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2015 MRS Fall Meeting Logo2015 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

November 29-December 4, 2015 | Boston
Meeting Chairs: T. John Balk, Ram Devanathan, George G. Malliaras, Larry A. Nagahara, Luisa Torsi

Symposium H—Multifunctionality in Polymer-Based Materials, Gels and Interfaces

Polymer research is often motivated by the complex demands of applications. Especially the combination of different functions in one-material-systems is challenging. Apart from the structural function, the degradability, stimuli-sensitivity, biofunctionality or the controlled delivery of substances is required.

Multifunctional materials often feature hybrid structures (e.g. (nano)composites, blends, fibrillar or multilayer constructs) which are further enhanced by the possibility of a hierarchical organization of the structural constituents at various length scales (molecular, nano-, micro-). The latter point encompasses also the molecular control of polymer and composite architectures (dendritic/hyperbranched macromolecules, unimolecular micelles, statistic vs. directed colloidal aggregation, etc.).

Polymer-based materials offer a broad and flexible platform to provide, receive and respond to endogenous signals like chemical, biological and/or physical stimuli. The processes at the biointerface comprise the interaction between cells and the implant surface, contacts between cells and between molecules inside the cells. Cell instructive polymers should modulate cell adherence, migration, nidation, proliferation, cell morphology and function as well as immune response and the healing process. All these aspects are the topic of this interdisciplinary symposium.

Topics will include:

  • Multifunctionalmaterials
  • Multi-component complexmaterial systems
  • Active/stimulisensitive (nano)composites
  • Shape-memory polymers
  • Shape-changingpolymers
  • Supramolecularpolymers
  • Actively moving (bio)polymers (e.g. biologicaltransporters)
  • Interaction ofpolymers with proteins and cells
  • Biological evaluationof polymers
  • Photosensitivematerials
  • Stimuli-sensitivepolymers and gels
  • Self-assembled softmaterials
  • REDOX and electricalresponsiveness
  • Artificial muscles
  • Polymers for imaging
  • Polymer basedactuators, sensors and switches
  • Polymerdrugs/prodrugs
  • Polymer-directedbiological effects
  • Surfacefunctionalization for biological performance

Invited Speakers:

  • Costantino Creton (ESPCI Paris Tech, France)
  • Jiandong Ding (Fudan University, China)
  • Jinlian Hu (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
  • Christine Jérôme (University of Liège, Belgium)
  • LaShanda Teresa James Korley (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
  • Krzysztof Matyjaszewski (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Thao (Vicky) Nguyen (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Philippe Poulin (CRPP - CNRS, France)
  • W. Mark Saltzman (Yale University, USA)
  • Takeshi Serizawa (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
  • Timothy J. White (Air Force Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Meital Zilberman (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

Symposium Organizers

Andreas Lendlein
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
Institute of Biomaterial Science and University of Potsdam

Yakai Feng
Tianjin University
School of Chemical Engineering and Technology

Dirk W. Grijpma
University of Twente
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Walter E. Voit
University of Texas
Department of Materials Science and Engineering