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Solvay Seminar Series

Fall 2023 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.

All seminars are held in Kelly Hall 310 and start at 11:15 a.m. on the scheduled day! 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 a member of the Virginia Tech community interested in attending!




Emily Pentzer
Texas A&M
"Polymerizations in Emulsions to Prepare Composites for Energy Management" September 13, 2023
Dhriti Nepal
"Vitrimers and Vitrimer Nanocomposites: Thermomechanical and Self-Healing Properties" September 20, 2023
Jarrett Rowlett
INEOS Styrolution
"Sustainability, Recycling, and Circularity -- Styrenics & INEOS Styrolution" October 18, 2023
Michelle Seitz
Department Of Energy
"Morphological Origins of Funny Failure Behavior of Thermoplastic Elastomers" November 1, 2023
Jacqueline Thomas
Procter & Gamble
"From Raw Materials to Consumer Goods Products -- Highlights of Soft Materials Research Leveraging NMR" November 8, 2023
Jiangtao Cheng
"Phase Change-Induced Liquid Droplet Actuations on Structured Surfaces -- Applications in Colloaidal Manipulations" November 29, 2023