The below nine speakers will give invited plenary lectures of 40 minutes each.

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.

Featured speakers: Advanced precision synthesis

Featured speakers: Merging polymer structure with dynamics

Featured speakers: Polymer technology for solving societal challenges

Plenary Speakers

Christopher Barner-Kowollik

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Presentation title: Controlling macromolecular reactivity with different colours of light

Christopher Barner-Kowollik is currently Professor of Materials Science and Head of the Soft Matter Materials Laboratory at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He received a PhD in Physical Chemistry in 1999 (Göttingen University).

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Stephen Z. D. Cheng

University of Akron, USA

Presentation title: Topological engineering of giant molecules toward unconventional structures and functions

Stephen Z. D. Cheng received his Ph.D. degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy, New York, in 1985.

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Jian Ping Gong

Hokkaido University, Japan

Presentation title: Self-growing double network hydrogels by repetitive mechanical training

Jian Ping Gong is a professor of Faculty of Advanced Life Science, and Global Station for Soft Matter, GI-CoRE, Hokkaido University.

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Sir J. Fraser Stoddart

Northwestern University, USA; Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Winner 2016
Photo credit: Jim Prisching Photography

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry rewarded three pioneers in the field – Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir Fraser Stoddart and Ben Feringa – for their design and production of molecular machines which can perform controlled tasks when energy is supplied.

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Marc Hillmyer

University of Minnesota, USA

Presentation title: Harnessing the disordered state of block polymers for new nanostructured materials synthesis

Marc Hillmyer received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Florida in 1989 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1994. After completing a postdoctoral research position in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science he joined the Chemistry faculty at Minnesota in 1997.

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Bin Liu

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Presentation title: Organic nanoparticles for sensing, imaging and therapy

Professor Bin Liu
is the Provost’s Chair Professor of the National University of Singapore. Named among the World's Most Influential Minds and the Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters, Professor Bin Liu specializes in bringing organic soluble macromolecules and small molecules into aqueous media, with a focus on the exploration of their unique applications in biomedical research, environmental monitoring and electronic devices.

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Sybrand van der Zwaag

TU Delft, The Netherlands

Presentation title: Self-healing materials: from the concept to its realisation in a range of material classes

Sybrand van der Zwaag, distinguished professor, holds a full time position at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherland where he leads the group Novel Aerospace Materials.

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Tanja Weil

Max Plank Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany

Presentation title: Biotemplated polymer synthesis

In 2008, Tanja Weil accepted an Associate Professor position at the National University of Singapore. She joined Ulm University as Director of the Institute of Organic Chemistry III / Macromolecular Chemistry in 2010.

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Ben Zhong Tang

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

Presentation title: AIE-active polymers

Ben Zhong Tang is Stephen K. C. Cheong Professor of Science, Chair Professor of Chemistry, and Chair Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).  His research interests include macromolecular chemistry, materials science and biomedical theranostics.

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Featured speakers: Advanced precision synthesis

Featured speakers: Merging polymer structure with dynamics

Featured speakers: Polymer technology for solving societal challenges

To contribute to the poster programmes please visit the submit abstract page.