Earlier this year the 39th international meeting of the French Speaking Mössbauer Society (Groupe Francophone De Spectrométrie Mössbauer) was held in Béni-Mellal, Morocco. The conference was organized by Prof. Mohammed Sajieddine from the University Sultan Moulay Slimane and gathered 78 participants with 42 contributions (15 talks and 27 posters) including Invited speakers Prof. Hiroki Oshio (Univ. of Tsukuba), Prof. Abdelilah Benyoussef (Acad. Hassan II Sci. Techniques, Rabat, Morocco), Dr. Moulay Tahar Sougrati (Univ. Montpellier II, France) and Prof. Stanislaw Mieczyslaw Dubiel (AGH Univ. Sci. Tech., Krakow, Poland).
The meeting was centered on the input of Mössbauer spectroscopy in solid state chemistry and physics with a special emphasis on nanomaterials and current trends and applications of the technique. Delegates came from France, Belgium, Portugal, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Ivory Coast. A Mössbauer school was organized prior to the conference with invited lecturers Dr. Jean Marc Grenèche (Le Mans Univ.), Dr. Mustapha Abdelmoula (Univ. of Lorraine) and Dr. Jean Juraszek (Univ. of Rouen).
The event, which was held for the first time in North Africa, was a great success. It gathered scientists either using or interested in the Mössbauer technique to discuss the latest trends and advances. The GFSM, chaired by Prof. Yann Garcia (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium), organizes this meeting every year. Previously the meeting has been held at Le Mans (2016), Jülich (2015), Montpellier (2014), Nancy (2013), Rouen (2012), Strasbourg (2011) and Lisbon (2010).
Out of the numerous posters, the GFSM 2017 poster prize (150 €) was awarded to Mohammed Ounacer (University Sultan Moulay Slimane) from the group of Prof. Mohammed Sajieddine. The Dalton Transactions prize was awarded to Houria Benaissa (Université catholique de Louvain) from the group of Prof. Yann Garcia, on thermal sensors based on 4H-1,2,4-triazole derivatives. This later prize was delivered by Prof. Hiroki Oshio (Dalton Transactions advisory board member).
|Houria Benaissa (centre) receiving her award from Dalton Transactions advisory board member Hiroki Oshio (left) and Jean-Claude Jumas (right)|
A GFSM 2017 thesis prize (300 €) was also delivered to Siham Difi (Montpellier and Marrakech) by Dr. Jean-Claude Jumas (Montpellier, poster committee chairman).
Dalton Transactions offers a huge congratulations to all the prize winners!