Sep 25, 2018
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More than 100 scientists from around the world attended the 10th International Mesostructured Materials Symposium (IMMS10) at UCLA September 10-13, 2018. 
 
Professors Sarah Tolbert (UCLA), Galen Stucky and Brad Chmelka (UC Santa Barbara), and Sheng Dai (Oak Ridge National Laboratory | University of Tennessee, Knoxville), with assistance from UCLA divisional assistant Stephanie Hotz, organized the IMMS10 conference, held at the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI).
 
This is only the second time that the IMMS conference has been held in the United States, the first time being in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. Following the success of Baltimore Symposium, eight very successful IMMS conferences have been held at locations around the globe.  
 
Select photos from the event can be viewed below and the complete set can be viewed on the photo gallery.
 

IMMS10 attendees soak up the California sunshine while wearing the IMMS10 sunglasses they received on the first day of the conference. 
 
The IMMS is focused on materials where architecture at the mesoscale (~2 – 50 nm) plays a dominant role in controlling materials properties. While the conference has historically been focused on mesoporous materials, this year’s conference welcomed all aspects of science and engineering research where nanoscale architecture plays a dominant role in controlling function or properties. 
 
The conference featured nine sessions of invited talks and ten sessions of contributed talks.
 
Over 100 scientists from around the world attended the conference held at the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute.
 
The conference featured nine sessions of invited talks, ten sessions of contributed talks, two poster sessions, a trip to the Hollywood Bowl for a picnic dinner and classical concert, a pub crawl for students, and a reception, banquet, and award ceremony. 
 
At the award ceremony, Shinji Inagaki and Thomas Bein received the IMMA Lifetime Achievement Award. Inagaki graciously accepted his award and Bein, who was not able to attend the conference, gave his acceptance remarks by phone. Sheng Dai was presented with the IMMA award. Shih-Yuan Chen, Michael Lau, Yongbeom Seo, and Yan Yan received poster awards and Surya Vatti and Sophia King received honorable mention poster awards.
 
At the banquet, it was announced that the next conference in the series (IMMS11) will be held in Dalian, China in 2021.
 
The conference was sponsored by the International Mesostructured Materials Association (IMMA), Nanoscale Horizons (a Royal Society of Chemistry journal), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.
 
At the outdoor terrace reception at UCLA - IMMA president Dongyuan Zhao (far left) and Secretary Karen Edler (second from right) with conference organizers (from left) Galen Stucky, Brad Chmelka, Sarah Tolbert, and Sheng Dai. 
 
Shih-Yuan Chen, Michael Lau, Yongbeom Seo, and Yan Yan received poster awards.
 
Surya Vatti and Sophia King received honorable mention poster awards.
 
The IMMA council presented the 2018 IMMA Award to Sheng Dai.
 
At the award ceremony, Shinji Inagaki and Thomas Bein received the IMMA Lifetime Achievement Award. Inagaki graciously accepted his award and Bein, who was not able to attend the conference, gave his acceptance remarks by phone.  Peter Behrens accepted the certificate on Bein’s behalf.
 
 
Photos by Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry