The following speakers are among those that will give invited lectures at the symposium:
Jian Ping Gong
Hokkaido University, Japan
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
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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.
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