Past Polymer Seminar Speakers (1993-2021)

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FALL 2022

Prof. Michael B. Ross, Department of Chemistry, U. Mass/Lowell
TOPIC: “Manipulating the Structure and Properties of Noble Metals Using Post-Transition Elements”
Prof. Qin (Maggie) Qi, MIT Department of Chemical Engineering
TOPIC: “Complex Fluids in Microchannel Flows: From Bleeding to Drug Delivery”
Prof. Ritu Raman, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
TOPIC: “Biological Actuators for Applications in Medicine and Machines”
Prof. Samanvaya Srivistava, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California/Los Angeles
TOPIC: “Polyelectrolyte Complex Scaffoldings for Wet Adhesives and 3D Bioprinting Inks”
Prof. Bjöern M. Reinhard, Department of Chemistry, Boston University
TOPIC:”Mimicking Glycoprotein-Independent Virus Uptake and Trafficking with Glycolipid-Coated Polymer Nanoparticles”
Prof. Michael D. Schulz, Department of Chemistry, Virginia Tech
TOPIC: “Exploring the Connections Between Chelating Polymer Structure and Rare-Earth Element-Binding Thermodynamics”
Prof. Quentin Michaudel, Department of Chemistry and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University
TOPIC: “Modern Organic Reactions for Precise Macromolecular Synthesis”


Prof. Jeffrey S. Moore, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
TOPIC: “Polymeric Materials for Lifecycle Control”

Prof. Yeongseon Jang, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Florida
TOPIC: “Engineering Supramolecular Biomaterials Made of Recombinant Fusion Proteins for Synthetic Cell Applications”

Prof. Lauren Marbella, Department of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University
TOPIC: “Simultaneously characterizing interphase architecture and interfacial Li transport in Li metal batteries”

Prof. Thomas H. Epps, III, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware
TOPIC: “Advancing Sustainability: Small Molecules and Polymers from Biomass and Plastics Waste”

Prof. Matthew V. Tirrell, Dean, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago
TOPIC: “Hetero-charged polymer systems with applications from marine biology to biomedicine”

Prof. Therese M. Reineke, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota
TOPIC: “Tunable Multifunctional Macromolecules via Parallel Experiment and Computation: from Drug and DNA Delivery Vehicles to Sustainable Polymers”

Prof. John T. Ngo, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
TOPIC: “Engineering how cells sense and interpret mechanical cues”

Prof. Jia Niu, Department of Chemistry, Boston College
TOPIC: “Sustainability-Oriented Approaches to Precision Main-Chain Macromolecules”


FALL 2021

Prof. Ariel L. Furst, MIT Department of Chemical Engineering
TOPIC: “Functional Biosensors for Human and Environmental Health”


Prof. Allie Obermeyer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University
TOPIC: “Engineering Protein Electrostatic Interactions for Intercellular Phase Separation”


Prof. Sanat K. Kumar, Department of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University<br>TOPIC: “Novel Polymer Membranes for Critical Gas Separations”

Prof. Nitash P. Balsara, College of Chemistry, University of California/Berkeley<br>TOPIC: “Polymer-Based Lithium Batteries and the Pesko Condition”



NOTE: Due to the COVID19 pandemic, these seminars were conducted virtually via Zoom, those that were recorded can be viewed at the VIDEO links below.

Prof. Neil B. McKeown, Chair, Chemistry and Director of Research, School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh
TOPIC: “Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIMSs): Generating, losing, and using free volumes for membrane applications”

Prof. Juan de Pablo, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago
TOPIC: “Liquid Crystals: From Simple Self-Assembled Constructs, to Autonomous Materials”

Prof. Eugenia Kumacheva, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto
TOPIC: “Bridging the gap between molecules and nanoparticles”

Prof. Shyni Varghese, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University
TOPIC: “Biomaterials for mechanistic understandings and therapeutic interventions”

Prof. Dwight Seferos, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto
TOPIC: “Well-Defined Conjugated Polymers”

Prof. Evan A. Scott, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
TOPIC: “Engineering the Bio/Nano Interface of Soft Nanobiomaterials for Immunotherapy”

FALL 2020

NOTE: Due to the COVID19 pandemic, these seminars were conducted virtually via Zoom, those that were recorded can be viewed at the VIDEO links below.

Prof. Colleen Scott, Department of Chemistry, Mississippi State University
TOPIC: “Organic/Polymeric Materials–Design Strategy for New Optoelectronic Materials and Post-Functionalization of Waste Materials”

Prof. Sarah Heilshorn, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University
TOPIC: “Adaptable Hydrogels for Organoid Culture”

Prof. Karen I. Winey, Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
TOPIC: “Nanoparticle, Segmental and Chain Dynamics in Polymer Nanocomposites”

Prof. Herbert Waite, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of California/Santa Barbara
TOPIC: “Phase-dependent Redox Properties in Marine Adhesive Proteins”

Prof. Vivek Sharma, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois/Chicago
TOPIC: “Surface Forces and Stratification in Micellar Foam Films”


Prof. Sarah Perry, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts/Amherst
TOPIC: “Molecular Engineering of Polyelectrolyte Complex Materials”

Prof. Ayse Asatekin, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Tufts University
TOPIC: “Membranes with Controlled Selectivity and Fouling Resistance Through Polymer Self-Assembly”

Prof. Rebecca Taylor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
TOPIC: “Programmable Self-Assembly with DNA and PNA for Nanobiosensing, Robotics and Manufacturing”

NOTE: The Spring 2020 Seminar Series was suspended after the March 4th seminar
due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


FALL 2019

Prof. Ronald G. Larson, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan
TOPIC: “Multi-Scale Modeling of the Structure and Rheology of Surfactant Solutions and Polymer-Colloidal Networks”

Prof. Alex Travesset, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University
TOPIC: “Programmable Assembly of Nanocrystal Superlattices”

Prof. Laura L. Kiessling, MIT Department of Chemistry
TOPIC: “Polymer Probes of Immunity”

Prof. Keith A. Brown, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boston University
TOPIC: “Unraveling Hierarchical Materials Using Autonomous Research Systems”

Prof. Coray Colina, Department of Chemistry, University of Florida
TOPIC: “In silico synthesis and characterization of soft materials”

Prof. Yeon Sik Jung, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
TOPIC: “Engineering Solvent-Polymer Interactions for Ultrahigh-Resolution Printing of 3D Nanostructures”



Prof. Dr. Sébastien Lecommandoux, Bordeaux-INP, ENSCBP
TOPIC: “Biomimetic Polymersomes Self-Assemblies as Active Functional Biomaterials”

Prof. Raymond Tu, Department of Chemical Engineering, City College of New York, CUNY
TOPIC: “Quantifying the Competitive Adsorption Between Biomacromolecules and Surfactants at the Air/Water Interface”

Prof. Brett P. Fors, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University
TOPIC: “Development and Applications of New Synthetic Strategies for Polymer Science”

Dr. Jean-François Lutz, CNRS Research Director, Deputy Director of the Institut Charles Sadron
TOPIC: “Digital Polymers: Emergence of a New Class of Synthetic Macromolecules”

Prof. Qian Chen, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
TOPIC: “Direct Nanoscopic Imaging: From crystallization of nanoparticles to fluctuation of membrane proteins”

Prof. Glenn H. Fredrickson, Materials Research Laboratory, University of California/Santa Barbara
TOPIC: “Field-Theoretic Simulations: An emerging tool for soft material design”

Prof. Allon I. Hochbaum, Department of Chemistry, University of California/Irvine
TOPIC: “Electronic Conductivity in Supramolecular Biomaterials”

Prof. Emily B. Pentzer, Department of Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University
TOPIC: “Assembly of 2D Particles at Fluid-Fluid Interfaces to Architect Advanced Composite Materials”

Prof. Francesco Stellacci, Supramolecular Nanomaterials and Interfaces Laboratory, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
TOPIC: “Supramolecular Antivirals”

FALL 2018

Prof. Garret M. Miyake, Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University
TOPIC: “Organocatalyzed Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization”

Prof. Cecilia Leal, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign
TOPIC: “Complexity in the Chemistry and Physics of Lipid Membranes as a Handle to Activate the Delivery of Cargo to Cells”

Prof. Matthew B. Francis, Department of Chemistry, University of California/Berkeley
TOPIC: “Making New Materials from Synthetically Modified Proteins”

Prof. Charles E. Sing, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign
TOPIC: “Designing Polymer Materials Using the Precise Placement of Molecular Charge”

Prof. Ting Xu, Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemistry, University of California/Berkeley
TOPIC: “Understand Entropy: A Valuable Path Toward Functional Materials”


Prof. Meredith Silberstein, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
TOPIC: “Mechanics and Chemistry in Designing Polymers”

Dr. Corissa Lee, Sr. Associate and Dr. John McGann, Sr. Scientist, Exponent Polymer Science and Materials Chemistry
TOPIC: “Failure Analysis: Outside the Lab”

Prof. Darren J. Lipomi, Department of Nano Engineering, Univ. of California/San Diego
TOPIC: “Mechanical Properties of Semi-Conducting Polymers for Energy and Virtual Touch”

Prof. Samir Mitragotri, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
TOPIC: “Understanding and Overcoming Biological Barriers to Drug Delivery”

Prof. Monica Olvera de la Cruz, Departments of Materials Science and Engineering, and Chemistry, Northwestern University
TOPIC: “Control of Functionalized NanoParticle Assembly”

