Featured speakers: Polymer technology for solving societal challenges
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.
TU Darmstadt, Germany
Presentation title: Controlling polymer functionalization in nanopores or how to gradually design nanopore transport
Annette Andrieu-Brunsen is Professor at the Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany) heading the research group “Macromolecular Chemistry – Smart Membranes” since June 2018.
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Her research interest focuses on functional nanopore and nanopore transport design. This includes polymer functionalization of spatially confined nanopores, nanopore wetting and charge control, innovative nanoporous material and architecture design as well as automated design procedures. On this basis her research group aims to develop model systems, and solve challenges in the context of water management, energy conversion and sensing.
Annette Andrieu-Brunsen studied Chemistry at the Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany). She got her PhD from the Johannes-Gutenberg Universität and the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz (Germany) funded by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes in 2010 and has been working together with Prof. Soler-Illia and Prof. Azzaroni at the CNEA in Buenos Aires (Argentina) before becoming appointed as Assistant Professor at the TU-Darmstadt (Germany).
She received several awards within the last years such as the Exploration Grant of the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation, membership of the Fast Track program of the Robert-Bosch Foundation, the Zsigmondy Fellowship of the German Colloid Society and the ADUC award for junior research group leaders in Chemistry in Germany. This year she was awarded with an ERC Starting Grant 2018.
Presentation title: Cell-Mediated delivery of polymer nanomedicines
Harm-Anton Klok is Full Professor at the Institutes of Materials and Chemical Sciences and Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) (Lausanne, Switzerland). He studied chemical technology at the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands) from 1989 to 1993 and received his Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Ulm (Germany) after working with Martin Möller.
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After postdoctoral research with David N. Reinhoudt (University of Twente) and Samuel I. Stupp (University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA), he joined the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Mainz, Germany) in early 1999 as a project leader in the group of Klaus Müllen. In November 2002, he was appointed to the faculty of EPFL. Since 2012 he is Director of the Institute of Materials (~ Department Head) and also directs the Molecular and Hybrid Materials Characterization Center at EPFL.
His research interests include polymer surface and interface science, polymer nanomedicine and polymer synthesis and functionalization.
Harm-Anton Klok is recipient of the Arthur K. Doolittle Award of the American Chemical Society (2007) and is Associate Editor of the American Chemical Society journal Biomacromolecules and serves or has served on the editorial advisory board of Eur. Polym. J., J. Polym. Sci. A: Polym. Chem., Macromolecules, ACS Macro Letters as well as Macromol. Rapid Commun. and Macromol. Bioscience. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Bordeaux (France) and the University of Massachusetts/Amherst (USA), is a Chair Professor at the College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University (Suzhou, China), guest professor at the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun (China), Shanghai University (Shanghai, China) and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and was awarded a Chinese Academy of Sciences visiting professorship for senior international scientists (Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing).
 J. Zoppe, N. Cavusoglu Ataman, P. Mocny, J. Wang, J. Moraes, H.-A. Klok, Surface-initiated controlled radical polymerization: state-of-the-art, opportunities and challenges in surface and interface engineering with polymer brushes, Chem. Rev. 2017, 117, 1105.
 M. Ayer, H.-A. Klok, Cell-mediated delivery of synthetic nano- and microparticles, J. Control. Release 2017, 259, 92.
 K. A. Günay, D. Benczédi, A. Herrmann, H.-A. Klok, Peptide-enhanced selective surface deposition of polymer-based fragrance delivery systems, Adv. Funct. Mater. 2017, 27, 1603843.
 N. Cavusoglu Ataman, H.-A. Klok, Degrafting of poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) brushes from planar and spherical silicon substrates, Macromolecules 2016, 49, 9035.
 S. Desseaux, J. P. Hinestrosa, N. Schüwer, B. S. Lokitz, J. F. Ankner, S. M. Kilbey, II, K. Voitchovsky, H.-A. Klok, Swelling behavior and nanomechanical properties of (peptide-modified) poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) and poly(polyethylene glycol methacrylate) brushes, Macromolecules2016, 49, 4609.
 H.-A. Klok, J. Genzer, Expanding the polymer mechanochemistry toolbox through surface-initiated polymerization, ACS Macro Lett. 2015,4, 636.
University of Tokyo, Japan
Presentation title: Polymer technology for solving societal challenges
Tadahisa Iwata graduated from Faculty of Agriculture, Kyoto University in 1989. He studied in CERMAV-CNRS (Grenoble) as a French Government scholarship foreign student in 1992-93 and obtained his PhD degree in Wood Science & Technology from Kyoto University in 1994.
