Spring 2014 Seminar Series

PPST sponsors a series of seminars covering a broad range of topics of general interest to the polymer community, featuring speakers from both on and off campus. [LIST OF PPST SEMINARS 1986 to PRESENT] We invite the polymer community at MIT and elsewhere to participate. For further information, contact Professor Brad Olsen at bdolsen@mit.edu. All talks take place on Wednesdays.

If you would like to receive Tuesday and Wednesday email announcements of the next upcoming PPST seminar, please email your request including your email address to:
ppst-www@mit.edu

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SPRING 2014 SEMINAR LOCATION: 66-110  (EXCEPT APRIL 30thProf. R.J. de Vries Seminar will be in 56-114)

Seminar 3:30 PM / Refreshments 3:00 PM

AnaVeraMachado

NEXT PPST POLYMER SEMINAR:

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014

Reactive Extrusion: an Overview”

Prof. Ana Vera Machado, Institute for Polymers and Composites, University of Minho (Portugal)

ABSTRACT: In recent years several strategies have been developed to prepare well defined and predictable polymer structures. The great issue here is that the desired properties and functions are arrived not by manipulation of the structure at atomic or molecular level, but by designing larger, nanoscopic building blocks, made of complex fluids (i.e., block copolymers, ion-containing polymers, polymer networks) and often of controlled shape (i.e., micellae, dendrimers, stars, combs, disks). The research for such materials will add a new dimension to the available range of properties and functions in polymers and other materials.

An alternative method to produce new polymeric materials with controlled structure is by reactive extrusion. Using this method it is possible to take the advantage of the knowledge on reactive systems (polymerization, modification and blending) that have been conducted during processing. Thus, this presentation will show the potential of this technique to prepare several polymeric based systems.

 FEBRUARY

 JamesWSwan

5

POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW-TO BE RESCHEDULED FALL 2014

“Strong or weak, quick or slow: Interpreting nonlinear viscoelasticity from large amplitude oscillatory flow”

SPEAKER: Prof. James W. Swan

MIT Department of Chemical Engineering

POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW–TO BE RESCHEDULED FALL 2014

12

NO SEMINAR

19

NO SEMINAR

 MillicentAFirestone

26

 

Hierarchically-structured electronically conducting polyelectrolytes for bioelectronics

SPEAKER: Dr. Millicent A. Firestone, The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Los Alamos National Labs

 

MARCH

12

MIT POLYMER DAY

2014 MIT POLYMER DAY POSTER CONTEST WINNERS:

Runners-Up: Benjamin Grena, Rosanna Lim, Hangbo Zhao and Dr. Saptarshi Chattopadhyay
Second Prize: 
Shefali Lathwal and Nisarg Shah
Grand Prize: Dr. Eilaf Ahmed 

Thank you to our participants, judges and sponsors for a great poster contest this year!!

 

Symposium Presentations

Eric M. Arndt (Prof. Christine Ortiz, PPST Graduate Student)
 ”Design principles of Bombardier Beetle defensive glands”

Matthew J. Glassman (Prof. Bradley D. Olsen, Chemical Engineering Graduate Student)
“Responsive toughening of shear thinning protein hydrogels by block co-polymer self-assembly”

Aleksander Zhukhovitskiy (Prof. Jeremiah Johnson, Chemistry Graduate Student )
“Novel methods for surface functionalization and gel synthesis through organometallic coordination”

 SMALLJoaoMiguelNobregaSPRING2014

19

“Design of Extruded Profile Forming Tools”

SPEAKER: Prof. João Miguel Nobrega, Institute for Polymers and Composites, University of Minho (Portugal)

26

NO SEMINAR–SPRING BREAK

APRIL

MichaelRubinstein

2

“Airway Surface Brush Sweeps Lungs Clean:
Polymer Physics Helps Us Breathe Easier”

SPEAKER: Prof. Michael Rubinstein, Dept. of Chemistry
University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill

 

 RonaldGLarsonSPRING2014

9

“Accurate Modeling of Polymer Dynamics in
Simple and Complex Flows”

SPEAKER: Prof. Ronald G. Larson, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

RaviPJagadeeshan4-16-2014

16

“Micro and Macro in the Dynamics of Dilute Polymer Solutions”

SPEAKER: Prof. Ravi Prakash Jagadeeshan, Monash University (Australia)

 AnaVeraMachado

23

Reactive Extrusion: an Overview”

SPEAKER: Prof. Ana Vera Machado, Institute for Polymers and Composites, University of Minho (Portugal)

 RJ(Renko)deVries

30

Supramolecular Design of a Minimal Coat-Protein for an Artificial Virus”

SPEAKER: Prof. RJ (Renko) de Vries
Wageningen UR
(The Netherlands)

NOTE: This Seminar will be in 56-114

 

 MAY

DarrinPochan

7

“Nanostructure and Material Construction through Peptide or Block Copolymer Solution Assembly”

SPEAKER: Prof. Darrin Pochan, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Delaware

 MarcAHillmyer

14

“Functional block polymers as masks, membranes, and monoliths”

SPEAKER: Prof. Marc A. Hillmyer
Dept. of Chemistry, University of Minnesota/Twin Cities

 

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