Featured speakers: Advanced precision synthesis
Within each session featured speakers will each give invited lectures of 20 minutes supplemented by contributed oral presentations. Abstracts for the large poster sessions are invited. Submit poster abstracts here.
Presentation title: Chemical and topological evolution of polymer biointerfaces
Dr. Edmondo M. Benetti graduated in chemistry at the University of Padova (Italy) in 2004 and carried out his PhD at the University of Twente (The Netherlands), working in the Department of Materials Science and Technology of Polymers (2009).
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He joined the Department of Materials at ETH in 2009 as a PostDoc (ETH fellow) working in the group of Prof. Marcus Textor. Since 2014 he has been a Senior Scientist in the Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology (Swiss National Science Foundation “Ambizione” fellow). Here he coordinates the activities of the Polymer Surfaces Group, concentrating on controlled polymerization methods, and surface science. His research is particularly focusing on the modulation of the interfacial physicochemical properties of polymer assemblies, and on their dissection by advanced scanning probe methods and others surface analytics.
Ghent University, Belgium
Presentation title: Poly(cyclic imino ethers)s based on six- and seven-membered cyclic monomers
Prof. Richard Hoogenboom is heading the Supramolecular Chemistry (SC) group that was founded based on his BOF-ZAP appointment as associate professor in 2010 (full professor since 2014).
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The research of the SC-group focuses on adaptive and responsive materials based on stimuli-responsive polymers, supramolecular polymers, and poly(2-oxazoline)s. Prof. Hoogenboom has published more than 350 refereed scientific articles that received 15,000+ citations (h-index 58) and he is currently associate editor for European Polymer Journal and Australian Journal of Chemistry. Prof. Hoogenboom is the recipient of the inaugural RSC Polymer Chemistry award (2015), the PI IUPAC young investigator award (2016), the Prometheus award for research from Ghent University (2016) and the ACS Macromolecules/Biomacromolecules Young Investigator award (2017).
University of Birmingham, UK
Presentation title: Expanding the scope of aqueous polymerization-induced self-assembly
Rachel O’Reilly is currently a Chair of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. She got her first degree from the University of Cambridge and went on to complete her PhD at Imperial College, London in 2003.
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She then moved to the US to under the joint direction of Professors Craig J. Hawker and Karen L. Wooley. In 2006 she took up a Royal Society Fellowship at the University of Cambridge and then in 2009 she moved to the University of Warwick and in 2012 was promoted to full professor. Earlier this year she moved to her current position. Her group undertakes research in the area of catalysis, responsive polymers, nanostructure characterization and DNA nanomaterials. She has published over 175 papers to date and has received a number of awards, including the IUPAC-Samsung young polymer scientist award in 2012, and in 2013 the American Chemical Society Mark Young Polymer Scientist award. In 2017 she was awarded the Macromolecules/Biomacromolecules young investigator award from the ASC in recognition of her innovative research in polymer science. She is on the reviewing board of editors for Science and an associate editor for Macromolecules.
University of Warwick, UK and Monash University, Australia
Presentation title: Cyclic peptide / polymer conjugates for therapeutic applications
Professor Sébastien Perrier graduated from the Ecole National Supèrieure de Chimie de Montpellier, France, in 1998. He undertook his PhD at the University of Warwick, England, in polymer chemistry, and spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Advances Macromolecular Design (University of New South Wales), Australia.
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He started his academic career at Leeds in 2002 as a lecturer, then moved to the University of Sydney in 2007, as director of the Key Centre for Polymers & Colloids.
In October 2013, Sébastien was appointed as the Monash-Warwick Alliance Chair in Polymer Chemistry, a joint appointment between the Chemistry Department and the Medical School at the University of Warwick, UK, and the Faculty of Pharmacy at Monash University, Australia. Sébastien’s team focuses on the use of macromolecular engineering to design functional nanostructured materials, with applications ranging from material science to nanotechnology and nanomedicine.
He serves as Associate Editor of Polymer Chemistry and also a member of the editorial boards of Soft Matter, Macromolecules, European Polymer Journal, Polymers, ACS Macro Letters, ChemComm and ChemSocRev. His recent awards include the Macro Group UK Young Researcher Award (2006), the Rennie Memorial Medal (2009), the RACI Applied Research Award (2012), a Future Fellowship (2012), the Australian Academy of Science Le Fèvre Memorial Prize (2013), the Wolfson Merit Award (Royal Society, 2014), the Biomacromolecules / Macromolecules Young Investigator Award (ACS, 2014) and the IUPAC / Samsung Young Polymer Scientist Award (IUPAC, 2014).
University of Florida, USA
Brent Sumerlin graduated with a B.S. from North Carolina State University in 1998 and received his Ph.D. in 2003 at the University of Southern Mississippi under the direction of Dr. Charles McCormick.
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He continued his work as a Visiting Assistant Professor/Postdoctoral Research Associate in the group of Krzysztof Matyjaszewski at Carnegie Mellon University from 2003–2005. In 2005 he joined the Department of Chemistry at Southern Methodist University as an Assistant Professor, and in 2009 he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. In the fall of 2012, Prof. Sumerlin joined the Butler Polymer Research Laboratory and the Center for Macromolecular Science & Engineering within the Department of Chemistry at the University of Florida, where he is currently the George Bergen Butler Professor of Polymer Chemistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and was named a Kavli Fellow (Frontiers of Science, National Academies of Sciences). Prof. Sumerlin has won a number of awards, including the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, NSF CAREER Award, ACS Leadership Development Award, Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award, Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award, and the Hanwha-Total IUPAC Award. He is an associate editor of ACS Macro Letters.
Nagoya University, Japan
Presentation title: Macromolecular helicity control for the development of unique chiral materials
Eiji Yashima received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. (1988) from Osaka University. In 1986, he joined Kagoshima University.
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After a postdoc with David Tirrell at UMass (1988-1989), he moved to Nagoya University in 1991 and was promoted to a full Professor in 1998. He was the project leader of the ERATO Project (JST) on "Yashima Super-Structured Helix" (2002-2007). He received the SPSJ Wiley Polymer Science Award in 2000, the Japan IBM Science Award in 2001, Molecular Chirality Award in 2005, Thomson Scientific Research Front Award in 2007, the Award of The Society of Polymer Science, Japan in 2008, Chirality Medal in 2013, the Chemical Society of Japan Award in 2015 and Medal with Purple Ribbon in 2017. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and an associate member of the Science Council of Japan. He has published over 330 papers including 23 reviews and contributed to write 13 chapters in books. His current research interests are in the design and synthesis of helical molecules, supramolecules, and polymers with novel structures and functions.