Prof. Michael Dickey, Department of Chemical and Biololecular Engineering, North Carolina State University
TOPIC: “Mechanics and Chemistry in Designing Polymers”

Prof. Rein V. Ulijn, Director, NanoScience Initiative, Advanced Science Research Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
TOPIC: “Guiding Principles for Peptide-Based, Life-Like Nanotechnology”


FALL 2017

Prof. Zhibin Guan, Department of Chemistry, University of California/Irvine
TOPIC: “Be Strong, Tough, Adaptive and Self-Healing: Life Lessons Applied to Soft Material Designs”

Dr. Byeongdu Lee, Argonne National Laboratory
TOPIC: “Small Angle X-ray Scattering Studies of Colloidal Nanoparticles”

Prof. Nathan Gianneschi, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University
TOPIC: “Seek, Destroy and Heal: Enzyme-Responsive Nanoparticles as In Vivo Targeted Delivery Systems”

Abigail Halim [Holten-Andersen Group], Department of Materials Science and Engineering
German Parada [Zhao and Olsen Groups], Department of Chemical Engineering
Mukarram Tahir [Alexander-Katz Group], Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Prof. Mir Wais Hosseini, University of Strasbourg, Institute for Advanced Study
TOPIC: “Molecular Tectonics: From Networks of Molecules to Networks of Crystals”

Prof. Yan Xia, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University
TOPIC: “Building and Breaking Macromolecular Ladders to Develop Functional Materials”



Prof. Tae Lim Choi, Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University
TOPIC: “Applying New Synthetic Methods to Versatile Polymerization”

Prof. Bing Xu, Department of Chemistry, Brandeis University
TOPIC: “Molecular design of soft matter as anticancer therapeutics or active materials”

Prof. Ke Zhang, College of Science, Northeastern University
TOPIC: “Teaching Oligonucleotides New Tricks — A Macromolecular Approach”

Prof. Luyi Sun, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Connecticut
TOPIC: “Bio-inspired Multifunctional Stimuli-Responsive Materials”

Dr. Salmaan Baxamusa, Staff Scientist, Materials Science Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
TOPIC: “Polymers for Big Science: Free-standing films and low-stress CVD materials at the National Ignition Facility”

Dr. Brett A. Helms, The Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
TOPIC: “Applying the Tools of Materials Genomics to Address Charge-Transport Bottlenecks in Electrochemical Devices”

Dr. Kenneth R. Shull, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University
TOPIC: “Deposition, mechanics and phase behavior of polyelectrolyte complex films”


FALL 2016

Prof. Jinming Gao, Southwestern Medical Center, University of Texas
TOPIC: “pH Nanotransistors to Digitize Biological Signals”

2nd Annual PPSM Aldrich Lecture
Prof. Karen L. Wooley, Departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering
TOPIC: “Expanding the Scopes of Synthetic Organic and Polymer Chemistries: Utilization of the inherent stereochemical and functional diversities of natural products to produce unique materials”

Prof. Niels Holten-Andersen, MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE)
TOPIC: “Bio-Inspired Metal-Coordination Dynamics: An Easier Way to Engineer Supramolecular Mechanics?”

Prof. David K. Smith, Department of Chemistry, University of York
TOPIC: “Hard Facts About Soft Matter: Self-Assembled Multi-Component Gels for High-Tech Applications”

Prof. Mark W. Grinstaff, Departments of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
TOPIC: “Clinically Informed Biomaterials: Chemistry and Engineering”

Prof. Padma Gopalan, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Wisconsin
TOPIC: “Engineering Interfacial Properties with Polymer Brushes and Nano-patterns”

Prof. Aaron Esser-Kahn, Department of Chemistry, University of California/Irvine
TOPIC: “Polymeric Tools to Manipulate Innate Immunity: Probing a Code Without a Key”

Prof. Nicolas J. Alvarez, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Drexel University
TOPIC: “The Effect of Chemistry on Rheology in Supramolecular Polymers”

Prof. Ryan C. Hayward, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts/Amherst
TOPIC: “Tuning domain connectivity in multi-component polymer-based materials”



Prof. Felix R. Fischer, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley
TOPIC: “Teaching Polymers the Meaning of Life and Nanographene Quantum Confinement”

Prof. Frank S. Bates, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
TOPIC: “Frank-Kasper and Quasicrystal Phases in Short Block Polymers”

Prof. Anish Tuteja, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
TOPIC: “Designing Surfaces with Extreme Wettabilities”

Prof. Joseph Tracy, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University
TOPIC: “Functional Nanoparticles for Responsive Polymer Composites”

Prof. C. Grant Willson, Departments of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, University of Texas/Austin
TOPIC: “Polymers for High Resolution Imaging Applications”

Dr. Ronald Zuckermann, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
TOPIC: “New nanomaterials at the interface of structural biology and polymer science”

Prof. Ullrich Steiner, Soft Matter Physics Group, Adolphe Merkle Institute, Fribourg, Switzerland
TOPIC:“10-nm Structure Formation in Emerging Photovoltaics by Polymer Self-Assembly and Crystallisation”

Prof. LaShanda T. Korley, Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western University
TOPIC: “Utilizing concepts of mechanics, transport, and assembly in Nature – towards responsive materials”

Prof. Makoto Ouchi, Department of Polymer Chemistry, Kyoto University
TOPIC: “Control of Side-Chain Sequence and Main-Chain Topology for Vinyl Polymers”


FALL 2015
Prof. Adam Willard, MIT Department of Chemistry
TOPIC: “Electronic structure and dynamics in disordered organic conjugated systems”

1st Annual PPSM Aldrich Lecture
Prof. Virgil Percec, Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania/Philadelphia
TOPIC: “Mimicking Complex Biological Membranes and their Programmable Glycan Ligands”

Prof. Anna C. Balazs, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
TOPIC: “Designing ‘Materials that Compute’: Coupling self-oscillating gels and piezoelectric films”

Prof. Stuart J. Rowan, Department of Molecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
TOPIC: “Using Dynamic Chemistry to Access Stimuli-Responsive Materials”

Prof. Matthew L. Becker, Department of Polymer Science, University of Akron
TOPIC:“Using Poly(ester urea)s for Functional Regeneration of Bone and Vascular Tissues” 

Prof. Bryan Boudouris, School of Engineering, Purdue University
TOPIC: “Designing Macromolecules for Advanced Energy Conversion and Separations Applications”

Prof. Rafal Klajn, Department of Organic Chemistry, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel
TOPIC: “From dynamically self-assembling materials to chemical reactivity in confined environments”

Prof. Randy H. Ewoldt, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois
TOPIC: “Droplet impacts: when yield-stress fluids do and do not stick”

Prof. Scott T. Milner, Department of Chemical Engineering, Penn State University
TOPIC: “Tubes, Topology, and Entangled Rings”

Prof. Sung Gap Im, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
TOPIC: “Vapor-phase deposited polymeric thin films for the application to gate dielectric layer in organic electronics”


Prof. Moon Jeong Park, Department of Chemical Engineering, POSTECH (Korea)
TOPIC: Morphology and Ion Transport in Block Copolymer Electrolytes
Prof. Christine Luscombe, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington
TOPIC: “Precise Engineering of Semi-conducting Polymers
for Organic Electronics”
Dr. Julia A. Kalow (Swager Group)
TOPIC: “ROMPing In and Out: Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Conjugated H-Shaped Polymers”

PhD Candidate Michelle K. Sing (McKinley/Olsen Groups)
TOPIC: “Importance of chain tumbling and finite extension on the startup and relaxation behavior of transient networks”

PhD Candidate Justin Kleingartner (Cohen/McKinley Groups)
TOPIC: “Designing robust hierarchically-textured superoleophobic fabrics”PhD Candidate Shengchang Tang (Olsen Group)
TOPIC: “Anomalous diffusion and sticky Rouse dynamics in associating networks”
Prof. Nicole Zacharia, Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Akron
TOPIC: “Modulating Interactions in Polyelectrolyte Multilayers”
Prof. Kris Matyjaszewski, Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University
TOPIC: “Nanostructured Functional Materials by Taming Radicals”
Prof. Malika Jeffries El, Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University
TOPIC: “Tuning the properties of conjugated polymers via atomic engineering”
Prof. Jeffrey S. Moore, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois
TOPIC:“Polymer Mechanochemistry and Self-healing Materials”
FALL 2014
Prof. Gareth H. McKinley, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
TOPIC: Power-Law Gels, Scott-Blair and the Fractional Calculus of Soft Networks and Multiscale Soft Materials
Prof. James Swan, MIT Department of Chemical Engineering
TOPIC: Strong or Weak, Quick or Slow: Interpreting nonlinear viscoelasticity from large amplitude oscillatory flow”
U. Mass./Amherst Department of Polymer Science and Engineering PhD Students:
Nakul Bende (Hayward Group)
TOPIC: “Catastrophic Success”: Snap through folding of curved shells”
Jonathan Pham (Crosby Group)
TOPIC: “Formation and Mechanics of Hierarchical Nanoparticle-based Structures”
Prof. Stephen L. Craig, Department of Chemistry, Duke University
TOPIC: Mechanochemical Remodeling of Polymers
Prof. William R. Dichtel, Cornell University
TOPIC: Polymerization Across Multiple Dimensions
Prof. A.J. (Andrew) Boydston, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington
TOPIC:Polymer Mechanochemistry for the Triggered Release of Small Molecules
Prof. Mitchell Anthamatten, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester
TOPIC: H-bonding Polymers: From glasses to shape-memory elastomers
Prof. Nico Bruns, Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
TOPIC: Harnessing Proteins for Polymer Synthesis, Nano-Reactors, and Force-Responsive Materials
Dr. Millicent A. Firestone, 87The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Los Alamos National Labs
TOPIC: Hierarchically-structured electronically conducting polyelectrolytes for bioelectronics
Prof. João Miguel Nobrega, Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Minho (Portugal)
TOPIC: Design of Extruded Profile Forming Tools
Prof. Michael Rubinstein, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill
TOPIC: Airway Surface Brush Sweeps Lungs Clean: Polymer Physics Helps Us Breathe Easier
Prof. Ronald G. Larson, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan
TOPIC: Accurate Modeling of Polymer Dynamics in Simple and Complex Flows”
Prof. Ravi Prakash Jagadeeshan, Monash University
TOPIC: Micro and Macro in the Dynamics of Dilute Polymer Solutions
Prof. Ana Vera Machado, Institute for Polymers and Composites, University of Minho (Portugal)
TOPIC: Reactive Extrusion: an Overview
Prof. RJ (Renko) de Vries, Wageningen UR (The Netherlands)
TOPIC: Supramolecular Design of a Minimal Coat-Protein for an Artificial Virus”
Prof. Darrin Pochan, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Delaware
TOPIC: Nanostructure and Material Construction through Peptide or Block Copolymer Solution Assembly
Prof. Marc A. Hillmyer, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota/Twin Cities
TOPIC: Functional block polymers as masks, membranes and monoliths
FALL 2013
Prof. Nitash P. Balsara, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering,
University of California, Berkeley

