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.
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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After postdoctoral research with T. P. Davis (1999-2002) and academic positions at the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, he was appointed Full Professor of Polymer Chemistry in 2006 at the same institution. From 2008 to 2017 he held the chair for Macromolecular Chemistry at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he continues to head a research team. Prof. Barner-Kowollik has published over 570 peer-reviewed studies that have been cited over 21 000 times.
He has won several awards for his research, including an ARC Professorial Fellowship (2006), the Belgian Polymer Medal (2012) and most recently the coveted Erwin-Schrödinger Award of the Helmholtz association (2016) as well as an ARC Laureate Fellowship (2017). His main research interests are situated at the interface of organic, polymer and biochemistry and focus on a wide range of polymer-related research fields, such as the photochemical synthesis of complex macromolecular architectures with highly-defined functionality and composition, advanced synthesis via polymer ligation techniques and macromolecular transformations at ambient temperature in solution and on surfaces, with a strong focus on light-induced methodologies, advanced photolithographic processes, fundamental investigations into polymerization mechanisms and kinetics, as well as high resolution imaging and characterization of macromolecular chain structures via mass spectrometric methods in solution and on surfaces.
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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His research interests are in the area of chemistry, physics, and engineering of polymers and advanced functional materials including ordered structure, morphology, phase transition thermodynamics, kinetics, and molecular motions. His recent interests in particular are focusing on nanohybrid materials with different molecular chemical structures and physical topologies, architectures, and interactions and their assemblies in the bulk, solution, and thin films. He is also active in developing researches of conducting polymers, photovoltaics, polymer optics, and photonics. Stephen Z. D. Cheng currently holds the R. C. Musson & Trustees Professor and serves as the Dean of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron. He is the recipient of Presidential Young Investigator Award (1991), John H. Dillon Medal (APS, 1995), Mettler-Toledo Award (NATAS, 1999), TA-Instrument Award (ICTAC, 2004), PMSE Cooperative Research Award (ACS, 2005), Polymer Physics Prize (APS, 2013), SPSJ International Award (Society of Polymer Science, Japan, 2017) and other awards and recognitions. Cheng has been a Fellow of AAAS and APS and an Honorable Fellow of Chinese Chemical Society. He has been elected as a member of the National Academic of Engineering of US (2008).
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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She graduated from Zhejiang University, China, and received Doctor of Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology for research on high Tc superconductors. She also received Doctor of Science from Hokkaido University for research on polyelectrolyte gels. She joined the faculty at Hokkaido University in 1993. She received Wiley Polymer Science Award (2001), The Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (2006), The Chemical Society of Japan Award (2011), and DSM Materials Sciences Award (2014).
Gong currently is interesting in developing novel hydrogels with high mechanical performances, including high strength and toughness, self-healing, shock-absorbing, low surface friction, adhesion and bonding, and the application of the hydrogels as bio-tissues, such as cartilages.
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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It took incredible ingenuity to create miniature mechanical devices at an atomic scale. Frenchman Sauvage set the wheels in motion, quite literally, by coming up with a means of producing molecules called catenanes in which two or more rings are linked together mechanically to form a chain. These molecules have served as prototypes of rotary motors.
The next step was taken by Fraser Stoddart, who produced the blueprint for linear molecular motors, in the shape of mechanically interlocked molecules called rotaxanes, in which a ring trapped on the axle of a dumbbell is capable of controlled movement back and forth along the axle of the dumbbell. These molecular shuttles were the forerunners of molecular switches, which were incorporated into molecule-based computer chips and, as nanovalves, into drug delivery systems. Subsequently, the molecular switches have been integrated into molecular machines, such as molecular muscles and artificial pumps.
Sir Fraser performed much of his work at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where his team produced large-scale ‘ultra-dense’ memory devices that store information using controllable molecular switches. This research represented an important step toward the creation of molecular computers that are much smaller and potentially more powerful than today’s silicon-based counterparts. Stoddart himself said: “This research was the culmination of a long-standing dream that these molecules could be used for information storage.”
He also developed mechanically interlocked molecules called suitanes, named for their appearance like a limbed torso in a suit. “Discovering the way to dress a molecule with another one is a prelude to constructing artificial systems reminiscent of living cells”, said Stoddart.
