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Call for Papers

Symposium SM8—Advanced Polymers

Research in the field of polymeric materials is often motivated by complex demands of modern applications. Polymeric materials offer various structural parameters on different levels to adjust their properties and functions: the chemical structure of the repeating units, their chain segment length in polymer network architectures, and the (self-)assembly of macromolecules on the supramolecular level.

Multifunctional materials can be designed as hybrid structures (e.g. (nano)composites, block cpolymers, blends, protein-polymer hybrids, fibrillar or multilayer constructs), in which distinct phases separately or synergistically contribute to the overall performance. These hybrid structures can be further enhanced by the possibility of an hierarchical organization of the structural constituents at various length scales ranging from the molecular to nano-, micro- or even the macro lengthscale, by employing modern processing techniques such as 3D-printing.

Multifunctionality of materials may be realized through a biological inspiration of their structure and interactions; or through the presence of natural or biologically active components, e.g. in biobased polymers (such as programmable DNA nanostructures); or via a complex but controlled physical behavior, e.g. actively moving polymers (shape-memory effect, shape-changing capability).

Additional functions span through electrical/thermal conductivity, REDOX behavior, (bio)sensing, temperature-dependent behavior, bio-compatibility and/or degradability, bioresponsive drug delivery and self-healing capability.

Topics will include:

  • Functional nanocomposites / multimaterial systems
  • Shape-memory polymers / shape-changing polymers
  • Functional nano/microobjects
  • Biodegradable polymers / biobased materials
  • Stimuli-sensitive gels / biomimetic approaches for creating functions (including self-assembly)
  • Stimuli-sensitive composites in inorganic/polymeric materials for molecular/cellular sensing, manipulation, stimulation and analysis

Invited Speakers:

  • Paolo Falcaro (Graz University of Technology, Austria)
  • Donglei (Emma) Fan (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Sarah C. Heilshorn (Stanford University, USA)
  • David Safranski (MedShape, Inc., USA)
  • Stefan Seeger (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Herbert Shea (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • André R. Studart (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Brent S. Sumerlin (University of Florida, USA)
  • Nicola Tirelli (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
  • Ulrich Wiesner (Cornell University, USA)
  • Ryo Yoshida (University of Tokyo, Japan)

Symposium Organizers

Andreas Lendlein
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
Institute of Biomaterial Science and University of Potsdam
49-3328-352-450, lendlein@uni-potsdam.de

Kevin Cavicchi
The University of Akron
Department of Polymer Engineering
330-972-8368, kac58@uakron.edu

LaShanda Korley
Case Western Reserve University
Macromolecular Science and Engineering
216-368-1421, ltk13@case.edu

Bernd Rehm
Massey University
Institute of Fundamental Sciences
New Zealand
64-6-356-9099 ext 84704, B.Rehm@massey.ac.nz