TOPIC: “Nanostructured Block Copolymers for All-Solid Lithium Batteries”
Prof. Malancha Gupta, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science,University of Southern California
TOPIC: “Directed Deposition of Functional Polymers onto Structured Materials and Liquid Surfaces”
Dr. Gregoire Cardoen, Dow Chemical R & D Formulation Science
TOPIC: “From Suspension to Emulsion Polymers: Challenges in Industrial Research”
Prof. Zvonimir Dogic, Department of Physics, Brandeis University
TOPIC: Spontaneous motion and flows in active liquid crystals”
Prof. Gert Strobl, University of Freiburg
TOPIC: “Laws controlling crystallization and melting in bulk polymers”
Prof. Alfred J. Crosby, Dept. of Polymer Science and Engineering, U.Mass. AmherstTOPIC: “Draping Materials: Polymer-Nanoparticle Ribbons, Helices, and Fabrics”
Prof. Chinedum Osuji, Dept. of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University
TOPIC: “Scalable Directed Self-Assembly and Anisotropic Transport Properties of Block Copolymer and Surfactant Mesophases”
Prof. Murugappan Muthukumar, Dept. of Polymer Science and Engineering, U. Mass./Amherst
TOPIC: “Theory of macromolecular transport
through protein channels and nanopores”
Prof. Ahmed E. Ismail, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
TOPIC: “Using Molecular Simulation to Understand Cellulose Dissolution Mechanisms”
Prof. Joanna Aizenberg, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
TOPIC: “Hydrogel-actuated integrated responsive systems (HAIRS): Moving towards adaptive, homeostatic materials”
POLYMER DAY SYMPOSIUMMIT PPST Graduate Student Charlotte Stewart-Sloan (Olsen Group) TOPIC: “Using Self-assembly on Multiple Length Scales to Design Bio-inspired Light Harvesting Materials”MIT PPST Graduate Student Siddarth Srinivasan (Cohen and McKinley Groups)
TOPIC: “Hierarchically Structured Polymeric Surfaces – Applications in Reducing Fluid Friction and Enhancing Liquid-Repellency in Fabrics”MIT Post-Doc Huaxing Zhou (Johnson Group)TOPIC: “Photo-controlled Growth of Telechelic Polymers and End-linked Polymer Gels”
Prof. Timothy Deming, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA
TOPIC: “Synthetic multi-functional polypeptide materials for biomedical applications”
Prof. Samuel W. Thomas, Dept. of Chemistry, Tufts University
TOPIC: “Controlling Polymer Thin Films with Light”
Prof. Enrique D. Gomez, Dept. Of Chemical Engineering, Penn State University
TOPIC: “The role of miscibility and mesostructure in organic photovoltaics”
Prof. Jane E. G. Lipson, Dept. of Chemistry, Dartmouth College
TOPIC: “Mixing it up in the polymer world: Understanding and controlling miscibility in polymer solutions and blends”
Prof. Scott Phillips, Dept. of Chemistry, Penn State University
TOPIC: “Polymeric Materials with Amplified Responses to Specific External Signals”
FALL 2012
Prof. Jeremiah A. Johnson, MIT Dept. of Chemistry
TOPIC: “New Methods for Synthesis and Characterization of Polymer Networks and Nanoparticles”
Prof. Thomas J. McCarthy, Dept. of Polymer Science and Engineering, U. Mass./Amherst
TOPIC: “PDMS Pushed to Extremes”
Prof. Angelo Cacciuto, Dept. of Chemistry, Columbia University
TOPIC: “Nanoparticle-driven tube formation on fluid membranes and microphase separation on curved templates”
Prof. Shi-Qing Wang, College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, University of Akron
TOPIC: “Exploring the phenomenological and conceptual foundation of nonlinear polymer rheology: From simple shear and uniaxial extension to other types of deformation”
Prof. Vinothan N. Manoharan, Dept. of Physics, Harvard University
TOPIC: “Polymer particles and liquid interfaces”
Dr. Yeng-Long Chen, Institute of Physics, Academica Sinica (Taiwan) (Doyle Group Guest)
TOPIC: “Squeezing DNA: Properties of a semi-flexible polymer in strong confinement”
Prof. Yao Lin, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Connecticut
TOPIC: “Cooperative behaviors in macromolecules and macromolecular assemblies”
Prof. Justin Hanes, Director, Center for Nanomedicine, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University
TOPIC: “Mucus Penetrating Nanoparticles”

Dr. Ramanathan Nagarajan, US Army Natick Soldier Center
TOPIC: “Thermodynamic Stabilization of Nanoparticle Dispersions by Co-Assembly with Block Copolymers”

Prof. Niels Holten-Andersen, Department of Chemistry, Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, and the James Franck Institute, University of Chicago
TOPIC: “Metal-coordination: Using one of Nature’s tricks to assemble new soft materials”


Dr. Joseph Walish (MIT DMSE Thomas Lab),
TOPIC: “Photonic Gels: Tunable Color from Colorless Materials”

Dr. Simon Haward (MIT MechE McKinley Lab),
TOPIC: “Stagnation Point Extensional Flow of Polymer Solutions”

Adam S. Zeiger (MIT DMSE Van Vliet Lab),
TOPIC: “Excluded Volume Effects and the Extracellular Matrix”

Prof. Christopher Macosko, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
TOPIC: “Co-continuous Polymer Blends to Create Microporous Membranes”
Prof. Matthew Tirrell, Tirrell, Pritzker Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering
TOPIC: “Multivalent Ionic Interactions in Multicomponent Polyelectrolyte Mixtures: From New Physics to New Materials”
Prof. Jodie L. Lutkenhaus, Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University
TOPIC: “Layer-by-Layer Assemblies: From Fundamental Thermal Analysis to Electrochemical Energy Storage Applications”
Prof. Russell E. Gorga, Textile Engineering Program Director, North Carolina State University
TOPIC: “Unconfined fluid electrospun into high quality nanofibers from a static reservoir”
Prof. LaShanda Korley, Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
TOPIC: “Towards mechanically-tunable materials inspired by nature”
FALL 2011
Prof. David Kaplan, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University
TOPIC: “New Functional Materials via Bioengineering”
Prof. Junsang Doh, I-Bio/Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTech)
TOPIC: “Polymer-Based Micro/Nano Systems to Interrogate T cell Dynamics”
Prof. Katharina Ribbeck, MIT Biological Engineering
TOPIC: “From Nuclear Pores to Mucus: A study of biological hydrogel-based filters”
Prof. David J. Mooney, School of Engineering and Applied Science and Wyss Institute, Harvard University
TOPIC: “Infection-Mimicking Polymers”
Prof. Richard Superfine, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill
TOPIC: “The River Within: How the Lung Stays Clean”
Prof. Gregory N. Tew, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, U. Mass./Amherst
TOPIC: “Designing Synthetic Macromolecules with Strong Similarities to Biology”
Prof. Anne J. McNeil, Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan
TOPIC: “Synthesizing TT-conjugated copolymers with sequence control using Ni catalysis”
Prof. Heather D. Maynard, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA
TOPIC: “Stabilizing Proteins with Polymer Conjugates”
Prof. Thomas H. Epps, University of DelawareTOPIC: “Using Interfacial Manipulations to Generate Functional Materials from Nanostructured Polymers”

Prof. Mahesh Mahanthappa, University of Wisconsin
TOPIC: “Molecular Heterogeneity in Self-Assembly: Is Monodispersity Necessary?”

