Past Seminars

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Prof. Ralph H. Colby
Pennsylvania State University

“Electrical and Mechanical Properties of Poly(ethylene oxide)-based Ionomers as Single Ion Conductors” 

September 22, 2006

Prof. Tim Lodge
University of Minnesota

“Self-Assembly of Multicompartment Micelles from ABC Star Copolymers”

October 20, 2006

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Prof. Dan Knauss
Colorado School of Mines

“Polymer Chemistry at the Colorado School of Mines: Branched Polymers, Polymeric Particles, Polylactides, and Iolymers by Nucleophilic A Romatic Substitution” 

April 11, 2007

Mr. Mitchell A. Katz and Dr. Chris Curfman
Needle & Rosenberg, P.C.

“Paradigms in Chemical Patent Law”

April 25, 2007

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Dr. Russ Gaudiana
Konarka Technologies, Inc.

“Prospects for Solar Energy – Organic Photovoltaics”

October 22, 2007

Dr. Don Schulz

“Polyolefins Their Role in Sustainable Development”

October 23, 2007

Dr. Anthony P. Gies
Vanderbilt University

“Obtaining MALDI Mass Spectra of Insoluble Polymers”

December 6, 2007

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Prof. Justin Barone
Virginia Tech (Biological Systems Engineering)

“Building Biopolymer Structures from Protein Building Blocks”

March 26, 2008

Prof. Paul Gatenholm
Virginia Tech (Materials Science and Engineering)

“Assembly of Polysaccharides into Innovative Biomaterials”

May 7, 2008

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Prof. Lian R. Hutchings
University of Durham

“Functional Materials Synthesised by Controlled Polymer Chemistry”

August 27, 2008

Prof. David Hercules
Vanderbilt University

“Polymer Characterization by Maldi: Some Challenges and Some Successes” and Prof. Tony Gies, Vanderbilt University

October 1, 2008

Dr. Matthew Becker

“Non-Traditional Methods for Characterizing Biomaterial Substrates” 

October 24, 2008

Dr. Joannie Chin

“Characterization of Ambient Temperature Cure Epoxy Used in Boston’s Central Artery Tunnel (“Big Dig”) Ceiling Collapse” 

November 5, 2008

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Dr. Marc T. Cicerone

“Broadband CARS Microscopy – Overview and Applications” 

June 2, 2009

Dr. Al Robertson
Cytec Canada Inc.

“Phosphonium-based Ionic Liquids”

June 12, 2009

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Dr. Nicole Moore

“The Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of a Novel Polyethylene Glycol Based Gene Delivery System” 

September 22, 2009

Dr. Jamie Messman
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

“Reactive and Functional Polymers from Vinyl Dimethyl Aziactone (VDMA)” 

September 30, 2009

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Prof. Richard Partch
Clarkson University

“Nanoparticles for Cancel and Chemical Overdose Therapies” 

March 4, 2010

Dr. Emmett Crawford
Eastman Chemical Co.

“Development of Tritan Copolyesters” 

March 31, 2010

Dr. Frank Svec
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

“The Hydrogen Fuel Alternative: Is It Real?” 

April 7, 2010

Prof. Wei Chen
Mount Holyoke College

“New Polymers for Nonfouling Applications”

April 28, 2010

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Prof. Li Jia
University of Akron

“Cobolt-Catalyzed Carbonylative Polymerization” 

September 15, 2010

Prof. Brent Sumerlin

“New Stimuli-responsive Macromolecules: Polymer-Protein Bioconjugates and “Sweet Tooth” Micelles” 

October 6, 2010

Dr. Larry Wendling

“Innovation at 3M” (MII Technical Conference)

October 12, 2010

Prof. Sungsool Wi
Virginia Tech

“Solid-State NMR Characterization of Highly Chlorine-resistant Di-sulfonated Poly(Arylene ether Sulfone) Random Copolymers for Research Osmosis Applications” 

October 18, 2010

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Prof. Sergey V. Kotomin
State Technical University, Moscow, Russia

“History and Development of Molecular Composites in the World and Russia” 

April 6, 2011

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Prof. Pedro Miguel Reis

“The Wonders of Thin Objects: Coiling Spaghetti and Pressing on Eggshells” 

