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Functional Polymers


Following on in the tradition of events jointly organized by the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC, San Sebastian, Spain), the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany) and the European Network of Excellence SoftComp, a workshop on "Functional Polymers" is being organized to take place in spring 2018 in San Sebastian, Spain.

The workshop focuses on advanced polymer materials bringing together physicists and chemists who are interested in novel polymer nanocomposites, polymers functionalized with supramolecular groups and functional soft nano-objects:

(i) Single chain nanoparticles (SCNPs) display a molecular architecture containing multiple locally compact, but accessible, sites/cavities/zones so-called "local pockets" offering the possibility to anchor, either temporally or permanently, active species like e.g. catalysts or drugs. This offers huge possibilities for developing applications in nanomedicine, biosensing, bioimaging, catalysis and many other uses.

(ii) One component nanocomposites (OCNC) overcome the dispersion challenge and are expected to display structure-related ‘emergent’ properties that make them unique within the general field of nanocomposites (NC). OCNC have been proposed for energy storage in supercapacitors; for precise manufacturing of tunable hypersonic photonic crystals, as particle-brush building blocks for self-healing materials and biomedical polypeptide-based hybrids for drug carriers or building blocks for tissue engineering.

(iii) Supramolecular polymers form an emerging class of polymers that offer superior properties compared to their non-associating counterparts. Supramolecular linkers introduce additional functionality such as self-healing, responsiveness, directed self-assembly or self-organization.

A combination of OCNC or SCNP with such supramolecular moieties may open routes to novel advanced materials featuring the advantages of supramolecular systems and the properties of the novel nanocomposites. Designing such materials is a highly interdisciplinary process and requires synergies of physics and chemistry as well as of microscopic and macroscopic investigations.

In this context, oral as well as poster presentations are welcome.

Confirmed Invited speakers:

(i) Single chain nanoparticles:

Alfredo Alexander-Katz, MIT, Boston, USA
Juan Colmenero, DIPC and Materials Physics Center, San Sebastian, Spain
Mark Dadmun, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
Gabriel Lemcoff, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel
Jens-Uwe Sommer, Leibnitz Institut Polymer Research, Dresden, Germany

(ii) One component nanocomposites:

Anna Christina Balazs, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA
Michael R. Bockstaller, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA
Sanat K. Kumar, Colombia University, New York, USA
Dieter Richter, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
Dimitris Vlassopoulos, FORTH, Heraklion, Greece

(iii) Supramolecular polymers:

Mitchell Anthamatten, University of Rochester, Rochester, USA
Wolfgang Binder, Martin Luther University , Halle, Germany
Wim Pyckhout-Hintzen, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
Michael Rubinstein, University of North Carolina, Chapell Hill, USA
Rent Shijbesma, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Zuowei Wang, University of Reading, Reading, UK


More information is available on the workshop web page:

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