Prof. Kenneth R. Shull, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University
TOPIC: “Strain hardening, fracture and toughening mechanisms in self-assembling gels”

Dr. Charlene W. Mello, Natick Soldier Center, US Army Research Lab
TOPIC: “Immobilization, characterization, and applications of antimicrobial peptides: Towards improved antibacterial coatings and novel pathogen biosensors”

Prof. Arijit Bose, Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Rhode Island
TOPIC: “Nanostructure Evolution in Colloidal Systems”

PPST Graduate Student Wu Siew Tan, Rubner and Cohen Groups
TOPIC: “Exploring Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Block Copolymers for Temperature Responsive Coatings” and 2011 PPST Alum Dr. Zhiyong Poon
TOPIC: “Understanding the Behavior of nanoparticles in vivo”

Prof. John D. Tovar, Department of Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University
TOPIC: “Topological and supramolecular considerations for organic (bio)electronics”

FALL 2010
Prof. Kevin D. Dorfman, University of Minnesota
TOPIC: “DNA Electrophoresis in Microfabricated Devices”

Prof. Wolfgang Knoll, Austrian Institute of Technology
TOPIC: “Nanostructured Polymeric Materials by Templating Strategies”

Prof. Rama Bansil, Boston University
TOPIC: “Gelation of Mucin and Mucus: Protecting the stomach”

Prof. Bradley D. Olsen, MIT Chemical Engineering
TOPIC: “Injectable Hydrogels from Associating Telechelic Proteins and Protein-Polymer Conjugates”

Prof. Igal Szleifer, Northwestern University
TOPIC: “Targeted delivery of lipid agents and nanoparticles to cancer cells: How to combine chemical reaction equilibrium and physical interactions for biological activity”

Prof. Kenneth Wagener, University of Florida
TOPIC: “Using Metathesis to Control Polymer Morphology”

Prof. Todd Emrick, U. Mass/Amherst
TOPIC: “Novel nanostructures in composite materials, interfacial science and medicine”

Prof. Malika Jeffries-El, Iowa State University
TOPIC: “Teaching Old Polymers New Tricks: Novel conjugated materials based on Benzobisazoles”


Prof. Samuel P. Gido, U. Mass/Amherst
TOPIC: Defects, Grain Growth, and Long Range Order in Block Copolymer Nanostructures

Prof. Ryan C. Hayward U. Mass/Amherst
TOPIC: “Swelling of constrained hydrogels: New approaches to active surfaces and micro-objects

Prof. Constantine D. Papaspyrides National Technical University of Athens, Greece
TOPIC: “Solid State Polymerization in the Polyamide Industry”

Prof. Kris N. Dahl Carnegie Mellon University
TOPIC: “In vivo rheology of the cell nucleus

Prof. Eva Harth Vanderbilt University
TOPIC: “Nanomedicine: Functional soft Nanosponges and Molecular Transporter Molecules for the increased Efficacy of Therapeutics and Imaging Devices

Prof. Kenneth K. S. Lau Drexel University
“Engineering Unique Pathways for the Design, Synthesis and Integration of Polymers in Complex Systems

Prof. Zhigang Suo Harvard University
TOPIC: “Soft Active Materials”

Prof. Axel H. E. Mueller University of Bayreuth, Germany/Editor, Polymer
TOPIC: “Block Terpolymer Sunrise: The Wondrous World of Block Co- and Terpolymer Micelles”

FALL 2009

Prof. Ting Xu University of California/Berkeley
TOPIC: “Directed Hierarchical Assembly in Thin Film: One Piece At A Time”

Prof. Sergiy Minko Clarkson University
TOPIC: “Stimuli-Responsive Nanostructured Materials

Prof. Yonathan S. ThioGeorgia Tech
TOPIC: “Blends and composites based on block copolymers: geometry, size, and orientation”

Prof. Andrew Parker University of Oxford (UK)
TOPIC: Optical Biomimetics – structural colour in nature and our early attempts to copy it”

Prof. Chun Wang University of Minnesota/Twin Cities
TOPIC: “Polymers for DNA Vaccine Delivery: Novel Materials and Biological Mechanisms”

Prof. James H. Henderson Syracuse Materials Institute
TOPIC: “Active Cell Culture”

Prof. Shashi K. Murthy Northeastern University
TOPIC: Microfluidic Cell Separation in Tissue Engineering: Technological Solutions & Basic Science Questions”


Prof. Srinivasa R. Raghavan, University of Maryland
TOPIC: “Adventures with Soft Matter: From Photorheological Fluids to Blood-Gelling Biopolymers”

Prof. Melik Demirel, Penn State University
TOPIC: “Breaking Out of the Mould: Nanostructured Polymer Thin Films”

Prof. Mitchell Anthamatten, University of Rochester,
TOPIC: “Physical Properties of Network Polymers Bearing Reversibly Associating Side Groups”

Prof. Klaus Müllen, Director, Max Planck Institute of Polymer Research,
TOPIC: “Macromolecules, Assemblies, Particles – A Discovery Journey in Materials Synthesis”

Dr. Christian Franck, Harvard University
TOPIC: “Three-Dimensional Quantitative Measurements of Cells in their Surrounding Environment”

Prof. Weihua Marshall Ming, University of New Hampshire
TOPIC: “Nature-Inspired Nanostructured Materials: From Super-Repellent Surfaces to Biomimetic Anistropic Particles”

Prof. Alfredo Alexander-Katz, MIT DMSE
TOPIC: “Dynamics of Polymeric Globules in Flow and the Problem of Blood Clotting”

FALL 2008

Prof. Svetlana Sukishvili, Stevens Institute of Technology
TOPIC: “Self-Assembly of Weak Polyelectrolytes at Surfaces and in Solutions”

Prof. Kenneth R. Carter, U. Mass/Amherst
TOPIC:“Functional Thin Film Polymer Surfaces”

Prof. Jonathan Wilker, Purdue University
TOPIC: “Biomaterials at the Beach: Characterization and Synthetic Polymer Mimics of Mussel and Barnacle Adhesives”

Prof. Kevin E. Healy, U.C. Berkeley
TOPIC: “Designing Materials That Influence Biology”

Prof. Uwe B. Sleytr, University for Natural Resources and Applied Life Scienes (BOKU) [Vienna, Austria]
TOPIC: “S-layer Proteins as Basic Building Blocks for Nanobiotechnological Applications”

Prof. Yu-li Wang, Carnegie Mellon University
TOPIC: “The Forces and Shapes of Adherent Cells”

Prof. Kristi L. Kiick, University of Delaware
TOPIC: “Manipulating Biological Events with Polysaccharide-Derivatized Materials”

Dr. Jeffrey M. Karp, Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Director, Lab for Advanced Biomaterials and Stem-Cell Based Therapeutics (Brigham and Womens Hospital)
TOPIC: “Borrowing Concepts from Nature: Design of Medical Devices and Stem Cell Based Therapeutics”

Prof. Zhibin Guan, U.C. Irvine
TOPIC: “Soft Matter Design at Interface with Catalysis and Biology”


Prof. Yue Zhao, University of Sherbrooke, Quebec
TOPIC: “Designing New Photoactive and Electroactive Materials”

Prof. Andrew Gouldstone, Northeastern University
TOPIC: “Indentation to Probe Physiology and Pathology of the Mammalian Lung”

Prof. Abraham Stroock, Cornell University
TOPIC: “Engineering Osmotic Stresses in Colloidal Dispersions and Synthetic Trees”

Prof. Thomas J. McCarthy, U. Mass/Amherst
TOPIC: “New Views of Wettability”

Prof. David M. Lynn, University of Wisconsin
TOPIC: “Ultrathin Multi-layered Assemblies for the Delivery of DNA from Surfaces”

Prof. Christine D. Keating, Penn State University
TOPIC: “Dynamic Microcompartmentation in synthetic cells via aqueous phase separation”

Prof. Jinsang Kim, University of Michigan
TOPIC: “Self-signaling and Signal Amplifying Conjugated Polymer Biosensors and Sensor Arrays”

Prof. Gregory B. McKenna, Texas Tech University
TOPIC: “Mechanical Measurements at the nanometer size scale: Why and what do we learn?”

Prof. Yohei Yokobayashi, U.C. Davis
TOPIC: “Engineering RNA to Control Gene Expression”

FALL 2007

Prof. Ilya Zharov, University of Utah
TOPIC: “Responsive Nanoporous Organic-Inorganic Colloidal Materials”

Prof. David L. Carroll, Wake Forest University
TOPIC: “Novel Approaches to High Efficiency in Organic Photovoltaics”

Prof. Robert A. Weiss, University of Connecticut
TOPIC: “The Role of Strong Inter and Intra-Molecular Interactions on the Phase Behavior of Polymer Blends”

Prof. Vladimir Tsukruk, Georgia Tech
TOPIC: “Assembling Polymeric Materials for Environmentally Responsive Structures”

Prof. David Weitz, Harvard University
TOPIC: “Rheology of Active Biopolymer Networks”

Prof. Timothy J. Deming, U.C. L. A.
TOPIC: “Self-Assembly of Block Copolypeptides, The Role of Chain Confirmation”

Prof. Catherine Klapperich, Boston University
TOPIC: “Defined Compliant Microenvironments for Live-Cell Labs on a Chip”

Prof. Paul Janmey, U. Penn/Philadelphia
TOPIC: “Non-linear rheology of semi-flexible polymer networks: strain stiffening, negative normal stress, and non-affine deformations”

Prof. Sarah Heilshorn, Stanford University
TOPIC: “Engineering Protein Polymers for Regenerative Medicine”

Dr. Richard A. Vaia, U. S. Air Force Research Lab
TOPIC: “Responsive Polymer NanoComposites”


Prof. Andre F. Palmer, Ohio State University
TOPIC: “Engineering Novel Oxygen Therapeutics”

