The first Pan-American Polymer Science Conference (PanPoly), sponsored by the American Chemical Society, will be held in Guarujá, state of São Paulo, Brazil, from March 22nd to 24th 2017. Since it is summer time in the southern hemisphere, the conference venue is the Casa Grande Hotel Resort & Spa, which is a beach front hotel with great service and amenities.
The goal of this conference is to promote an awareness and collaboration between researchers in North and South America in the area of polymer science that is currently lacking, and as a part of this to help stimulate the free exchange of ideas and development of new research and industrial impact throughout this large region of the globe. This conference is part of a larger effort that we are starting to promote Pan-American interaction in polymer science, sponsored by the American Chemical Society as part of its growing focus on internationalization. The vision is for one event each year alternating between the United States (North American lead partner) and Brazil (South American lead partner). The events in Brazil will be organized through the ACS Brazil Chapter, while the symposia in the U.S. will be held jointly with the ACS National Meeting.
While the scope of the conference is designed to broadly touch on all aspects of polymer science of interest to the Pan-American community, specific focus topics for sessions include:
a) Biopolymers and Polymers for Medical Applications
b) Polymer Networks and Gels
c) Advances in Polymerization Methods and Techniques
d) Biomass-Based Polymers
e) Electronically Active Polymers
f) Polymer-Based Sensors and Biosensors