Germany Germany 2–6 September Alois Haas, Peter Sartori
14 1994 Yokohama Japan Japan 31 July - 5 August Nobuatsu Watanabe, Yoshiro Kobayashi, Hiroshi Kobayashi
15 1997 Vancouver Canada Canada 2–7 August Felix Aubke, Jean’ne M. Shreeve
16 2000 Durham United Kingdom United Kingdom 16–21 July Richard D. Chambers, Graham Sandford
17 2005 Shanghai China China 24–29 July Wei-Yuan Huang, Xi-Kui Jiang, Qing-Yun Chen Initially scheduled on July 20–25, 2003
18 2006 Bremen Germany Germany 30 July - 4 August Rüdiger Mews, Gerd-Volker Röschenthaler
19 2009 Jackson Hole United States USA 23–28 August Joseph S. Thrasher, Olga V. Boltalina, Steven H. Strauss, Richard E. Fernandez 405 participants; joint event with the 3rd International Symposium on Fluorous Technologies
20 2012 Kyoto Japan Japan 22–27 July Rika Hagiwara, Takashi Yamazaki 484 participants
21 2015 Como Italy Italy 23–28 August Pierangelo Metrangolo, Giuseppe Resnati, Giancarlo Terraneo 559 participants; joint event with the 6th International Symposium on Fluorous Technologies
22 2018 Oxford United Kingdom United Kingdom 22-27 July Veronique Gouverneur, David O'Hagan, Graham Sandford
23 2021 Québec Canada Canada 18-23 July Chadron M. Friesen, Michael Gerken, Jean-François Paquin, Gary J. Schrobilgen joint event with the 9th International Symposium on Fluorous Technologies


  1. ^ Fluorine Chemistry at the Millennium: Fascinated by Fluorine; R. E. Banks Ed.; Elsevier, Oxford, 2000; pgg. 68 and 489. ISBN 0 08 043405 3
  2. ^ Houben-Weyl Methods of Organic Chemistry, vol. E 10 b/1, Stuttgart, 1999; pg. 113. ISBN 3 13 220304 1
  3. ^ Synthetics, Mineral Oils, and Bio-Based Lubricants: Chemistry and Technology; L. R. Rudnick Ed.; Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, 2013; pg. 186. ISBN 978 1 4398 5537 9
  4. ^ The prize was created after the Centennial 1986 Paris Symposium to commemorate Moissan's isolation of elemental fluorine in 1886, it is presented every three years to stimulate research in the fields of fluorine chemistry. "Prix Henri Moissan".
  5. ^ 15th International Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry, Program and Abstracts, PL2
  6. ^ "Journal of Fluorine Chemistry 1991, volume 54, issues 1-3".
  7. ^ Book of Abstracts; P. Metrangolo, G. Resnati, G. Terraneo Eds.; Poliscript, Milano, 2015. ISBN 978 88 6493 030 5