Organising Committee
Welcome Address
Policy and Scope of the Meeting
Format of the Scientific Programme
Major Topics Covered
Conference Timetable
Scientific Programme
All-Invited Social Events
Accompanying Persons Programme
The Venue, Accommodation and Access
Map of Kutna Hora Centre
General Information
History of SAT Meetings
Book of ESAT 2000
Preparation and Submission of Abstracts
Registration and Fees
List of Participants
Second Circular in pdf Form

Postal Address:
18th ESAT
Department of Physical Chemistry
Institute of Chemical Technology
166 28 Prague 6, Czech Republic
Phone:+420 2 2435 4031
Fax: +420 2 2431 0273

18th European Seminar on Applied Thermodynamics

ESAT 2000

June 8-11, 2000

Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

Organised by

Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague
Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals,
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic


Organising Committee


Karel Aim
Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague

Vlastimil Ruzicka
Department of Physical Chemistry
Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague

Honorary Chair

Helmut Knapp


Lida Bartovska (Secretary) - ICT, Prague
Pavel Chuchvalec - ICT, Prague
Ivan Cibulka - ICT, Prague
Jaroslav Matous - ICT, Prague
Ivan Wichterle - ICPF, Prague
Milan Zabransky (Treasurer) - ICT, Prague

International Steering Committee

Karel Aim (ICPF, Prague)
Jakob de Swaan Arons (Technical University of Delft)
Maria Eugenia Rebello de Almeida Macedo (University of Porto)
Evelyne Neau (University of Marseille)
Peter Rasmussen (Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby)
Marek Rogalski (University of Metz)
Vlastimil Ruzicka (ICT, Prague)
Dimitrios Tassios (National Technical University of Athens)
Robert W. (Bob) Wheelhouse (ICI, Runcorn)


Welcome Address

It is our great pleasure and honour to welcome you to the 18th European Seminar of Applied Thermodynamics, ESAT 2000, held in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic.

We are particularly proud that, in the long history of SAT meetings (and related world conferences - see the History of SAT Meetings section), we have been entrusted with organising this meeting, for the first time outside what has traditionally been called "the western world", in the year of the millennium jubilee. So it is with a certain trepidation that we are awaiting your final assessment.

Regarding the scientific programme, the 18th ESAT follows the time frame and format adopted for previous meetings in the series. We are cordially inviting your attention to the following:

  • Nine invited lectures given by prominent speakers on highly relevant topics (though we regret that we have not succeeded in ensuring adequate participation of representatives of industry in this category)
  • About 110 posters, covering a variety of subjects of outstanding research within the nine major topic areas of the meeting. We are happy to see that most of them will be presented by young researchers. There will be only a few laboratory presentations on display within the poster session
  • A panel discussion, which may help us to identify the position and prospects of our discipline in the envisaged "European Research Area"

We would like to offer our thanks to the invited speakers, and to all contributors and participants who have brought and will share their knowledge, expertise, ideas and views to make the meeting fruitful and efficient.

At this point we would also like to acknowledge the support of our parent institutions, namely the Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

In addition, we are grateful to the representatives of the town of Kutna Hora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For Kutna Hora an event like ours is an important premiere. Not all of the facilities have yet been developed to the standards of international conferences, but we do hope that the historical atmosphere of the town will provide a special and perhaps a stimulating environment for the scientific and social gatherings of the Seminar.

We are praying for favourable weather during the meeting, wishing you a very pleasant stay in Kutna Hora and hoping that only good memories of ESAT 2000 will remain with you on your return home after the Seminar.

On behalf of the Organising Committee,

Karel Aim and Vlastimil Ruzicka


Policy and Scope of the Meeting

The Seminar is a meeting of engineers and scientists interested in thermodynamic and thermophysical properties of gases, liquids, gels and solids. In the design, operation and control of chemical processes, knowledge of the thermodynamic properties of pure compounds and of mixtures is of the utmost importance. Such information is required for the conception, development and design of new processes and products as well as for the improvement and optimisation of established technologies. The seminar is an opportunity for representatives of producing, engineering and construction companies to meet scientists from universities and research institutes and to discuss the present state of the art.

Users from industry are encouraged to define their demands for better and more specific information. Researchers from universities and institutes should report on availability of laboratory equipment, new results and better theories. Solutions to current experimental and theoretical problems and anticipated industrial applications of the results should be also discussed.


