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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 the 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 Colloidal Manipulations and Additive Manufacturing” January 24, 2024
     Bob Lambeth         Army Research Office "ARO Polymer Chemistry Program Overview" January 31, 2024
Eleftheria Roumeli
University of Washington
“Towards Sustainable Materials from Biological Matter: Leveraging Macromolecular Composition, Bonding Motifs and Hierarchical Structure to Tailor Mechanical Performance” February 7, 2024
Tien Duong
Department of  Energy       
“Lithium-ion Battery Technologies for Vehicle Applications” February 28, 2024
      Rachel Letteri             UVA       "Leveraging Stereochemistry-Directed Assembly to Engineer Tissue-Mimetic Materials" April 10, 2024





Jia Niu
Boston College
"Polymer Chemistry Inspired Approaches to Polysaccharides and Glycomimetics for Material and Biological Discoveries" September 7, 2022
Nicholas Rorrer
"Towards a Better Steel Replacement: Biomass Enabled Performance Advantages for Thermoset Applications" September 14, 2022
Soledad Peresin
Auburn University
"Creating new market opportunities from biomass. An overview of nanocellulose and surface science research at Auburn University" September 28, 2022
Sheldon Shi
University of North Texas
“Functional biocomposites from nanoparticle impregnation of natural fiber” October 5, 2022
Lisa Hall
Ohio State University
"Coarse-Grained Modeling of Ion Transport in Solid Polymer Electrolytes" October 12, 2022
Jennifer Russell
VT Sustainable Biomaterials
“Sustainable Future Plastics through Material and Systems Innovation” October 19, 2022
Allan Guymon
University of Iowa
“Controlled Micro- and Nanostructure through Photopolymerization” November 9, 2022




Lou Madsen
“Advanced Energy Storage Solutions Incorporating a Rigid and Charged Double Helical Polyamide” February 1, 2023
John Brantley
"Exploring New Platforms and Methods for Soft Polymer Editing" March 22, 2023
Jay Park
“Engineering Polymer Physics and Processing for Advanced Materials – Fibers and 3d Printing” April 5, 2023
Giles Dillingham
Brighton Science       
“Adhesion science: Searching for quantitative relationships between surfacefunctional group concentration, surface energy, and adhesion” April 19, 2023
Paula Diaconescu        UCLA “Redox switchable polymerization” April 26, 2023




Edwin Chan

"Impulsive Deformation and Puncture of Soft Materials"

September 8, 2021

Christoph Schick
University of Rostock, Germany
"Polymer crystallization and nucleation: New insights from fast scanning calorimetry" September 15, 2021

Stefan Mecking
University of Konstanz, Germany

"Catalytic Routes to Main-Chain Functionalized Polyolefins from Plant Oils for Closed Loop Recycling and Degradability" September 29, 2021
Michael Schulz
"Interactive Materials for Environmental and Biological Applications" October 27, 2021
Frank Leibfarth
University of North Carolina
"Modern Approaches to Functional and Sustainable Thermoplastics" November 3, 2021
Blake Johnson
"High-throughput Characterization of Hydrogel Rheological Properties and Sol-Gel Phase Transitions" November 10, 2021
LaShanda Korley
University of Delaware
"Bio-inspired and Sustainable Design: Towards Functional Materials" December 1, 2021




Pengfei Cao
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
"Surpass the Modulus- Extensibility Trade-off of Elastomers: Go Beyond the State-of-Art" January 26, 2022
Junpeng Wang
University of Akron
"Olefin Metathesis–Based Chemically Recyclable Polymers: From Monomer Design to Material Properties" February 16, 2022
Maryam Shakiba
"Physics, chemistry, and mechanics-based modeling of plastics degradations" February 23, 2022
Xianming Dai
University of Texas at Dallas
"Macromolecules Enabled Durable Surfaces for Water and Energy Sustainability" March 30, 2022
Linda Hsieh-Wilson
California Institute of Technology
“Using Chemistry to Unlock the Sulfation Code and Biology of Glycosaminoglycan Polysaccharides” April 13, 2022
Pinar Akcora
Stevens Institute of Technology
"Adaptive Polymer Nanocomposites by Interfacial Design: Chemical and Dynamic Heterogeneities in Interfacial Layers"
April 27, 2022




Prof. Bruno Ameduri
Institut Charles Gerhardt
Research Director

"Challenges and Issues of Fluoropolymers "

September 3, 2020

Dr. Stefanie Feih
Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology
Senior Scientist III
"Advanced Lightweighting Solutions: Synergy of CFRP and 3D-Printed and Metallic Structures" September 10, 2020

Prof. Chad Ulven
North Dakota State University
Professor, Mechanical Engineering

"Sustainability and Durability of Natural Fiber Composites" September 24, 2020
Prof. Enrique Gomez
Penn State University
Professor, Chemical Engineering
"Pushing the limits of electron microscopy of polymers" October 8, 2020
Dr. Ellen C. Lee
Ford Motor Company
Technical Leader, Additive Manufacturing
"Driving Towards Scaled Production with Additive Manufacturing" October 29, 2020
Prof. Anthony Ryan
University of Sheffield
Professor, Physical Chemistry
"Making Science Work for Refugees and Refugees Work for Science" November 19, 2020
Prof. Stefanie Sydlik
Carnegie Mellon University
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
"Polymers and functional graphenic materials as stem cell instructive scaffolds for bone regeneration" December 3, 2020




Prof. Guihua Yu
University of Texas at Austin

"Multifunctional Hydrogels for Sustainable Energy and Environment"

