International Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry
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”. 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, results presented at the 4th ISFC (Estes Park, 1967) are mentioned in a book on the chemistry and technology of lubricants published in 2013, the Moissan Prize  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). The Book of Abstracts of 13th ISFC has been published as a special issue of the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry. The Book of Abstract of 21st ISFC can be tracked by its ISBN.
List of Symposia
|1||1959||Birmingham||United Kingdom||14–17 July||Colin J. Tatlow|
|2||1962||Estes Park||USA||17–20 July||Ogden R. Pierce, Alan M. Lovelace|
|3||1965||Munich||West Germany||30 August - 2 September||Friedrich Weygand|
|4||1967||Estes Park||USA||24–28 July||Paul Tarrant|
|5||1969||Moscow||USSR||21-26 July||Ivan L. Knunyants|
|6||1971||Durham||United Kingdom||18–23 July||William K. R. Musgrave|
|7||1973||Santa Cruz||USA||15–20 July||Neil Bartlett|
|8||1976||Kyoto||Japan||22–27 August||Nobuatu Watanabe, Nobuo Ishikawa|
|9||1979||Avignon||France||3–7 September||Paul Hagenmuller, Pierre Plurien|
|10||1982||Vancouver||Canada||1–6 August||Felix Aubke, Jean'ne M. Shreeve, Robert C. Thompson, William R. Cullen|
|11||1985||Berlin East||East Germany||5–9 August||Lothar Kolditz, Hasso Meinert|
|12||1988||Santa Cruz||USA||7–12 August||Donald J. Burton, Darryl D. Des Marteau, Paul R. Resnick, Stanley M. Williamson|
|13||1991||Bochum||Germany||2–6 September||Alois Haas, Peter Sartori|
|14||1994||Yokohama||Japan||31 July - 5 August||Nobuatsu Watanabe, Yoshiro Kobayashi, Hiroshi Kobayashi|
|15||1997||Vancouver||Canada||2–7 August||Felix Aubke, Jean’ne M. Shreeve|
|16||2000||Durham||United Kingdom||16–21 July||Richard D. Chambers, Graham Sandford|
|17||2005||Shanghai||China||24–29 July||Wei-Yuan Huang, Xi-Kui Jiang, Qing-Yun Chen||Initially scheduled on July 20–25, 2003|
|18||2006||Bremen||Germany||30 July - 4 August||Rüdiger Mews, Gerd-Volker Röschenthaler|
|19||2009||Jackson Hole||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||22–27 July||Rika Hagiwara, Takashi Yamazaki||484 participants|
|21||2015||Como||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||22-27 July||Veronique Gouverneur, David O'Hagan, Graham Sandford|
|23||2021||Québec||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|
- Fluorine Chemistry at the Millennium: Fascinated by Fluorine; R. E. Banks Ed.; Elsevier, Oxford, 2000; pgg. 68 and 489. ISBN 0 08 043405 3
- Houben-Weyl Methods of Organic Chemistry, vol. E 10 b/1, Stuttgart, 1999; pg. 113. ISBN 3 13 220304 1
- 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
- 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".
- 15th International Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry, Program and Abstracts, PL2
- "Journal of Fluorine Chemistry 1991, volume 54, issues 1-3".
- Book of Abstracts; P. Metrangolo, G. Resnati, G. Terraneo Eds.; Poliscript, Milano, 2015. ISBN 978 88 6493 030 5