Format of the Scientific Programme

The 18th ESAT follows the conference format adopted by the Steering Committee for the preceding meeting of the series held in Vilamoura, Portugal, in 1999. The program thus consists of invited lectures, poster sessions (including laboratory presentations), and panel discussion. There will be no oral presentations other than the invited lectures, i.e., all the accepted contributions will be presented within the poster sessions. Panel discussion will be devoted to "Applied thermodynamics research in the envisaged European Research Area". Everybody is invited to participate.

The official language of the conference will be English and no simultaneous translation will be provided.

Slide (5 x 5 cm), overhead, and video projectors will be available for lecture presentations. For posters, hardboards of 1.5 m in width and 1.2 m in height will be available.


Major Topics Covered

    A1 - Aqueous Systems
    A2 - Chemical and Phase Equilibria
    A3 - Computational Thermodynamics of Real Systems
    A4 - Bio- and Micellar Systems, Interfacial Phenomena
    B1 - Environmental Issues
    B2 - Experimental Techniques, Data
    B3 - Petroleum Fluids
    B4 - Molecular-Based Models
    B5 - Advanced Materials, Polymers


Conference Timetable

Thursday, June 8

14:00-20.00 Registration (Office at the Sankturin's House)
16:00-21:00 Dinner at "Kometa" Restaurant
16:00-17:30 First Sightseeing Tour with an Excursion to a Medieval Silver Mine
16:30-18:00 Second Sightseeing Tour with an Excursion to a Medieval Silver Mine
20:00-20:30 Opening Address at the Italian Court
20:30-22:00 Get-together party at the Italian Court

Friday, June 9

Invited Lectures - Session A at the Conference Hall

Chair: H. V. Kehiaian
9:00-9:10 Conference Opening
9:10-9:50 V. Majer: Thermodynamics of Aqueous Systems over a Wide Range of Temperatures and Pressures
9:50-10:30 G. Maurer: Chemical and Phase Equilibria - Experiments and Modeling
10:30-10:50 Coffee Break
Chair: A. Malijevsky
10:50-11:30 W. R. Smith: Molecular-Level Simulation of Chemical Reaction and Phase Equilibria: a Practical Engineering Design Tool?
11:30-12:10 D. N. Theodorou: Property Prediction through Molecular Simulation: Status and Perspectives
12:10-12:40 A. Heintz: Thermodynamics of Complex Liquid Mixtures Containing Associating Components and Including Reactive Systems. New Theoretical Aspects Supported by Ab Initio Quantum Mechanical Calculations
12:45-14:30 Lunch at "Kometa" Restaurant

14:30-18:00 - Poster Session A at the Sankturin's House

16:00 Coffee served
17:00-20:00 Dinner at "Kometa" Restaurant
20:30-21:15 Concert at the Church of St. Barbara
21:15-21:45 Guided Tour of the St. Barbara Church Interior

Saturday, June 10

Invited Lectures - Session B at the Conference Hall

Chair: Th. W. de Loos
9:00-9:40 G. Brunner: Environmental Issues (The Impact of Thermodynamics)
9:40-10:20 D. Richon: VLE and VLE + PVT Measurements at Pressures up to 100 MPa. Experimental Techniques and Discussion
10:20-10:40 Coffee Break
Chair: J. P. O'Connell
10:40-11:20 J. Lovland: Thermodynamics of Petroleum Production
11:20-12:00 I. Nezbeda: Molecular-Based Equations of State: Rigorousness versus Speculations
12:00-13:45 Lunch at "Kometa" Restaurant

14:00-17:00 - Poster Session B at the Sankturin's House

15:30 Coffee served
17:30-19:00 Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks
20:00-23:00 Farewell Party at the Sankturin's House

Sunday, June 11

9:30-11:00 Third Sightseeing Tour with an Excursion to a Medieval Silver Mine
7:00, 9:00, 13:00 Approximate Departures of Charter Buses


Scientific Programme


All-Invited Social Events

All the registered participants of ESAT 2000 including the accompanying persons are cordially invited to take part in the following events. (Please note that accompanying persons shall go for the sightseeing tours within Accompanying Persons Programme on Friday morning.)

