The International Polymer Colloid Group (IPCG) was founded in 1972 as a forum for exchange of ideas and emerging research activities for scientists and engineers from both academia and industry who study or use polymer colloids. The IPCG is comprised of about 70 researchers who are elected to membership. Activities include annual symposia including a biennial International Polymer Colloid Group Research Conference, and a semiannual newsletter that includes a summary of recent (including unpublished) research results from our members.
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The term "polymer colloids" was coined in 1970 with the idea that it should embrace current science and technology as well as systems as yet unknown, beyond "latexes". What was, and is known, is that science and technology develop rapidly, and that it is impossible to predict what new discoveries will arise. And this certainly has been the case in our field. Colloidal particles by definition have dimensions in the nanometer range. Thus it is somewhat amusing to colloid scientists who have been working with 'nanoparticles' for over six decades to learn about the 'new' field of nanoparticles. Nanotechnology, on the other hand, is a very exciting and truly new field which embraces not only colloidal particles of all kinds but also functional structures at the nanometer scale. We are delighted to be in the very heart of this activity! - R.M. Fitch
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