Dr. Patrick T. Spicer, Procter & Gamble Co.
TOPIC: “Crystal Comets: Dewetting during Emulsion Droplet Crystallization”

Prof. John A. Rogers, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign
TOPIC: “Polymers for Nanofabrication: 3-D Structures and Molecular Scale Resolution”

Prof. Marc A. Hillmyer, University of Minnesota/Twin Cities
TOPIC: “Self-Assembly of Multicomponent Block Co-Polymers in Dilute Solution”

Prof. Anna C. Balazs, University of Pittsburgh
TOPIC: “Harnessing Patterning in Polymeric Materials: From Creating Defect-free Devices to Sorting Damaged Cells”

Prof. Michael Rubinstein, University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill
TOPIC: “Molecular Model of the Airway Surface Layer of a Lung”

Prof. Mark M. Holl, University of Michigan/Ann Arbor
TOPIC: “Quantitative Studies of Multivalent Polymers Designed for Targetted Delivery”

Prof. Paul Buckley, University of Oxford (UK)
TOPIC: “Plastic Deformation in Glassy Polymers: The Quest to Understand and Model its ‘Molecular Awareness’ ”

Prof. Timothy P. Lodge, University of Minnesota/Twin Cities
TOPIC: “Dynamics of Miscible Polymer Blends”

Prof. Alyssa Panitch, Purdue University
TOPIC: “Polysaccharides, Controlled Release and Repair of the Central Nervous System”

FALL 2006

Prof. Phillip B. Messersmith, Northwestern University
TOPIC: “Mussel Adhesive Proteins: Adhesive Mechanisms and Synthetic Polymer Mimics”

Prof Yong L. Joo, Cornell University
TOPIC: “Nanostructured Nanofibers: From Metal Oxide Inclusion to Confined Self-Assembly”

Prof. Alfred J. Crosby, U. Mass/Amherst

TOPIC: “Nature’s Instabilities: Inspiring Materials Design and Characterization”