Thursday, June 8

16:00-17:30 First Sightseeing Tour with an Excursion to a Medieval Silver Mine
16:00-20.00 Dinner at "Kometa" Restaurant
16:30-18:00 Second Sightseeing Tour with an Excursion to a Medieval Silver Mine
20:00-20:30 Opening Address at the Italian Court
20:30-22:00 Get-together party at the Italian Court

Friday, June 9

17:00-20:00 Dinner at "Kometa" Restaurant
20:30-21:15 Concert at the Church of St. Barbara
21:15-21:45 Guided Tour of the St. Barbara Church Interior

Saturday, June 10

20:00-23:00 Farewell Party at the Sankturin's House

Sunday, June 11

9:30-11:00 Third Sightseeing Tour with an Excursion to a Medieval Silver Mine


Accompanying Persons Programme

Thursday, June 8

14:00-20.00 Registration (Office at the Sankturin's House)
16:00-21:00 Dinner at "Kometa" Restaurant
20:00-20:30 Opening Address at the Italian Court
20:30-22:00 Get-together party at the Italian Court

Friday, June 9

9:00 Meeting the Guide
9:15 Sightseeing Tour of the Church of St.Barbara
9:45 Sightseeing Tour of the Historical Centre of Kutna Hora
10:30 Sightseeing Tour of the Museum Hradek (Little Castle) with an Excursion to a Medieval Silver Mine (1st group)
11:00 Sightseeing Tour of the Museum Hradek (Little Castle) with an Excursion to a Medieval Silver Mine (2nd group)
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Sightseeing Tour of the Italian Court
15:00Visit of the "Kamenny dum" (the Gothic Stone House)
17:00-20:00 Dinner at "Kometa" Restaurant
20:30-21:15 Concert at the Church of St. Barbara
21:15-21:45 Guided Tour of the St. Barbara Church Interior

Saturday, June 10

9:00 Meeting the Guide, Bus Departure to Zehusice
10:00Visit of the White Deer Park in Zehusice
11:15Departure to Tasice
12:00 Visit of the Glass-Blowing Factory in Tasice
13:00 Lunch at the Restaurant with a View to the Glass-Blowing Factory
14:30Departure to Kutna Hora
15:30Visit of the Church of All Saints with an Ossuary and of the Tabak (Tobacco) Company Museum
20:00-23:00 Farewell Party at the Sankturin's House

Sunday, June 11

7:00, 9:00, 13:00 Approximate Departures of Charter Buses


The Venue, Accommodation and Access

The Seminar will take place in Kutna Hora, a town rich in history located about 60 km east of Prague (population 22,000). The town was built in the early Middle Ages on a silver ore field. During its boom period in the 15th century it was the second most significant town after Prague, both from the political, cultural and economic points of view. At present, it is one of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Czechia.

All the sites of the events of ESAT 2000 (the Sankturin's House, Conference Hall at the District Office, and the Italian Court) as well as all the relevant restaurants and hotels (Anna, Garni, Medinek, "U Vlasskeho Dvora", Zlata Stoupa, "U Zvonu" and Pension "U Rytiru" ) are conveniently located in the heart of the old town of Kutna Hora, either at the central Palacky Square or within a short walking distance from the square (see the map Map size 1, Map size 2 and Map print version [12 MB !]).


Accommodations during ESAT 2000 will be provided in several smaller hotels located in the central part of Kutna Hora. The reservation will be made for the three days of the meeting (i.e., for nights of June 8 through 10, 2000) and the payment is included in the overall ESAT 2000 fee.

Please use the REGISTRATION FORM to specify your needs, including early arrivals to and/or late departures from Kutna Hora.

The organisers regret they cannot assist the participants of ESAT 2000 in reservations of pre- or post-conference stays in Prague.

How to Get to Kutna Hora

From Prague Airport

Take local public bus No. 119 (leaving every 10 minutes during weekdays, ticket price 12 CZK) or a taxi and go to the terminal of Metro line "A" called "DEJVICKA", located at VITEZNE NAMESTI (it is also the terminus of the bus). Then use one of the following options.

By Charter Bus from Prague

On Thursday, June 8, 2000, there will be three chartered buses leaving for Kutna Hora -- at 12:00, 14:30, and 17:00 -- from the departure point located in front of Building B of the Prague Institute of Chemical Technology (in TECHNICKA Street in Prague - Dejvice, about 200 m from the terminal of Metro line "A" named "DEJVICKA", see map of the location).

By Public Coach from Prague

On weekdays, public coaches for Kutna Hora leave every 2 hours between 6:00 and 18:00, departing either from metro station FLORENC (lines "B" and "C") or from Metro station ZELIVSKEHO (line "A").

By Rail from Prague

There are four direct trains a day going from Prague Main Railway Station to Kutna Hora. However, the timetable will be revised at the end of May 2000.

