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Three more Lecturers
The first invited speaker we would like to announce today is the director of the Sheffield Polymer Centre and Farapack Polymers (spin-out company of the University of Sheffield), Prof. Steven Armes. One of his research lines is devoted to the use of living radical polymerisation techniques to synthesise a wide range of controlled-structure, methacrylate-based water-soluble polymers. Block copolymers and their micellar self-assembly in aqueous solution are of particular interest, the principles of polymerisation-induced self-assembly (PISA) to prepare a range of diblock copolymer-based ‘nano-objects’ in concentrated aqueous solution.On the other hand, the second line is focused on the preparation of a broad range of microscopic conducting polymer-based particles, including conducting polymer-coated latexes, conducting polymer-silica nanocomposite particles and sterically-stabilised conducting polymer particles.
In the up-coming IPCG 2017 conference, his talk will be entitled “Polymerisation-induced self-assembly”.
The second speaker, coming from the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design, UNSW (Sidney, Australia), is Prof. Per Zetterlund. Prof Zetterlund's research is concerned with the synthesis of polymer, polymeric nanoparticles, as well as hybrid polymeric materials with a variety of applications ranging from materials science to nanomedicine. An important aspect of his research is the use of environmentally friendly carbon dioxide in polymer (nanoparticle) synthesis.
Specific research areas:
Kinetics/mechanisms of radical polymerization
Controlled/living radical polymerization (CLRP) and implementation in dispersed systems
Radical polymerization in aqueous dispersed systems
Synthesis of polymeric nanoparticles using CO2 based approaches
Polymerization in nanoreactors
Modeling and simulations of radical polymerization processes
His talk will be entitled “Self-assembly based techniques towards non-spherical polymer particles: From nano- to micron-scale”.
Dr. Roland Hass is the third speaker; he is head of Applied Analytical Photonics in the University of Potsdam and Managing Partner in PDW Analytics GmbH. During his academic work, Dr. Roland Hass have strongly contributed to the development of Photon Density Wave Spectroscopy as Process Analytical Technology. Specific focus during this development period was put on the analysis of disperse systems, particularly during chemical and physical processing. Besides the vast scientific background Hass is widely experienced in industrial research projects.
His talk will be about “Monitoring polymer particle growth in concentrated suspensions by Photon Density Wave spectroscopy”.