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Solvay Seminar Series

Spring 2022 Solvay Seminar Series

Each Fall and Spring semester, the Macromolecules Innovation Institute (MII) hosts a series of seminars from world-renowned leaders in the field of macromolecular science and engineering. The seminars are open to all VT faculty and students, with a special emphasis on engagement with the Macromolecular Science and Engineering (MACR) degree program. Invited speakers represent a hugely diverse range of polymer research backgrounds, and come from industry, academia, and government laboratories. The objective of the seminar series is to share fundamental and applied knowledge between Virginia Tech’s globally recognized polymer research community and world-class experts in relevant fields. The series is made possible by the generous support of Solvay Materials.

Please continue to check this page often, as seminar details may be updated throughout the semester! We look forward to another exciting semester of seminars.

Email to get the full meeting details, including the location (or Zoom link), if you are interested in attending!

Speaker, Institution

Seminar Title



Pengfei Cao, Oak Ridge National Laboratory "Surpass the Modulus- Extensibility Trade-off of Elastomers: Go Beyond the State-of-Art" January 26, 11:15 AM Virtual
Junpeng Wang, University of Akron "Olefin Metathesis–Based Chemically Recyclable Polymers: From Monomer Design to Material Properties" February 16, 11:15 AM In person
Maryam Shakiba, VT MII "Physics, chemistry, and mechanics-based modeling of plastics degradations" February 23, 11:15 AM In person
Xianming (Simon) Dai, University of Texas at Dallas "Macromolecules Enabled Durable Surfaces for Water and Energy Sustainability" March 30, 11:15 AM In person
Linda Hsieh-Wilson, California Institute of Technology “Using Chemistry to Unlock the Sulfation Code and Biology of Glycosaminoglycan Polysaccharides” April 13, 11:15 AM In person
Pinar Akcora, Stevens Institute of Technology "Adaptive Polymer Nanocomposites by Interfacial Design: Chemical and Dynamic Heterogeneities in Interfacial Layers"
April 27, 11:15 AM In person