By Car from Prague

Driving to Kolin, you may go directly by Road #12. However, taking the motorway D11 (E67) in direction to Hradec Kralove, then getting off by Exit #39 and following the Highway #38 to Kolin is faster and more comfortable. From Kolin, continue by Highway #38 and follow the signs leading you to the centre of Kutna Hora.

Please check regularly the ESAT 2000 Web Site for more detailed and up-to-date information on access to the meeting site and for solutions of possible emergency situations.

Links to Web Pages on Kutna Hora and its Environs

History of Kutna Hora
Kutna Hora on UNESCO Website
Some Highlights of Kutna Hora (ALFA Agency Page)
Over 50 Pictures of Kutna Hora and Interior Sights of Historical Buildings
List of Interesting Sites and Some Transport Connections, then look at kh-oview.html
The Ossuary in Sedlec
Felix Jenewein Antiquariat and Gallery
Map of Kutna Hora
Municipal Office Homepage (in Czech)
Homepage of Kutna Hora (in Czech)


General Information

Meals during the Conference

Lunches and dinners are included in the conference fee.


Please wear your ESAT 2000 badge during all scientific and social activities since your badge will be your entry ticket.


All visitors to the Czech Republic need valid passports. No visa is required from the citizens of most European countries. Please consult the Czech Embassy or Consulate in your country if in doubt. Visa is granted either immediately or within few days.

Letter of Invitation

Upon request, the Secretariat will send personal invitations to prospective ESAT 2000 participants. Such invitation letters are provided only for the purpose of assisting participants to raise travel funds or obtain visa. No financial commitment on the part of the organisers is implied.

Weather and Clothing

The weather in Czechia at the beginning of June is usually pleasant, day-time temperature above 20 oC, but occasional rain is possible. The weather forecast for the next 4 days can be found e. g. on the Intellicast server.

Banking Facilities

The exchange of some money upon arrival is recommended. The currency in the Czech Republic is the Czech crown (CZK, Kc). It can be purchased at banks, airports, railway stations, hotels and from other licensed exchangers. The current exchange rate is approx. 36 CZK = 1 EUR.

Foreign currency can be brought in and out without restrictions. Czech currency can be freely exchanged on leaving.

Tourist Information

General information about the town of Kutna Hora and its environs, maps, transport and excursions can be obtained at the registration desk.


The Organising Committee does not accept any liability or responsibility for death, illness or injury to persons or the loss of, or damage to property or for any financial loss of any person attending the conference.

Participants should make their own arrangements in respects of health and travel insurance. The organisers will not be held liable for delays or any modification to the programme due to unforeseen circumstances.



History of SAT Meetings

Listed are SATH's (Seminars on Applied Thermodynamics) and ESAT's (European Seminars on Applied Thermodynamics) along with alternating FPPECPD's (International Conferences on Fluid Properties and Phase Equilibria for Chemical Process Design) and PPEPPD's (International Conferences on Properties and Phase Equilibria for Product and Process Design)

Year Organizer(s) Meeting Venue Country
1974 TU Berlin1st SATH Berlin (West)Germany
1976 TU Berlin2nd SATH Berlin (West)Germany
1977 U Delaware, Newark1st FPPECPD Asilomar, CAUSA
1978 TU Denmark, Lyngby3rd SATH LyngbyDenmark
1979 Shell, Amsterdam 4th SATH AmsterdamThe Netherlands
1980 TU Berlin2nd FPPECPD Berlin (West)Germany
1980 Linde AG, Muenchen5th SATH SachrangGermany
1982 Institut Francais du Petrole6th SATH Rueil-MalmaisonFrance
1983 U Florida, Gainesville3rd FPPECPD Callaway Gardens, GA USA
1983 U Dortmund7th SATH DortmundGermany
1985 U Trieste8th SATH TriesteItaly
1986 TU Denmark, Lyngby4th FPPECPD HelsingorDenmark
1987 Norsk Hydro, Porsgrunn9th SATH BergenNorway
1988 U Porto10th SATH OrfirPortugal
1989 U Calgary5th FPPECPD Banff, AlbertaCanada
1990 TU Denmark11th SATH LyngbyDenmark
1991 TU Berlin12th SATH BerlinGermany
1992 U Trieste6th FPPECPD Cortina d'AmpezzoItaly
1993 U Marseille13th ESAT MarseilleFrance
1994 TU Athens14th ESAT MarathonGreece
1995 U Colorado, Golden7th FPPECPD Snowmass/Aspen, COUSA
1996 ICI, Runcorn15th ESAT RuncornUnited Kingdom
1997 U Metz + ENSIC-INPL, Nancy16th ESAT Pont-a-MoussonFrance
1998 TU Delft8th PPEPPD NoordwijkerhoutThe Netherlands
1999 U Porto + U Aveiro17th ESAT VilamouraPortugal
2000 ICT, Prague + ICPF, Prague18th ESAT Kutna HoraCzech Republic


Book of ESAT 2000

A book containing the final programme, extended abstracts of invited lectures, posters, and laboratory presentations, as well as the list of participants will be distributed to all technical participants at registration.