Prof. Christopher K. Ober, Cornell University
TOPIC: “Lithography and Biology: Made for Each Other”
PPST 20th Anniversary Poster Competition 1st Prize Winners:Minglin Ma (Jr. Div. Winner)
TOPIC: “Nanostructured Electrospun Fibers: From Superhydrophobicity to Block Copolymer Self-Assembly” AND Daeyeon Lee (Sr. Div. Winner)
TOPIC: “Stimuli-Responsive Polymer Thin Films from Polyelectrolyte Multilayers: From Hysteretic gating of membranes to magnetic nanotubes”
Prof. Jeffrey Pyun, University of Arizona
TOPIC: “Polymer Encapsulated Magnetic Nanoparticles: Novel Building Blocks for Mesoscale Assembly”
Prof. Ka Yee Lee, University of Chicago
TOPIC: “Effects of Biopolymers on the Collapse in Lung Surfactant Monolayer”
Prof. Shelley Anna, Carnegie Mellon University
TOPIC: “Picoliter Droplet Reactors via Microscale Tipstreaming”
Prof. Gregory A. Sotzing, University of Connecticut
TOPIC: “Processing OpticallyTransparent and Electrochromic Conductive Polymers”
Prof. Krystyn J. Van Vliet, MIT DMSE
TOPIC: “Chemomechanical Mapping of Biopolymers and Cells”
Prof. Molly S. Shoichet, University of Toronto
TOPIC: “Designer Polymers for Tissue Engineering and Axonal Guidance”
Prof. Gary W. Slater, University of Ottawa
TOPIC: “The Physics fo End-Labeled Free Solution Electrophoresis: Towards DNA Sequencing Without a Gel Matrix”
Prof. John M. Torkelson, Northwestern University
TOPIC: “Nanoscale Confinement Leads to Dramatic Property Changes in Polymer Films and Nanocomposites: Fluorescence Studies of Glass Transition Temperature and Physical Aging”
Prof. Stephen H. Foulger, Clemson University
TOPIC:“Crystalline Colloidal Arrays: Multifunctional Materials”
Prof. Mohan Srinivasarao, Georgia Tech
TOPIC: “On the Formation of an Ordered Array of Holes in a Polymer Film: What can Dew Formation Teach Us?”
Prof. Dan Luo, Cornell University
TOPIC: “Nucleic Acid Engineering: Using DNA as a Generic Instead of a Genetic Material”
Prof. Joseph M. DeSimone, University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill
TOPIC: “Fluoropolymers for Use in Next Generation Microfluidic Devices, Soft lithographic Techniques, Particle Fabrication and as Proton Exchange Membranes for Use in Fuel Cells”
FALL 2005
OMNOVA Award Presentation and Seminar: Juan A. Gonzalez (Sr. Achievement Award Winner) and Dr. Alireza Khademhosseini (Special Jury Prize Winner)
Dr. Dean M. DeLongchamp, Polymers Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
TOPIC: “Correlating Structure Development to Performance Enhancement in Semi-Conducting Organics”
Prof. Gregory N. Tew, U. Mass/Amherst
TOPIC: “Designing Synthetic Macromolecules with Strong Similarities to Biology”
Prof. Mark Dadmun, University of Tennessee
TOPIC: “Controlling Dispersion in Multi-component Polymer Systems: Rational Design of Materials with Targeted Properties”
Prof. Mark W. Grinstaff, Boston University
TOPIC: “Dendritic Polymers for Medical Applications”
Prof. Eric M. Furst, University of Delaware
TOPIC: “Micromechanics and Microrheology: Using Laser Tweezers to StudyComplex Fluid Rheology”
Prof. Ashutosh Chilkoti, Duke University
TOPIC: “Stimuli Responsive, Recombinant Elastin-like Polypeptides: From Single Molecule Actuators to Elastomeric Hydrogels”
Dr. Andrew Feiring, Senior Research Felllow DuPont Central Research and Development
TOPIC: “Development of Fluoropolymer Photoresists for Advanced Semiconductor Chip Manufacture”
Prof. Ravi Kane, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
TOPIC: “Design of Polymeric Therapeutics and Functional Nanomaterials”
Prof. Sergei S. Sheiko, University of North Carolina
TOPIC: “Molecular Fluidics”
Prof. Thomas Boland, Clemson University
TOPIC: “Drop-on Demand Printing of Cells and Materials for Designer Hybrid Cardiovascular Constructs”
Prof. Robert B. Grubbs, Dartmouth College
TOPIC: “ ‘Living’ Radical Polymerization as a Tool for the Preparation of Functional Polymers and Copolymers”
Prof. Kenneth Gall, University of Colorado/Boulder
TOPIC: “Shape Memory Polymers”
Dr. Jai A. Pathak, NIST Materials Science and Engineering Center
TOPIC: “Rheometry on Complex Fluids in Microfluidic Flows”
Prof. Jeffrey T. Koberstein, Columbia University
TOPIC: “Molecular Design of Functional Polymer Surfaces”
FALL 2004
Dr. Martin L. Sentmanat, Senkhar Technologies, LLC
TOPIC: “SER Universal Testing Platform: Covering the Broad Spectrum of Physical Material Characterization Technology”
Prof. Tomasz Kowalewski, Carnegie Mellon University
TOPIC: “Macromolecular Self-Assembly as a Route to sp2 Carbon Materials with Well-Defined Nanostructure”
Prof. Mario LeClerc, Université Laval (Québec)
TOPIC: “Optical and Electrochemical Biosensors Based on DNA/Polythiophene Complexes”
OMNOVA 2004 Co-Winner: Dr. Prem V. Pavoor
TOPIC: “Tribological and Mechanical Characterization of Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Nanoassemblies”
Prof. Michael E. Mackay, Michigan State University
TOPIC: “Nanotechnology, Polymers and Particles: Do polymeric nanoparticles cause uniquebehavior?”
Prof. Svetlana A. Sukhishvili, Stevens Institute of Technology
TOPIC: “Self-Assembly of Weak Polyelectrolytes at Surfaces and in Solutions”
Dr. Michael J. Fasolka, NIST
TOPIC: “Polymer Research at the NIST Combinatorial Methods Center”
Prof. L. Andrew Lyon, Georgia Tech
TOPIC: “Microgels in Optics and Biology”
Dr. Orhun Muratoglu, Mass General Hospital
TOPIC: “Improving the Wear and Fatigue Strength of UHMWPE for Total Joint Prostheses”
Prof. David V. Boger, University of Melbourne (Australia)
TOPIC: “Ideal Elastic Liquids and Their Impact in the Development of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics”
Prof. Joey L. Mead, U. Mass/Lowell
TOPIC: “Phase Morphology of Electrospun Nanofibers from Polymer Blends”
Dr. Melissa Mahoney, U. Colorado/Boulder
TOPIC: “Synthetic Microenvironments for Neural Transplantation”
Prof. Eyal Zussman, Technion (Israel)
TOPIC: “Development of Nano-Structures by Electrospinning”
Prof. Nicholas A. Peppas, U. Texas/Austin
TOPIC: “Intelligent Polymer Networks in Protein Delivery and Molecular Recognition”
Prof. E. Bryan Coughlin, U. Mass./Amherst
TOPIC: “Hybrid Inorganic-Organic Copolymers Based Upon Cubic Silsesquioxanes”
Prof. David W.M. Marr, Colorado School of Mines
TOPIC: “Field-Based Colloidal Manipulation for Microfluidics and Photonics”
OMNOVA 2003 Award Winner: Michael C. Berg
TOPIC: “Biological Applications for Polyelectrolyte Multilayers”
Prof. Frank S. Bates, U. Minnesota
TOPIC: “Network Phases: A Lesson in Block Co-Polymer Self-Assembly?”
Prof. Nina C. Shapley, Columbia University
TOPIC: “Nonuniform Distributions of Particulates in Complex Flows: Characterization by NMR Imaging”
FALL 2003
Prof. George Malliaris, Cornell University
TOPIC: “Organic Semiconductors and Devices”
Prof. Jeffrey D. Carbeck, Princeton University
TOPIC: “Why are proteins charged molecules? The role of electrostatics in the stability, activity and processing of proteins.”
Prof. Karen K. Gleason, MIT ChemE
TOPIC: “Polymeric Nanocoatings by Hot Filament Chemical Vapor Deposition”
Prof. Eugenia Kumacheva, University of Toronto
TOPIC: “Polymer Nanostructured Materials: New Routes to Development”
Prof. Peter Green, University of Texas/Austin
TOPIC: “Wetting and Nano-scale Organization of a Structured Liquid Film”
Prof. Ramanan Krishnamoorti, University of Houston
TOPIC “Polymer Nanocomposites”
Prof. Anthony Guiseppi-Elie, Virginia Commonwealth University
TOPIC: “Electroconductive Hydrogels: “Bio-Smart” Polymers in Biosensors and Biochips”
TOPIC: “PH-Gated Porosity and Reversible Swelling”
Dr. Barry L. Farmer, USAFRL Wright-Patterson AFB
TOPIC: “Coarse Grain Molecular Dynamics Simulations of the Formation of Polymer Nanocomposites”
Prof. Hanadi Sleiman, McGill University
TOPIC: “Self-Assembly of DNA and Biomimetic Polymers”
Prof. Patrick T. Mather, University of Connecticut
TOPIC: “Hybrid polymers incorporating POSS: Unique microstructures for Unique properties”
Prof. Chistopher K. Ober, Cornell University
TOPIC: “New Routes to Two and Three Dimensional Patterned Structures Using Advanced Lithography”
Prof. Alan J. Lesser, U. Mass./Amherst
TOPIC: “Studies on the Yield and Fracture Behavior of Glassy Polymers in Constrained Stress States”
Dr. Steven Hudson, NIST
TOPIC: “Coalescence Efficiency in Flowing Emulsions”
Prof. Darrin J. Pochan, University of Delaware
TOPIC: “Environmentally Responsive Materials Constructed via Peptidic Molecule Folding and Self-Assembly”
Prof. Joyce Wong, Boston University
TOPIC: “The Importance Of Ligand Presentation: From Flexible Tethers To Compliant Gels”
FALL 2002
OMNOVA AWARD SEMINAR: Dr. Xueping Jiang, duPont
TOPIC: “Chemistry Directed Assembly of Multilayered Polymer Thin Filmsand Colloidal Particles”
Prof. Marcel Utz, University of Connecticut
TOPIC: “Complex Morphologies and Their Characterization by Two-Point Correlation Functions”
Prof. Richard R. Schrock, MIT Chemistry
TOPIC: “Catalysts for the Living Polymerization of Ordinary Olefins”
Dr. Mark R. van Landingham, NIST
TOPIC: “Characterizing Polymer Viscoelasticity UsingDepth-Sensing Indentation”
Prof. Christopher N. Bowman, University of Colorado
TOPIC: “Novel Photopolymerization Methods and Their Exploitation for Emerging Applications”
Prof. Rastislav Levicky, Columbia University
TOPIC: “Directed Organization of Nanoparticles by Ultrathin Polymer Films”
Prof. Marc A. Hillmyer, University of Minnesota
TOPIC: “Reactive Block Copolymers as Nanoporous Material Precursors”
Prof. Darrell J. Irvine, MIT DMSE
TOPIC: “Using Polymers for Bioengineering in the Immune System”
Prof. Helmut H. Strey, U. Mass./Amherst
TOPIC: “DNA Diffusion Observed in a Two-Dimensional Hexagonal Array”
Dr. Shu Yang, Lucent Technologies
TOPIC: “Microphotonics and block copolymer templated organosilicates”
Dr. Zhenan Bao, Lucent Technologies
