The 4th International Conference on Phosphonate Chemistry, Science and Technology (ICOPHOS-4) will take place from 2 to 4 of October 2023 at Ibis Styles Central Hotel, in the city of Heraklion, in the island of Crete, Greece. The web site of the conference is up and running:

ICOPHOS-4 is organized by the members of the Crystal Engineering, Growth & Design Laboratory (Department of Chemistry, University of Crete), and it is under the auspices of the University of Crete.

It continues the tradition of three previous meetings, usually moving around Europe. Since the series’ inception in 2018, it aims to present, discuss, share and disseminate recent advances in phosphonate and phosphinate chemistry, thus promoting significant discoveries in science and technology.

The main thematic areas include:

Synthesis of phosphonic acids and phosphonates

Polymeric phosphonates and phosphonate-grafted polymers

Synthetic aspects of metal phosphonate coordination polymers and MOFs

Advanced characterization techniques in metal phosphonate chemistry

Gas absorption and storage


Proton conductivity and related energy applications

Composites containing phosphonates (eg. with Nafion) for energy applications

Metallic corrosion inhibition in water treatment

Mineral scale inhibition in water systems

Absorption of toxic substances/water purification

Uses of phosphonates as drugs (eg. for osteoporosis)

Controlled drug release and drug delivery systems

Medicinal applications of phosphonates

Surface modification by phosphonic acids

Dr. Kostas Demadis
Professor of Chemistry
Crystal Engineering, Growth & Design Lab
Department of Chemistry
University of Crete
PO BOX 2208
GR-71003 Voutes Campus
Heraklion, Crete
Phone +30 2810 545051
Fax +30 2810 545001


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