August 24, 2011

Prof. Claus-Michael Lehr
Saarland University, Germany
MII/Fralin Visiting Scholar Lecture

Lecture 3: “Drug Delivery Across Biological Barriers: Intestines, Skin and Lungs – The Barrier of the Lungs” (abstract)

October 20, 2011

Lecture 2: “Drug Delivery Across Biological Barriers: Intestines, Skin and Lungs – The Skin Barrier” (abstract)

October 19, 2011

Lecture 1: “Drug Delivery Across Biological Barriers: Intestines, Skin and Lungs – The Gastrointestinal Barrier” (abstract)

October 18, 2011

Prof. Amrinder S. Nain
Virginia Tech

“STEP Polymeric Fiber Manufacturing Platform for Advanced Materials and Tissue Engineering” 

November 30, 2011

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Prof. Coray M. Colina
The Pennsylvania State University

“In-Silico: Expressway to Materials Design” 

February 15, 2012

Prof. Susie H. Pun
University of Washington

“Peptide-based Polymers for Nucleic Acid Delivery” 

April 11, 2012

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Prof. David A. Tirrell
California Institute of Technology
MII/Fralin Visiting Scholar Lecture

Lecture 3:  “Reinterpreting the Genetic Code:  From Polymers to Proteomics – Non‐Canonical Amino Acids in the Interrogation of Cellular Protein Synthesis” (abstract)

November 15, 2012

Lecture 2:  “Reinterpreting the Genetic Code:  From Polymers to Proteomics – Proteins that Nature Never Made” (abstract)

November 13, 2012

Lecture 1: “Reinterpreting the Genetic Code:  From Polymers to Proteomics – Proteins that Nature Never Made” (abstract)

November 12, 2012

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Dr. Werner K. Nielsen
Statkraft AS

“Recent Development and Future Opportunities in Osmotic Power” 

March 1, 2013

Dr. Yuichiro Otsuka
Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute

“Production of 2-pyrone-4, 6-dicarboxylic Acid as a Novel Polymer-Based Material from Low Molecular Weight lignin by Metabolic Engineering of Microbial Functions” 

April 22, 2013

Dr. Paul Foreman

“Adhesive Polymers for Transdermal and Transmucosal Drug Delivery”

April 24, 2013

Dr. Ashish Kulkarni

“I Got my PhD in……. Now What?” – Perspective on the Road Ahead” 

April 26, 2013

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Prof. Hunaid Nulwala
Carnegie Mellon University / National Energy Technology Laboratory

“Nano Phase Separated Block Copolymers for Gas Separation Membranes” 

August 6, 2013

Prof. Megan Robertson
University of Houston

“Sustainable and Biodegradable Structured Polymers”

September 4, 2013

Dr. Adam Weber

“Understanding Transport in and Properties of Nafion Across Length Scales” 

September 18, 2013

Prof. Matthew Green
University of Delaware

“Tuning Solution Assemblies of Novel Amphiphilic Block Copolymers Through Manipulation of Interfacial Interactions”  

October 4, 2013

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Prof. Joe DeSimone
University of North Carolina

“Co-opting Moore’s Law Design of Shape-specific Particulate-based Vaccines and Therapeutics”

April 4, 2014

Dr. Ad Overbeek
DSM Coating Resins

“DSM as a Life Science and Material Science Company”  

April 14, 2014

Dr. Sri Iyer
Braskem Americas

“North America Energy Transformation and its Impact on Petrochemicals” 

April 23, 2014

Dr. Nathan Ravi
Washington University School of Medicine

“Biomimetic Engineering in Ophthalmology”

May 2, 2014

Dr. Ludwik Leibler
ESPCI ParisTech
MII/Fralin Visiting Scholar Lecture

Lecture 3:  “Adhesion and Organ Repair by Nanoparticle Solutions” (abstract)

May 22, 2014

Lecture 2:  “Vitrimers:  A New Class of Materials” (abstract)

May 20, 2014

Lecture 1:  “Self-healing Rubbers, Super-Processable Plastics and Universally Dispersible Colloids from Supramolecular Assemblies” (abstract)

May 19, 2014

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Dr. Darin Dotson
Milliken Co.