January 27, 2021

Prof. Susannah Scott
University of California, Santa Barbara
"Catalytic conversion of polyethylene to long-chain alkylaromatics" February 3, 2021

Dr. Tanja Weil
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

"Supramolecular nanostructures to control material-cell interactions" February 17, 2021
Prof. Leila Deravi
Northeastern University
"Protein-integrated Electronics: From Molecules to Machines" February 24, 2021
Prof. Mesfin Tsige
University of Akron
"Morphology and Dynamics of Polymers at Surfaces and Interfaces" March 24, 2021
Emiliano Bedini
University of Naples, Italy
"Regioselectively sulfated polysaccharides" March 31, 2021
Prof. Seth Cohen
University of California, San Diego
"MOF-Polymer Hybrids - At the Interface of New Materials" April 21, 2021
Prof. Maurizio Porfiri
New York University
"Modeling ionic polymer metal composites: where we are and where we should be" April 28, 2021


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Prof. Ximin He
Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

"Bioinspired Adaptive Materials based on Smart Hydrogels: Sensing, Solar Harvesting, and Soft Robotics"

September 4, 2019

Prof. Nick Stephanopoulos
Arizona State University
Assistant Professor,  School of Molecular Sciences and the Biodesign Institute’s Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics
"Hybrid Self-Assembled Nanomaterials from Proteins, Peptides, and DNA" September 11, 2019

Prof. Jacinta Conrad
University of Houston
Frank M Tiller Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

"Transport of Nanoparticles through Complex, Crowded Fluids" September 18, 2019
Prof. Rebekka Klausen
Johns Hopkins University
Associate Professor, Chemistry
"Building Block Strategies to Functional Polymers" September 25, 2019
Prof. Michael Bartlett
Iowa State University
Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
"Multifunctional Soft Materials for Electronics and Adhesives" October 2, 2019
Prof. An-Chang Shi
McMaster University
Professor, Physics and Astronomy
"Non-Classical Ordered Phases of Block Copolymers" October 9, 2019
Prof. Stuart Rowan
University of Chicago
Barry L. MacLean Professor for Molecular Engineering Innovation and Enterprise
"Design and Synthesis of Adaptive Polymeric Materials" October 30, 2019
Prof. Michael Bortner
Virginia Tech
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
"Additive Manufacturing of Moisture Responsive Cellulose Nanocrystal Polymer Composites" December 4, 2019


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Prof. Brett Compton
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

"Understanding Print Stability in Material Extrusion Additive Manufacturing of Thermoset Composites"

February 5, 2020

Prof. Qingguo Xu
Virginia Commonwealth University
Blick Scholar Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics, Ophthalmology, Massey Cancer Center, and the Center for Pharmaceutical Engineering
"Long-Lasting Polymeric Nanotherapeutics for the Treatment of Eye Diseases" February 12, 2020

Prof. Tim White
University of Colorado Boulder
Gallogly Professor of Engineering, Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering

"Enabling Functional Outcomes by Programming the Responsivity of Liquid Crystalline Polymer Networks and Elastomers" February 26, 2020

Solvay Seminars


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Prof. Julie Kornfield
California Institute of Technology
Professor, Chemical Engineering

"Multiplicity of Morphologies" (abstract)

August 29, 2018

Prof. Sanat Kumar
Columbia University
Bykhovsky Professor of Chemical Engineering
"Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticle Membranes with Controllable Free-Volume" (abstract)

September 5, 2018

Prof. Jaime Grunlan
Texas A&M University
Linda & Ralph Schmidt '68 Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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

September 26, 2018

Prof. Yan Xia
Stanford University
Assistant Professor, Chemistry

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

October 3, 2018

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

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

October 24, 2018

Dr. Erik Hagberg
Archer Daniels Midland
Technical Director, Process Chemistry and Sustainable Materials

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

MII Special Seminars


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Dr. Elaine Yorkgitis
Division Scientist, 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
Changjiang Scholar Chair Professor, Chemistry
"Nonporous Adaptive Crystals (NACs) for Separation and Adsorption" (abstract) October 19, 2018

Solvay Seminars


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Prof. Rana Ashkar
Virginia Tech
Assistant Professor, Physics

"It's all about the Interface: Neutron Scattering Insights into Polymer Nanocomposites"

January 30, 2019

Prof. Athanassios Z. Panagiotopoulos
Princeton University
Susan Dod Brown Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering

"Stratification and Crystallization in Drying Colloidal Suspensions"

February 27, 2019

Prof. Gareth McKinley
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
School of Engineering Professor of Teaching Innovation, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

"Fog, Feathers and Fluid Friction Reduction using Omniphobic Surfaces: Biomimetic Inspiration and Engineering Realization"

March 20, 2019

Prof. Justin Kennemur
Florida State University
Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Leveraging Equilibrium Polymerization Thermodynamics to Produce New Materials from Stubborn Monomers” 

March 27, 2019

Prof. Gary Hamed
University of Akron
Professor Emeritus, Polymer Science

The Discovery of Carbon Black / Natural Rubber Vulcanizates for Automobile and Truck Tires and the Mechanism for the Exceptionally High Tear Strength of these Nanocomposites” 

April 3, 2019

Prof. Nenad Miljkovic
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering
"Experimental Insights into the Fundamental Mechanisms and Limits of Dropwise Condensation"
April 17, 2019
Dr. Todd Alam
Sandia National Laboratories
Principal Research and Development Materials Scientist
"Molecular Level Details of Dynamics, Domain Structure and Transport in Polymers Using NMR Spectroscopy"
April 24, 2019


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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

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

April 6, 2011


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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