Featured speakers: Merging polymer structure with dynamics
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.
Fudan University, China
Guosong Chen currently is a professor in Deparment of Macromolecular Sciences, Fudan University. She graduated in chemistry at Nankai University in 2001 and carried out her PhD at the same university, working on supramolecular chemistry.
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After her postdoctoral studies in carbohydrate chemistry at Iowa State University, she moved to Fudan University in Dec. 2008, where she joined the research group of Prof. Ming Jiang, MCAS in macromolecular self-assembly as a lecturer, working on the interface of macromolecular self-assembly and supramolecular chemistry. After she was promoted to associate professor in 2011, her research focus has been reoriented to carbohydrate-based macromolecular self-assembly and its biological functions. She was promoted to full professor in 2014. As a corresponding author, she published more than 60 papers to date. She was elected as Fellow of Royal Chemical Society (FRSC) and now serves as an Associate Editor of ACS Macro Letters and an international board member for Polymer Chemistry, Bioconjugate Chemistry, Polymer International, Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part A and etc.
Drexel University, USA
Christopher Li received his B. S. from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1995 and his Ph.D. from the Department of Polymer Science, The University of Akron in December 1999. After working as a post-doc at the Maurice Morton Institute of Polymer Science, UA for 2 years, he joined Drexel University, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 2002 as an assistant professor.
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He was promoted to associate and full professor in 2007, and 2011, respectively. His group studies ordered polymeric systems, including crystalline, liquid crystalline and block copolymers, for energy storage and biomedical applications.
Christopher Li is a Fellow of American Physical Society and North American Thermal Analysis Society, and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Polymer, Macromolecules (14-17), etc. He has received several awards including the NSF Creativity Award, NSF-CAREER Award, Outstanding Oversea Young Scientist, National Science Foundation of China, Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, ASM Bradley Stoughton Award, DuPont Young Faculty Award, among others. He served as the President of the North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS) in 2016.
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Sijbren received his M.Sc. (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) degrees cum laude from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He worked on physical organic chemistry in aqueous solutions in the group of Prof. Jan B. F. N. Engberts. In 1998 he moved to the United States for a year as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Steven L. Regen (Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) investigating synthetic systems mediating ion transport through lipid bilayers.
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In 1999 he received a Marie Curie Fellowship and moved to the University of Cambridge where he worked for two years with Prof. Jeremy K. M. Sanders on dynamic combinatorial libraries.
Sijbren started his independent research career in 2001 as a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge in the UK and accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen in 2009 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011 and Full Professor in 2016. He is director of the Chemistry MSc degree program.
Sijbren was awarded ERC starting (2010) and advanced (2017) grants from the EU and a VICI grant from NWO in the Netherlands and is one of six main applicants of the prestigious national gravitation program on Functional Molecular Systems (FMS). He is joint editor-in-chief of the re-launched Journal of Systems Chemistry and chaired COST Action CM1304 on the subject of Systems Chemistry uniting more than 90 European research groups.