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He obtained JSPS and RIKEN Special Postdoctoral Fellow in 1995. He spent 10 years in RIKEN Institute, Japan, as a researcher and then vice-head of Polymer Chemistry Laboratory. In 2006, He became Associate Professor in The University of Tokyo, where he was promoted to Professor in 2012. Since 2013, He has been the Head of Department of Biomaterial Sciences. From 2018, he is an advisor to the President. His major interest and specialty are in polymeric materials, bio-based polymers, biodegradable plastics, polymer crystallography, and polymer physics. He has published more than 200 original papers, 60 reviews, 23 books, and 30 patents. He received The Award of the Society of Fiber Science and Technology, Japan (2006) and German Innovation Award, Gottfried Wagener Prize, Germany (2009). He also serves as Editor in Polymer Degradation and Stability journal (Elsevier).
University of Arizona, USA
Presentation title: Finding light in the darkness with CHIPs: A new class of polymers for thermal imaging and IR optics
Professor Jeffrey Pyun is currently a Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Arizona. In Fall 2004, he joined the faculty in Chemistry at the University of Arizona as an Assistant Professor, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010 has been a Full Professor since 2015
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Prof. Pyun’s research interests focus on the synthesis, self-assembly, characterization and device evaluation of novel polymers, nanoparticles, and nanocomposites materials. He is currently working on materials are anticipated to broadly impact the areas of information storage, optical materials, sulfur utilization, photocatalysis-solar fuels and energy storage technologies. Prof. Pyun obtained his BA in Chemistry at Northwestern University in 1997. As an undergraduate, he worked under Prof. Joseph Lambert and later joined the group of Prof. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski at Carnegie Mellon University for graduate studies. In 2002, he obtained his PhD in Chemistry working in the area of controlled radical polymerization applied to the synthesis of organic/inorganic hybrid materials. He then moved on to postdoctoral research in a joint position with Prof. Jean M.J. Fréchet and Prof. Craig J. Hawker at the IBM Almaden Research Center from 2002-2004 focusing on the synthesis of complex macromolecular architectures for catalysis. Since 2009, he has also served as a World Class University Professor, in the School of Chemical & Biological Engineering at Seoul National University. Prof. Pyun’s research contributions have been recognized by a number of prestigious awards for young investigators, namely, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the IBM Faculty Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship and the important contributions to the magnetic tape industry thru the Information Storage Industry Consortium (INSIC) Technical Achievement Award. He has also been recognized by the University of Arizona with the Innovation and Impact Award from Tech Launch Arizona, along with the Catalyst award the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. He was also recently appointed a Kavli Fellow from the Kavli Institute and the US National Academy of Science.
Aarhus University, Denmark
Brigitte Städler (ORCID: 0000-0002-7335-3945) was Assistant Professor at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center at Aarhus University, Denmark between 2011 and 2014, before she was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015. Prior to this, she obtained her PhD from ETH Zurich, Switzerland followed by post doc time at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
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Currently, she is the head of the ‘Laboratory for Cell Mimicry’, an interdisciplinary group working at the interface of drug delivery, polymer science, cell biology, and microfluidics to provide nature inspired solutions to address medical challenges. Highlights include the first report on i) intracellularly active subcompartmentalized nanoreactors, ii) the integration of microreactors with HepG2 cells, and iii) directional self-propelled nanobots. In addition to her fundamental research, she is also collaborating with companies like DuPont, Carlsberg and Microsoft.
Brigitte has over 75 peer-reviewed publications (web of science h-index 27) and 5 book chapters. She obtained multiple fellowships including L’Oreal/UNESCO - For Women in Science Fellowship, Denmark and the Carlsberg Foundation – Distinguished Associate Professor Fellowship.
Donghua University China
Presentation title: Preparation, structures and multifaceted applications of cellulosic porous materials
Prof. Dr. Xiaofeng Sui obtained his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Tsinghua University (2006) and his master’s degree in Polymer Chemistry and Physics from Tsinghua University (2008).
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In 2012, he received his PhD degree from Materials Science and Technology of Polymers group, University of Twente. He was a researcher in Akzonobel (2012-2013) and a postdoc in Radboud University (2014). Thereafter, he joined College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Donghua University. In 2015, he received the grant of Thousand Young Talents Program. His research subjects are centered around nanocellulose related functional materials.