Featured speakers: Advanced precision synthesis
Within each session seven featured speakers will each give invited lectures of 20 minutes supplemented by contributed oral and poster presentations for which abstracts are invited by 13 January 2019. Submit oral and poster abstracts here
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.
University of New South Wales, Australia
Prof Cyrille Boyer received his Ph.D. from the University of Montpellier II. After working with Dupont Performance Elastomers, Cyrille moved to UNSW in the centre for advanced macromolecular design.
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He was awarded the SCOPUS Young Researcher of the year Award in 2012, one of the six 2015 Prime Minister's Science Prizes (Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the year), the 2016 LeFevre Memorial Prize and nominated as one of the inaugural Knowledge Nation 100 selected by the Knowledge Society, guided by Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb and senior commentators from The Australian newspaper. Cyrille’s research has also been recognized by several international awards, including 2016 ACS Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Award, 2016 Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award, 2018 Polymer International-IUPAC award and 2018 Polymer Chemistry Lectureship. Cyrille is the co-director of Australian Centre for Nanomedicine and member of Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design. The Australian Centre for Nanomedicine regroups 10 academics, 20 post-docs and research associates and 80 PhD students. Cyrille's research interests mainly cover the use of photoredox catalysts to perform living radical polymerization and polymer post-modification and anti-microbial polymers
University of Birmingham, UK
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 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.