Preparation and Submission of Abstracts

Any author presenting invited plenary lecture, poster, or displaying laboratory presentation is invited to submit an abstract.

The abstract should be prepared in accordance with the following rules: Maximum number of pages: 2; Page format: A4 (29.7 x 21.0 cm); Page margins on each side: 2.5 cm (i.e., printing to portrait-oriented rectangular area 24.7 x 16.0 cm); Fonts: Times New Roman or similar; Format of the first page (all items left-aligned):

TITLE OF THE CONTRIBUTION [Title: capitals, bold, 14 pt.]
<One line skipped>0 [12 pt.]
A. First, B. Second1, C. Third2 [Authors: bold, 14 pt., presenter underlined]
<One line skipped> [12 pt.]
Institution, Department, Mailing address, E-mail address [Affiliation: italics, 12 pt.]
1Institution, Department, Mailing address, E-mail address
2Institution, Department, Mailing address, E-mail address
<Two lines skipped> [12 pt.]
Text of the abstract [12 pt., single line spacing]

Text of the abstract body should be justified. New paragraphs should be indented by 0.7 cm. Figures may also be included. References should be numbered in order of appearance, with reference numbers in text enclosed in brackets. Following the body of the abstract, the references should be listed within the following format (left-aligned):

<At least one line skipped> [12 pt.]
<One line skipped> [12 pt.]
REFERENCES [Heading: capitals, 12 pt.]
[1] White A., Black, B.: J. Phys. Etc. 11, 1000 (1999). [12 pt.]
[2] ......

Commonly used word processor like Microsoft Word in any IBM-PC version is strongly recommended. Only as an emergency option, plain text in ASCII will also be accepted. The abstract preferably should be submitted in electronic form, either as an e-mail attachment or a file on a mailed diskette. Alternatively, an unfolded hardcopy of camera-ready abstract printed on one side of a sheet, produced by using a laser or ink-jet printer (or similar good quality printer), can be sent by ordinary mail.

For an abstract to be printed in the Book of ESAT 2000, the completed registration form, payment by at least one of the authors, and the abstract must reach the Secretariat of ESAT 2000 not later than March 10, 2000.


Registrations and Fees

The final REGISTRATION FORM is downloadable as plain text or as rich text format document. Participants should register by e-mail or return the registration form no later than by March 10, 2000. The total conference fees are as follows:

Technical participant (single room) 380 EUR
Technical participant (double room) 350 EUR
Accompanying person (single room) 280 EUR
Accompanying person (single room) 250EUR
Reduced (student) fee 200EUR

The fee covers registration, lodging, all meals during the meeting, social and cultural events, including accompanying guests programs and local transportation (chartered bus) costs.

Payment Options

The conference fee should be paid not later than March 10, 2000, by one of the following ways:

  • By an international cheque drawn in Euro and payable to ESAT-18. The name(s) of the participant(s) must be clearly indicated on the cheque. The cheque should be mailed together with the completed hardcopy REGISTRATION FORM. In case that the REGISTRATION FORM is sent by e-mail or fax, the payment by cheque and related date(s) must be properly indicated in the form.
  • By direct bank transfer to:
    Ceskoslovenska obchodni banka (CSOB) a.s.
    Address: Na prikope 14, 110 00 Praha 1
    Account No.: 01-35171280/0300
    Variable Symbol: 403 64 0009
  • By credit card: Mastercard, Eurocard, and VISA, will be accepted. (There will be a maximum 4% handling charge for the payment.)

Please make sure that any transfer charges are not deducted from the total net amount required.

Cancellations and Refunds

The conference fee will be refunded (with deduction of 10% to cover the handling costs) if participation in the conference is cancelled before May 15, 2000, in writing. No reimbursement will be possible after this date.


Confirmation of registration and payment will be sent to the participants after the remittance has been received.

  Last update: May 25, 2000 (iw)