Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1997, 62, 1143-1149

The Impact of IMEBORON Conferences on the Development of Boron Chemistry

Norman N. Greenwood

School of Chemistry, The University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, England


The idea of IMEBORON, a regular series of international meetings on boron chemistry was conceived in Czechoslovakia some 30 years ago and has had a profound and entirely beneficial effect on the development of boron chemistry. The nine conferences which have been held so far (in seven different countries) have nurtured a sense of coherence within the widely differing aspects of the subject and have been particularly important in fostering international respect and collaboration. The high quality of the papers presented, and the friendly atmosphere of the meetings was already firmly established at the first IMEBORON at Castle Liblice near Prague in 1971; this has done much to inspire young research workers, and to encourage their active participation.

Keywords: Boranes; Carbaboranes; Clusters; IMEBORON; Organoboranes.