TOPIC: “Conjugated Oligomers and Polymers for Plastic and Molecular Electronics”
Prof. Suzanne Giasson, Visiting Faculty Boston University
TOPIC: “Static and Dynamic Interactions between Polyelectrolyte-coated Surfaces in Aqueous Medium”
Prof. Annelise Barron, Northwestern University
TOPIC: “Biomimetic polymer engineering: Creating Non-Natural Protein Mimics for a Synthetic Lung Surfactant Replacement”
Prof. Hervé Marand, Virginia Tech
TOPIC: “A Model of Polymer Secondary Crystallization: A Possible Link with Physical Aging Above Tg”
Prof. Jan Genzer, North Carolina State Unversity
TOPIC: “Formation and properties of multi-functional surfaces prepared via ‘forced assembly’ of oligomers and polymers”
Prof. Michael Marsella, University of California/Irvine
TOPIC: “Designing Functional Polymers from Shape-Changing Monomers”
TOPIC: “A Resorbable Polymeric Microreservoir Device for Drug Delivery”OMNOVA PRESENTER: Dr. Richard Thomas
TOPIC: “The Synthesis, Characterization, and Unusual Surface Activity of a Series of Novel Architecture, Water Dispersible Poly(fluoroxetane)s”
Prof. Antony N. Beris, University of Delaware
TOPIC: “Probing the Polymer Structure-Dynamics Relation Through a Turbulent Flow Field: Direct Numerical Simulations of Polymer-Induced Drag Reduction”
Prof. Patrick S. Doyle, MIT ChemE
TOPIC: “Dynamics of Single Polymers and Biomolecules Under Forces and Fields”
Prof. Robert M. Briber, University of MarylandTOPIC: “Characterization of Nanoporous Ultralow Dielectrics”
FALL 2001
Prof. Peter Dvornic, Michigan Molecular Institute
Prof. Ruolf Faust, U. Mass./Lowell
Prof. Uli Weisner, Cornell University
Prof. Dilhan Kalyon, Stevens Institute of Technology
Prof. Wesley Burghardt, Northwestern University
Prof. Daniel Read, University of Leeds (UK)
TOPIC: “Molecular Rheology and Statistics of Long Chain Branched Metallocene-Catalysed Polyolefins”
Dr. R. Shashidhar, Naval Research Laboratory
TOPIC: “Siloxane-based Liquid Crystals – A Paradigm for Molecular Engineering of Materials”
Dr. Craig Hawker, IBM-Almaden
TOPIC: “Synthesis and Fabrication of Nanostructured Materials – Application to the Next Generation of Computers”
Prof. Ken Wagener, University of Florida
TOPIC: “Crystalline Polyolefins Bearing Amino Acids”
Prof. Nam Suh, MIT MechE
TOPIC: “Microcellular Plastics”
Dr. Bruce Smart, duPont
TOPIC: “The Design of Amphorous Fluoroplastics”
Prof. Ian Manners, University of TorontoTOPIC: “Supramolecular Organometallic Polymer Chemistry: Self-Assembly of Polyferrocenes”
Dr. Gary Wnek, Virginia Commonwealth University
TOPIC: “Thinking Small About Old Polymers at the Medicine/Engineering Interface”
FALL 2000
Prof. Kenneth J. Beers, MIT ChemE
TOPIC: “Topics from the Intersection of Polymer Chemistry and Physics”
Prof. Jinsang Kim, University of Michigan
Mitchell Anthamatten, PhD Candidate, MIT ChemE
TOPIC: “Order in Side-Chain Liquid Crystalline Diblock Copolymers”
Prof. Susan Muller, University of Caliornia/Berkeley
TOPIC: “Experimental Insights into Complex Flows of Polymeric Liquids”
Prof. Peter Kofinas, University of Maryland
TOPIC: “Self-Assembled Functional Nanostructures Within Block Copolymer Templates”
Prof. David Kaplan, Tufts University
TOPIC: “Fibrous Protein Assembly-Silk as a Model System”
Prof. Karen Wooley, Washington University
TOPIC: “Nanoscale Constructs: The Preparation, Characterization, and Manipulation of Shell Crosslinked Nanoparticles”
Dr. George Lemieux, University of California/Berkeley
TOPIC: “Exploring Oligosaccharide Biosynthetic Promiscuity to Modulate Cell Surface Recognition”
Dr. John Barnes, NIST
TOPIC: “Temperature Induced Contrast Variation in Small Angle Scattering”
Prof. Thomas Russell, U. Mass/Amherst
TOPIC: “Electric Field Alignment:From the Micro to Nano”
Dr. Richard Vaia, U.S.A.F. Research Laboratory
TOPIC: “Mesoscopic Structure of Polymer-Inorganic Nanocomposites: Impact on Chain Behavior and Physical Properties”
Prof. Steve Granick, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign
TOPIC: “Polymers at Aqueous Interfaces”
Prof. Chris Scott, MIT DMSE
TOPIC: “Lattice Boltzmann Simulation of Multiphase Flow in Polymer Processing”
Y. Michael Shin, PhD Candidate, MIT DMSE
TOPIC: “Electrostatic Spinning of Ultrafine Fibers – A Novel Microprocessing Technique”
FALL 1999
Anne Ruzette, PhD Candidate DMSE
TOPIC: “Controlling Bulk Thermodynamics of Block Copolymers”
Prof. Richard Register, Princeton University
TOPIC: “Block Copolymer Thin Films as Nanolithography Templates”
Prof. James Watkins, U. Mass./Amherst
TOPIC: “Preparation of Nanostructures Materials in Supercritical Fluids”
Mark Spilker, PhD Candidate MIT DMSE
TOPIC: “Collagen-Glycosaminoglycan Materials for Medical Applications”
Prof. Adi Eisenberg, McGill University
TOPIC: “Self-Assembly of Amphiphilic Diblocks in Solution: Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Mechanism in a Morphological Wonderland”
Prof. Nitash Balsara, Polytechnic University (Brooklyn, NY)
TOPIC: “Early Stages of Nucleation in Polymer Mixtures”
Prof. H. Potente, Institut für Kunststofftechnik/University of Paderborn
TOPIC: “Process Simulation of Tightly Intermeshing Co-Rotating Twin Screw Extruders”
Dr. Lewis J. Fetters, Exxon
TOPIC: “The Importance of Unperturbed Polymer Chain Dimensions”
Prof. Karen Gleason, MIT ChemE
TOPIC: “Fluorocarbon Polymer Films by Chemical Vapor Deposition”
Prof. Christine Ortiz, MIT DMSE
TOPIC: “Measuring Intra- and Inter- Molecular Interactions in Macromolecules Using High Resolution Force Spectroscopy Techniques”
Prof. Michael F. Rubner, MIT DMSE
TOPIC: “Layer-by-Layer Molecular-Level Blending of Polyelectrolytes: Opportunities for Surface Modification and Light Emitting Devices”
Prof. Douglas L. Gin, University of California/Berkeley
TOPIC: “Functional, Nanostructured Materials via the Polymerization of Liquid Crystal Assemblies”
Vanessa Z. Chan, PhD Candidate, MIT DMSE
TOPIC: “Ceramic Nanostructures from Block Copolymer Precursors”
Prof. Samuel P. Gido, U. Mass/Amherst
TOPIC: Controlling Morphology and Long Range Order with Graft Copolymer Molecular Architecture”
Prof. Anthony J. McHugh, University of Illinois
TOPIC: “Flow-Induced Crystallization of Polymers – Experiment and Modeling”
Dr. Chris Barrett, MIT
TOPIC: “Adsorption of Polyelectrolytes: Layers and Multilayers”
Prof. Mark M. Green, Brooklyn Polytechnic
TOPIC: “Chirality in Polymer Science: From the One-Dimensional Ising Model to the Restrictive Cooperativity of the Glassy State”
Prof. Thomas J. McCarthy, U. Mass/Amherst
TOPIC: “New Approaches to Polymer and Surface Modification”
Prof. Emmanuel Giannelis, Cornell University
TOPIC: “Structure and Dynamics of Polymer Nanocomposites”
Prof. Haskell Beckham, Georgia Tech
TOPIC: “Phase Structure and Dynamics of Polyrotaxanes”
FALL 1998
Prof. Bernhard Lotz, Institiut Charles Sadron, CNRS-ULPTOPIC: “Sturcture and Morphology of Crystalline Polymer: from unit cell to spherulite structure”
Prof. Sukant Tripathy, U. Mass/Lowell
TOPIC: “Unusual Light Driven Polymer Mass Transport and What To Do With It”
Prof. Claus D. Eisenbach, University of Stuttgart
TOPIC: “Perpspectives of Ion Interactions in Macromolecular Systems for Novel Polymer Materials”
Prof. Dan Lacks, Tulane University
TOPIC: “Molecular-level Mechanical Instabilities in the Polymer Crystals, Glasses, and Melts”
Prof. Fred McGarry, MIT DMSE
TOPIC: “Toughening of Rigid Silicone Resins”
Prof. Gareth H. McKinley, MIT MechE
TOPIC: “Extensional Rheometry of Polymer Solutions and the Uniaxial Elongation of Viscoelastic Filaments (or why some fluids are stickier than others!)”
Erik Handy, PhD Candidate, MIT Chemistry
TOPIC: “Light-Emitting Polyurethanes Based on Tris(bipyridyl)ruthenium(II): Synthesis and Devices”
Prof. Paul Nealey, University of Wisconsin
TOPIC: “The Morphology of Thin Films of Block Copolymers on self-assembled monolayers patterened with x-ray lithography”
Dr. Phil Jacoby, Amoco
Prof. Jeffrey T. Koberstein, University of ConnecticutTOPIC:“Molecular Design of Polymeric Surface Delivery Vehicles”
Prof. Virgil Percec, Case Western University
TOPIC: “Constructing a Polymer Science Made of Visible Chains Acting as Individual Complex Functional Systems”
Prof. G. Julius Vancso, University of Twente
TOPIC: “Polymers with Ferrocene in the Main Chain: Structure and Properties”
Prof. Ioannis Yannas, MIT MechE
TOPIC: “Biologically Active Networks: Analogs of Extracellular Matrix”
Prof. Ali S. Argon, MIT MechE
TOPIC: “Making Brittle Polymers Tough by the Scientific Method”
Prof. Morton Denn, University of California/Berkeley TOPIC: “The No-Slip Boundary Condition and Polymer Processing Instabilities”
Dr. Sudhakar Balijepalli, MIT ChemE
TOPIC: “Molecular Simulation of Semi-crystalline Polymer Interphases”
Ms. Benita Dair, MIT DMSE
TOPIC: “Deformation Behavior of the Cubic Double Gyroid Phase in Elastometric Triblock Copolymers”
Prof. M. Muthukumar, U. Mass/Amherst
TOPIC: “Collective Diffusion of Polyelectrolytes: Ordinary-Extraordinary Transition”
Prof. Phillip H. Geil, University of Illinois
TOPIC: “Low Temperature Condensation Polymerization-Crystallization: Morphology and Mechanism”
FALL 1997
Prof. Richard R. Schrock, MIT Chemistry
TOPIC: “Terminal Olefins by Group 4 Metal Complexes that contain Diamido/Donor Ligands”
Prof. Paul Buckley, University of Oxford (UK)
TOPIC: “Orientation Processing of Poly(ethylene terephthalate): steps towards a physically-based three-dimensional constitutive model”
Prof. Alan A. Jones, Clark University
TOPIC: “Xenon-129 NMR as a Probe of Structure and Transport in Polymers”
Prof. Michael Paulaitis, Johns Hopkins University
TOPIC: “CO2-Enhanced Diffusion in Polymer Glasses. An Experimental Study Using Forced Rayleigh Scattering”
Prof. Edwin L. Thomas, MIT DMSE
TOPIC: “Diamonds, Stars, and the ABC’s of Mesoscopic Assembly”
Dr. Sai Kumar, Amoco
TOPIC: “Probing Molecular Orientation in Polypropylene by Brillouin Scattering”