“Recent Developments in Polyethylene Nucleation” 

September 10, 2014

Prof. Tim St. Pierre
The University of Western Australia

“Magnetic Materials in Medicine:  Applications in Diagnosis, Management, and Treatment of Disease”  

October 15, 2014

Prof. Andres Boydston
University of Washington

“Development of Polymer Mechanochemistry for the Release of Small Molecules”  

October 29, 2014

Prof. Ronit Bitton
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev,

“Hierarchical Structure of Multicomponent Polysaccharide-Based ECM Mimetics”

December 17, 2014

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Assoc. Professor Makoto Yoshida, Asst. Professor Ryota Kose, and Asst. Professor Nakaba Satoshi
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

“Eco-Materials Research in Japan – Applications for Nanocellulose, New Fungal Enzymes, and Physiological Control”

January 12, 2015

Prof. Lloyd Robeson
Lehigh University

Dr. Lloyd Robeson will present 6 hours of lectures on Transport Properties of Polymers. The topics will include fundamentals, structure-property relationships, gas separations, water purification, and new directions. Dr. Robeson is one of the world’s leaders in this field. MII is sponsoring the event and it is also a requirement for the MACR 5016 class.

March 26 & 27, 2015

Prof. O. Thompson Mefford
Clemson University

“Integrated Approach  for the Fabrication of Multi-functional Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticles:Particles, Polymers, and Potential”

April 1, 2015

Dr. Jed W. Pitera
IBM Reserach – Almaden

“Polymer Modeling at IBM Research – Almaden”

April 3, 2015

Dr. David M. Stepp
U.S. Army Research Office

“Materials Design: Where Do We Go from Here?”

April 20, 2015

Prof. Joe Wheeler
Virginia Tech

“The Virginia Tech FutureHAUS, A proposal for an Industrialized Architecture”

April 21, 2015

Dr. Ankit Vora
IBM Almaden Research Center

“Directed Self-assembly of Topcoat-free Polycarbonate Containing High-χ Block Copolymers”  

April 27, 2015

Dr. David Williams
Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine

“Biocompatibility Pathways” (abstract)

April 29, 2015

Dr. Charles Black
Brookhaven Nat’l Lab

“Engineering Material Properties Using Block Copolymers Self Assembly” (abstract)

May 13, 2015

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Prof. Tim Showalter
Univ. of Virginia

“Improving Precision and Comfort for Image-guide Brachytherapy: Better Delivery with Polymer Science” (abstract)

July 7, 2015

Dr. Wei Sun
Drexel University
MII/Fralin Visiting Scholar Lecture

Lecture 3: ” Effect of Bio-ink Viscosity and Printing Process on Cells” (abstract)

September 3, 2015

Lecture 2:  “3D Cell Printing for In vitro Biological Models” (abstract)

September 1, 2015

Lecture 1:  “Bio-3D Printing:  Challenges and Opportunities” (abstract)

August 31, 2015

Prof. Shengfeng Cheng
Virginia Tech

“Molecular Dynamics Modeling of Polymers” (abstract)

September 9, 2015

Dr. Gregory Kamyskowski
TA Instruments

“Practical Applications of Rheology” (abstract)

September 23, 2015

Prof. Jonathan Boreyko
Virginia Tech

“Phase-Change Systems with Dynamic Interfaces:  From Jumping Droplets to Ice Bridges” (abstract)

September 30, 2015

Prof. Jean Duhamel
University of Waterloo

“What can Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer do that Purene Excimer Fluorescence Can’t?” (abstract)

November 4, 2015

Dr. Jeff Linhardt
Google X

“Utilizing 50 year of Research to Develop Smart Contact Lenses” (abstract)

November 11, 2015

Dr. Bert Meijer
Technical University of Eindhoven, Netherlands
MII/Fralin Visiting Scholar Lecture

Lecture 3:  “Supramolecular Materials and Systems – Folded Single-Chain Polymer Nanoparticles; Towards Enzyme Mimics” (abstract)

November 20, 2015

Lecture 2:  “Supramolecular Materials and Systems – Pathway Complexity in the Self-Assembly of Conjugated Materials; Chirality as a Muse” (abstract)

November 18, 2015

Lecture 1:  “Supramolecular Materials and Systems – From Supramolecular Polymers to Functional Materials” (abstract)

November 17, 2015

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Prof. Katerina E. Aifantis
The University of Arizona

“Effects of Matrix Stiffness on Cell Adhesion and Migration”

