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  Symposium P:

Designer Polymeric Nano and Micro-Structures

A three day Symposium on “Designer Polymeric Nano and Micro-Structures” is proposed – the main goals of the sessions are to highlight the tremendous advances in the newfound ability to synthesize and assemble highly controlled polymer based structures that enable desirable multifunctional properties.

The intent of the symposium is to attract polymer scientists, polymer engineers and materials scientists to consider designer or tailored polymeric materials for various applications in which precise control over structures at various length scales is crucial to the performance of the materials. A major activity in this field that is certainly hot is that of hierarchical assembly, including directed-assembly of polymers, including block polymers and crystalline polymers, lithographic patterning across the length scales (to include also embossing, nanoimprint, pattern transfer through plasma etching etc.). Another very significant and related area is molecular engineering of surfaces and interfaces, i.e. polymer brushes. Nanocomposite polymer systems are increasingly important particularly as regards applications were multifunctionality is key, e.g. systems simultaneously exhibiting mechanical, optical, fire retardancy, barrier properties etc.) self-assembly and co-assembly (eg block copolymers and nanoparticles), especially as regards the role of polymers in photovoltaics via quantum dot-polymer conjugates. A strict nanotechnological approach; i.e. control of molecular objects in a direct one-to-one relation between two nanoobjects, or a micro- and a nanoscale object will receive particular attention. Stimulus-responsive polymer based systems will also be covered that can act as highly sensitive and selective sensors with a variety of transduction schemes. Use of polymeric materials in the energy industry (membranes for CO2 separation and for fuel cells, conducting polymers in photovoltaics), polymer conversion into biofuels will be considered.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Molecular control bottom up
  • Stimulus-responsive polymer platforms (sensors, actuators, biointerfaces)
  • Nanoscale patterning and fabrication of polymers
  • Polymers in energy: biofuels, separation membranes, photovoltaics
  • Organic-inorganic assemblies
  • Polymer interfaces across synthetic and biological systems
  • Tailoring structure across the lengthscales for function
  • Polymers for electronic applications
  • Complex polymer architectures

Invited speakers/talks (confirmed list):

  • Takuzo Aida -Tokyo, Japan (Confirmed)
  • Paul Braun - Univ of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA (Confirmed)
  • Stephen Cheng - Univ Akron, Akron, Ohio, USA (Confirmed)
  • Fernando Galembeck - Institute of Chemistry, Unicamp, Brazil (Confirmed)
  • Ming Yong Han - NUS Singapore/IMRE (Confirmed)
  • Luiz Henrique Mattoso - Embrapa-Brazilian Corp for Research in Agriculture, São Paulo, Brazil (Confirmed)
  • Rachel Segalman - Univ of CA Berkeley, Berkeley CA, USA (Confirmed)
  • Dirk Broer Philips - the Netherlands (Confirmed)
  • Nicole Demarquette -Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Univ. of São Paulo (Confirmed)

Full papers: Journal of Materials Science (Springer) will publish Special ICAM 2009 issue(s) containing full papers of abstracts presented in this symposium provided such manuscripts are reviewed according to the Journal standards. Authors are invited, not obliged, to submit full length manuscripts.

For instructions, please check Full Papers Publication.

Symposium organizers:

Edwin L. Thomas
Dept of Materials Science and Engineering
6-113 MIT Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

Phone number: 617-253-6901
Fax number: 617 -252-1175
E-mail: elt@mit.edu

Maria do Carmo Gonçalves
Institute of Chemistry
Campinas - SP
C.P. 6154, Brazil

Phone number: (19) 3521 3129
Fax number: (19) 3521 3023
E-mail: maria@iqm.unicamp.br

Christopher Ober
U. Cornell
Dept Materials Science and Engr
310 Bard Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-1501 USA

Phone number: 607 255-8417
Fax number: 607 255-2365
E-mail: cko3@cornell.edu

Julius Vancso
U. of Twente
MESA+ Research Institute for Nanotechnology
Materials Science and Technology of Polymers
MTP LA 1735 PO Box 217
7500AE Enschede The Netherlands

Phone number: 31 (0)53 489 2974
Fax number: 31 (0)53 489 3823
E-mail: G.J.Vancso@tnw.utwente.nl





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