Prof. Eric Baer, Case Western Reserve University
TOPIC “Polymer Microlayered Composites”
Darrell Irvine, PhD Candidate MIT DMSE
TOPIC: “Control of Cell Behavior via Polymer Surface Engineering”
Prof. David Martin, University of Michigan
TOPIC: “Micromechanics of Deformation in Oriented Fibers, Crystals and Bicrystals”
Janelle Gunther, PhD Candidate MIT DMSE
TOPIC: “Defects in Liquid Crystal Polymers: Their Origin and Behavior in Magnetic and Flow Fields”
Prof. Warren Baker, Queen’s University
TOPIC: “Process Modeling and Performance of Graft Modified Polymers Prepared in a Twin Screw Extruder”
Dr. Carl Zimba, MIT DMSE
TOPIC: “Characterization of Polymer Films Using Chemical Imaging Techniques”
Prof. Norbert Auner, University of Berlin
TOPIC: “Organosilicon Chemistry: from Molecules to Materials”
Prof. Sanat Kumar, Pennsylvania State UniversityTOPIC: “Phase Transitions in Thin Polymer Mixtures”
Prof. Buckley Crist, Northwestern University
TOPIC: “Thermodynamics of Polyolefin Melt Blends: A Personal Perspective”
Dr. Ravi S. Kane, PhD Candidate MIT ChemETOPIC: “Doped ZnS Nanoclusters Synthesized within Diblock Copolymer Films”
Prof. Tim Swager, MIT Chemistry
TOPIC: “Combining Molecular Recognition and Conducting Polymers: Supramolecular Assemblies and Sensory Materials”
FALL 1996
Prof. Michael Grunze, University of Heidelberg
TOPIC: “Experimental and Monte Carlo Studies of Self-Assembled Monolayers”
Prof. Paula T. Hammond, MIT ChemE
TOPIC: “Smectic C* Side Chain Liquid Crystalline Block Copolymers: Synthesis and Characterization”
Prof. Barry L. Farmer, University of Virginia
TOPIC:“Molecular Modeling of Siloxane-based Side Chain Liquid Crystalline Polymers”
Prof. Hatsua Ishida, Case Western Reserve University
Prof. Alexander Grosberg, MIT
TOPIC: “Recent Advances in the Theory of Proteins and Heteropolymeric Gels: Kinetics”
Prof. Anna C. Balazs, University of Pittsburgh
TOPIC: “Modeling the Interfacial Behavior of Polymeric Systems”
Prof. John Reynolds, University of Florida
TOPIC:“Variable Band Gap Conjugated Polymers for Luminescent and Electrochromic Applications”
Prof. Mark Ediger, University of Wisconsin
TOPIC: “Translational and Rotational Motion of Low Molecular Weight Species in Amorphous Polymers: Are Local Segmental Dynamics Spatially Heterogeneous Near Tg?”
Prof. Gregory C. Rutledge, MIT ChemE
TOPIC: “Thermomechanical Properties of Polymers from Molecular Modeling”
Dr. Jan Noolandi, Xerox Canada
TOPIC: “Ordered Structures in Water-Soluble Polymers”
Prof. Antony N. Beris, University of Delaware
TOPIC: “Direct Numerical Simulation of Polymer-Induced Drag Reduction in Turbulent Channel Flow”
Prof. Arup Chakraborty, University of California/Berkeley
TOPIC: “Interfacial Behavior in Random Heteropolymers”
Prof. Sam Jenekhe, University of Rochester
TOPIC: “Supramolecular and Nanostructured Polymer Systems”
Prof. Paul E. Laibinis, MIT ChemE
TOPIC: “Applications of Self-Assembling Monolayers for Designing Polymers and Tailoring Polymer/Metal Interactions”
Dr. Robert Kumpf, Bayer Corp.
TOPIC: “Recent Trends and Challenges for Industrial Polymer Research”
Prof. Linda Griffith, MIT ChemE
TOPIC: “Polymeric Materials to Control Cell and Tissue Morphogenesis”
Prof. Frank Karasz, U. Mass./Amherst
TOPIC: “Simulating Polymer Surface Phenomena”
Prof. Milton Harris, University of Alabama
Dr Steve Lustig, duPont
TOPIC: “Continuum Thermodynamics and Transport Theory for Solvent Diffusion in Polymers”
Prof. Tobin Marks, Northwestern University
1994-95 NO RECORD
FALL 1993
Prof. Linda Cima, MIT ChemE
TOPIC: “Polymers for Tissue Engineering”
Prof. Gareth H. McKinley, Harvard University
TOPIC: “Sprial Instability in Visometric Flows of Highly Elastic Polymer Materials”
Prof. John Hearle, University of Manchester
TOPIC: “Understanding and Control of Textile Fiber Structure”
Prof. Chris Macosko, University of Minnesota
TOPIC: “Interfacial Reactions for Polymer Melt Blending”
Prof. Frank Karasz, U. Mass./Amherst
TOPIC: “Electroluminescence of Conjugated Polymers”
Prof. David Needham, Duke University
TOPIC: “Stealth Engineering to Evade the Body’s Defenses”
Peter Zuber, General Electric Plastics
TOPIC: “Industrial Polymer Processing Overview”
Prof. Robert C. Armstrong, MIT ChemE
TOPIC: “Kinetic Theory and Rheology of Inhomogenous Polymer Solutions”
Jeffrey D. Carbeck, PhD Candidate, MIT DMSE
TOPIC: “Conformational Defect Structures and Kinematics in Crystalline Polymers”
Prof. Kuo K. Wang, Cornell University
TOPIC: “Computer Aided Engineering for Injection Molding of Polymers”
FALL 1992 and earlier
Dr. Kenneth Shull, IBM Almaden
TOPIC: “Interfacial Properties of Polymer Melts”
Dr. Boris Rosenberg, Institute of Chemical Physics, USSR Academy of Sciences
TOPIC: “The Peculiarities of Structure and Properties of Thin Surface Layers of Amorphous Polymers in the Glassy State”
Dr. Igor Sokolik, Visiting Scientist, U. Mass./Amherst
TOPIC: “Photophysics of Conjugated Polymers: Magnetic Field Effect Technique to Study Polaron Pairs”
Dr. Andrew Ouderkirk, 3M Corporation
TOPIC: “Polymer Surface Modification”
Prof. Edward J. Kramer, Cornell University
TOPIC: “Block Copolymers at Interfaces”
Dr. Yu K. Godovsky, Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry, Moscow
TOPIC: “Interrelation of Phase Separation, Crystallization and Glass Transformation in Polymer Blends and Block Copolymers”
Prof. Hiroyuki Nishide, Waseda University (Tokyo)
TOPIC: “Facilitated Oxygen Transport Through Heme-Polymer Membranes”
Dr. Anthony Allegrezza, Millipore Corporation
TOPIC: “Manufacturing of Synthetic Polymer Membranes”
Prof. Vladimir Fridkin, Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
TOPIC: “Photoelectric and Photorefractive Properties of Ferroelectric Copolymers”
Prof. Alan J. Waddon, U. Mass./Amherst
TOPIC: “The Effect of Chain Folding on the Morphology of Solution-Grown Crystals of Poly(ether ketone) (PEK): A Comparison between the Chain Folded Polymer and Chain Extend Oligomers”
Dr. Dieter Horn, BASF
TOPIC: “Recent Developments in the Preparation and Characterization of Sub-Microdisperse Organic Hydrosols”
Dr. Robert Luise, duPont
TOPIC: “Liquid Crystalline Polyesters”
Prof. Takeji Hashimoto, Kyoto University
TOPIC: “Time and Evolution of Interfacial Structure in the Self-Assembly of Polymer Blends via Spinodal Decomposition”
Prof. Richard Farris, U. Mass./Amherst
TOPIC: “Determination of the State of Stress and Elasticity Coefficients of Thin Polymer Coatings”
Prof. Malcolm Mackley, Cambridge University
TOPIC: “The Rheology of Polymers”
Prof. Christopher K. Ober, Cornell University
TOPIC: “Liquid Crystalline Polymers”
Prof. Yoshiharu Doi, Institute of Technology, Yokohama, Japan
TOPIC: “Production and Properties of New Bacterial Copolyesters”
Prof. Robert G. Gilbert, Sydney University (Australia)
TOPIC: “Free Radical Polymerization Kinetics”
Prof. Bernhard Lotz, CNRS-ULP Strasbourg France
TOPIC: “Microstructural Investigations of Srystalline Bio-and Synthetic Polymers”
Prof. Yachin Cohen, Technion Haifa, Israel
TOPIC: “Gelation and Crystallization in Polymer Solutions”
Prof. Claus D. Eisenbach, University of Bayreuth, Germany
TOPIC: “Supermolecular Struture in Polyurethanes”
Dr. J. M. Guenet, CNRS, Strasbourg, France
TOPIC: “Thermoreversible Gelation of Poly(vinyl chloride)”
Prof. Jim Carothers, Purdue University
Dr. John T. Bendler, General Electric R & D
TOPIC: “Relaxation Recovery, and Conformational Transitions in Glassy Polymers”
Dr. James H. Aubert, Sandia National Laboratory
TOPIC: “Microcellular Foams Prepared by Phase-Separation”
Prof. John A. Nairn, University of Utah
TOPIC: “Fracture Mechanics of Composites Using the Shear Lab Model”
Dr. Robert A. Bubeck, Dow Chemical
TOPIC: “Real Time Small Angle X-Ray Scattering Studies of Tensile Impact of Polymers”
Dr. Samuel A. Safran, Exxon Research
TOPIC: “Aggregation of Surfactant and Polymers in Solution”
Prof. Michael Grunze, U. of Maine, Physics
TOPIC: “Formation and Adhesion of Vapor Deposited Ultra Thin Polyimide Films on Metal Surfaces”
Dr. Flonnie Dowell, Theoretical Div/Los Alamos National Lab
TOPIC: “Theories for Partially-Ordered Polymers in Phases”
Dr. Jerry T. Seitz, Polymer Materials, Dow Chemical
TOPIC: “Physical Properties of Polymers Based Upon Molecular Dimensions”
Prof. John L. Schrag, University of WisconsinTOPIC: “Three Talks on Solution Behavior of Polymers”
Prof. H. H. Kausch, Ecole Polytechnique
TOPIC: “Materials Chain Extension in Flowing Media”
Dr. Hans F. Hespe, Mobay Chemical, Central R&DTOPIC: “Mircrophase Formation in Aqueous of Block Copolyethers”
Prof. Randall W. Richards, U. Mass./Amherst
TOPIC: “Small Angle Neutron Scattering Investigations of Polydimethyl siloxane/Polystyrene Interpenetrating Networks”
Dr. Andrzej Ziabicki, Inst. Fund. Techn., Warsaw
Prof. Alex Silberberg, Weizmann Institute (Israel)
Prof. Jerome H. Weiner, Brown University
TOPIC: “Excluded Volume Effects in Rubber Elasticity”
Dr. Owen Webster, duPont Central R & D
TOPIC: “Recent Advances in the Controlled Synthesis of Acrylic Polymers by Group Transfer Polymerization”
Dr. Frank S. Bates, A T & T Bell Laboratories
TOPIC: “Critical Phenomena in Polymer Melts”
Prof. Sukant Tripathy, U. Mass/Lowell
Dr. D. Sogah, duPont Central R & D
TOPIC: “Macromolecular Engineering in Silicon-Mediated Polymerizations”
Dr. Yacov Kantor, Harvard University
TOPIC: “Statics and Dynamics of Sheet Polymers”
Dr. Do Y. Yoon, IBM Corporation Polymer Physics
TOPIC: “Ordering in Semi-Flexible Liquid Crystalline Polymers”
Prof. Virgil Percec, Case Western University
TOPIC: “New Trends in the Synthesis of Liquid Crystalline Polymers”
Prof. Syed Qutubuddin, Case Western University
TOPIC: “Microemulsions-Some Fundamentals and Application to Polymers and Separation”
Dr. Ian M. Ward, University of Leeds (UK)

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