February 3, 2016

Prof. Scott Phillips
Penn State University

“Chemical Amplification in Polymeric Materials”

February 17, 2016

Prof. Gillian Goward
McMaster University

“Characterizing Locl Synamics in PolyFluoroSulfonic Acids and Li-Ion Battery Electrolytes Using In situ Magnetic Resonance”

February 24, 2016 

Prof. Emillie (Mia) Siochi

“Nanotechnology:  From Science Fiction to Reality”

March 2, 2016 

Dr. Aswini Pradhan
Norfolk State University

“Nanotechnology for Preventative Health Care and Energy”

March 9, 2016

Prof. Zhibin Guan
Univ. of California

“Bio-inspired Design of Dynamic and Self-Healing Polymer Materials”

April 6, 2016

Prof.  Jon Pokorski
Case Western Reserve University

“Polymer Engineering with Proteins:  New Chemistry and Processing Techniques” (abstract)

April 13, 2016

Prof. Xiaoyu (Rayne) Zheng
Virginia Tech

“Polymer Engineering with Proteins:  New Chemistry and Processing Techniques” (abstract)

April 20, 2016 

Prof. Kenneth B. Wagener
University of Florida

“Raising High Density Polethylene’s Melting Point by 40˚C” (abstract)

May 4, 2016

Dr. Travis Baughman
DSM Engineering Plastics

“Materials Based on Designer Polyolefins:  From Olefin Metathesis Copolymers to UHMEPE Materials” (abstract)

May 11, 2016

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Wenbin Lin
University of Chicago

“Metal-organic Frameworks for Sustainable Catalysis and Cancer Therapy” (abstract)

September 7, 2016

Kathryn Uhrich
University of California, Riverside

“Polymeric Bioactives: Polymers from Bioactives and as Bioactives” (abstract)

October 26, 2016

Alfredo Alexander-Katz

“Blood Clotting-Inspired Polymer Physics” (abstract)

November 30, 2016

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Kermit Kwan
Solvay Specialty Polymers

“Solvay Sustainable Chemistry for the 21st Century” (abstract)

January 18, 2017

Prof. Thomas H. Epps, III
University of Delaware

“Generating Functional Materials from Nanostructured Polymers” (abstract)

February 1, 2017

Prof. Takeo Suga
Waseda University, Japan

“Controlled Radical Polymerization in Photo-curing: Temporal/Spatial Control on Evolved Gradient Nanostructures” (abstract)

February 10, 2017

Prof. Christopher Bettinger
Carnegie Mellon University

“Edible Electronics: Bioinspired Materials and Structures for Ingestible Batteries” (abstract)

February 15, 2017

Prof. Natalie Arnett
Fisk University

“Synthesis of Phosphonated Hybrid Monomers for use as Additives in Proton Exchange Membrane Polymers for Fuel Cell Applications” (abstract)

March 1, 2017

Prof. Brian Long
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

“Utilizing Coordination-Insertion Based Polymerizations for the Synthesis of Tailored Polyolefins and Gas Separation Membranes” (abstract)

March 15, 2017

Prof. Abraham Stroock
Cornell University

“From Plants to Clouds – How Nanostructured Materials Mediate Transport and Phase Behavior in the Environment” (abstract)

March 22, 2017

Prof. Christoph Weder
University of Fribourg, Adolphe Merkle Institute

“Stimuli-Responsive Supramolecular Polymer Systems” (abstract)

March 29, 2017

Prof. Jason Bara
University of Alabama

“Building Simple and Complex Polymer Materials Inspired by Ionic Liquids” (abstract)

April 12, 2017

Prof. Michael McAlpine
University of Minnesota

“3D Printing Functional Materials and Devices” (abstract)

April 19, 2017

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Prof. Serkan Ünal
Sabancı University

“High Performance Coatings, Adhesives and Structural Composites from Functional Macromolecules and Nanomaterials” (abstract)

August 14, 2017

Prof. Ting Xu
UC Berkeley

“Supramolecular Nanocomposites: A Possible Path Toward Metamaterials”

August 30, 2017

Prof. Valentin Rodionov

“Functional Surfactants and Macromolecular Architectures for Catalysis, Encapsulation, and Transport” (abstract)

