MASC: The Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Interest Group

MASC’s first meeting at the Polytechnic of North London on 5th May 1982 was organised by Peter Tasker and David Fenton with Luigi Fabbrizzi as the plenary speaker and contributions from early career researchers, who included Martin Schröder. Peter Moore and Bob Hay attended the following meeting, also held at the Polytechnic, and arranged for the Macrocyclic Chemistry Group to become affiliated to the RSC, acting as secretary and chairman. The annual meetings had a format which was unusual at the time in providing speaking opportunities for early career researchers alongside the well-established. This arrangement of having input from the venerable and vulnerable proved very popular. The incorporation of supramolecular chemistry into the Group’s remit at the suggestion of Fraser Stoddart and others has ensured the meetings cover a very broad range of applications of ligand design and self-assembly, enhancing their vibrancy and topicality.

In 2017 the MASC group started a new one-day meeting for Masters’, PhD, postdoctoral and early career researchers, organised by Steve Goldup and Jonathan Kitchen at the University of Southampton (MASC ECR). The MASC ECR meeting is now run annually, with the next event taking place at the University of Loughborough.

Previous MASC main meetings:

1994 – Warwick
1995 – Newcastle
2000 – ISMC St Andrews
2001  – Southampton
2001 – Birmingham
2002 – York
2004 – Sheffield
2005 – Newcastle
2006 – Leeds
2006 – Belfast Joint meeting with Coordination Chemistry Discussion Group
2007 – Manchester
2008 – Birmingham Supra-Nano2008 Joint meeting with Chemical Nanosciences and Nanotechnology
2009 – Cambridge
2011 Bath
2012 QMUL
2013 Glasgow
2014 UEA
2015 Durham
2016 Edinburgh
2017 ISMSC Cambridge
2018 Lancaster
2019 Kent
2020 Liverpool
2021 Liverpool
2022 Nottingham

Previous MASC ECR meetings:

2017 Southampton
2018 Manchester
2019 Lincoln

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