Fraser Stoddart born in Edinburgh, Scotland, completed his BSc and PhD at the University of Edinburgh by 1966. He then went to Queen’s University, Canada as a postdoctoral fellow, returning to the UK as a research fellow at the University of Sheffield in 1970. He stayed on there as a lecturer, and later as a reader in chemistry, while working as a visiting research fellow at UCLA and spending three insightful years on secondment to the ICI Corporate Laboratory in Cheshire. During this time, he was awarded a DSc degree (1980) by the University of Edinburgh for his research into stereochemistry beyond the molecule. In 1990 he became chair of organic chemistry at the University of Birmingham, and in 1997 moved to UCLA to become the Winstein Professor of Chemistry in 1997. In 2002, he joined the California NanoSystems Institute as the Kavli Professor of Nanoscience, rising to director before, in 2008, joining Northwestern University as a Board of Trustees Professor and establishing a Mechanostereochemistry Group in Evanston, Illinois. In 2014, he became the Chief Technical Officer at PanaceaNano and at Cycladex, as well as being a Thousand Talent Scholar at Tianjin University in China. In 2018, he will become a Part-Time Professor of Chemistry at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Sir Fraser is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, the German Academy (Leopoldina) of Natural Sciences, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the European Academy of Sciences. He is a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
On 23 May 2013, Fraser published his 1000th scientific paper: the total count has now reached 1120. He has trained >450 graduate and postdoctoral students of which >100 have subsequently embarked on successful independent academic careers.
To learn more about the life and works of Fraser Stoddart, read about “Big and Little Meccano” in Tetrahedron 2008, 64, 8231–8263 and Mechanically Interlocked Molecules (MIMs) – Molecular Shuttles, Switches and Machines (Nobel Lecture) in the International Edition of Angewandte Chemie 2017, 56, 11094–11125.
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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He is currently the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Chemistry and leads a research group focused on the synthesis and self-assembly of multifunctional polymers. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Marc served as an associate editor for the ACS journal Macromolecules from 2008-2017 and is currently the editor-in-chief of Macromolecules. He is also the director of the Center for Sustainable Polymers headquartered at the University of Minnesota, a National Science Foundation Center for Chemical Innovation.
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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A recipient of multiple prestigious awards including the L'Oreal Women in Science National Fellowship, Asia Rising Star, Singapore National Institute of Chemistry-BASF Materials Award, Singapore National Research Foundation lnvestigatorship, Elsevier Materials in Society Lectureship, and the President's Technology Award, Professor Liu was recently elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of Singapore Academy of Engineering and Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials, in addition to invitations to serve on editorial boards of several international refereed journals.
Professor Liu is passionate about nurturing the next generation research leaders and encouraging more women to pursue careers in science and engineering. She holds 28 patents, of which 15 are licensed to companies across the US, UK and Asia, and co-founded a start-up company Luminicell to commercialize her bioprobe technology based on fluorogens with aggregation-induced emission.
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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In 2017 he was also appointed as professor at the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Tsinghua University. His research is focused on the development of new materials with outstanding properties and deals with metals, polymers, smart materials and self healing materials. He has published over 500 journal publications. He is member of the Royal Society for Science and Engineering in the Netherlands, has received an honorary doctorate from Mons University Belgium as well as various international awards from USA, Germany, Netherlands and France.
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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2017, she is director at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research heading the department “Synthesis of Macromolecules”. She has received the Otto-Hahn-Medal of the Max Planck Society, the Science Award of the city of Ulm and an ERC Synergy Grant. Her current scientific interests include the synthesis of quantum materials, customized and adaptive macromolecules for precision sensing and therapy as well as hybrid materials.
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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Tang received B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from South China University of Technology and Kyoto University, respectively. He conducted postdoctoral research at University of Toronto. He joined HKUST as an assistant professor in 1994 and was promoted to chair professor in 2008. He was elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in 2009 and 2013, respectively. Tang has published >1,200 papers. His publications have been cited >,76000 times with an h-index of 131. He has been listed by Thomson Reuters as a Highly Cited Researcher in both areas of Chemistry and Materials Science. He received the State Natural Science Award (1st Class; 2017) from Chinese Government, Scientific and Technological Progress Award from the Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation (2017) and Senior Research Fellowship from the Croucher Foundation (2007). He is now serving as Editor-in-Chief of Materials Chemistry Frontiers (RSC & CCS).
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