September 6, 2017

Prof. Luis M. Campos
Columbia University
Student Invited Speaker

“Thiophene Rust in Single-Molecule Electronics and Singlet Fission” (abstract)

September 20, 2017

Dr. Andrew Meyer
Wyatt Technology
Special Seminar Series

“Polymers Revealed: Light Scattering Tools for Absolute Macromolecular Characterization” (abstract)

September 22, 2017

Prof. Joshua Sangoro
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

“Structural Dynamics and Ion Transport in Polymerized Ionic Liquids” (abstract)

September 27, 2017

Dr. Joannie Chin

“A Tale of Two ‘burgs : Highlights of a Journey from VT to NIST”

October 4, 2017

Dr. Jan-Michael Carrillo
Oakridge National Labs

“Coarse-grained Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Soft Matter Systems” (abstract)

October 11, 2017

Prof. Kathryn Uhrich
University of California, Riverside

“Polymeric Bioactives: Polymers from Bioactives and as Bioactives” (abstract)

October 18, 2017

Prof. Bryan Vogt
University of Akron

“Processing to Manipulate Nanostructures in Order Nanoporous Films” (abstract)

November 15, 2017

Prof. Alexander Kabanov
University of North Carolina

“Polymeric micelles for drug delivery” (abstract)

November 29, 2017

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Prof. Deb Kelly
Virginia Tech Carilion
Research Institute

"Peering into the Nanoworld Around Us" (abstract)

January 17, 2018

Prof. Alicyn Rhoades
Penn State Behrend

"Flow-Induced Crystallization Across a Broad Temperature Range" (abstract)

January 31, 2018

Prof. Dvora Perahia
Clemson University

"Ionizable Macromolecular: Where Computations Meet Neutron Scattering" (abstract)

February 7, 2018

Prof. Zhiting Tian
Virginia Tech
Mechanical Engineering

"Thermal Transport in Polymers and Hybrid Materials" (abstract)

February 14, 2018

Prof. Sam Stupp
Northwestern University

MII Technical Review Plenary Lecture: "Supramolecular Polymers and their Integration with Covalent Polymers"

MII/Fralin Visiting Scholar Lecture #2: "Linking up with Biology Using Soft Biomaterials"

MII/Fralin Visiting Scholar Lecture #3: "A New Wave of Polymers: A Spectrum of Bonding Among the Mers"

April 18, 2018

April 19, 2018

April 20, 2018

Dr. Adam Rawlett
US Army Research Lab

"Materials Research – Weapons and Materials Research Directorate – U.S. Army Research Laboratory" (abstract)

April 25, 2018

Solvay Seminars

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Prof. Julie Kornfield
California Institute of Technology

"Multiplicity of Morphologies" (abstract)

August 29, 2018

Prof. Sanat Kumar
Columbia University

"Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticle Membranes with Controllable Free-Volume" (abstract)

September 5, 2018

Prof. Jaime Grunlan
Texas A&M University

"Polymer-Based Nanocoatings for Flame Retardancy, Gas Barrier and Thermoelectric Energy Generation" (abstract)

September 26, 2018

Prof. Yan Xia
Stanford University

"Building and Breaking Macromolecular Ladders to Develop Microporous Membranes and Mechanically Responsive Polymers" (abstract)

October 3, 2018

Prof. Jeff Youngblood
Purdue University
"Nano-/Bio- Is Not an Either/Or Choice for Composites" (abstract)
October 10, 2018
Dr. Ahmet Kusoglu
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

"Chemical-Mechanical Interactions in Ion-Conductive Polymers" (abstract)

October 24, 2018

Dr. Erik Hagberg
Archer Daniels Midland

"Routes to High Performance Sustainable Materials from Carbohydrates" (abstract)
November 7, 2018

MII Special Seminars

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title


Dr. Elaine Yorkgitis
3M Automotive Aftermarket Division Laboratory

"Technical Fables: Stories of Materials R&D at 3M" (abstract)

September 10, 2018


Prof. Ronit Bitton
Ben Gurion University
"Structure-Property Relationships in Multicomponent Polysaccharide-Peptide Hydrogels" (abstract) September 12, 2018
Prof. Feihe Huang
Zhejiang University
"Nonporous Adaptive Crystals (NACs) for Separation and Adsorption" (abstract) October 19, 2018