University of Florida, Gainesville
Center for Macromolecular Science and Engineering - University of Florida Polymer Science Program

Past Speakers

Speaker Series



Seminar Title

October 20, 2017 Dr. Kurt Olson
Corporate Research Fellow PPG Industries
Visitor to the UF POLY/PMSE chapter
September 28, 2017 Dr. Rigoberto Advincula
Case Western Reserve University
Organic Division Graduate Seminar
August 17, 2017 Dr. Kotaro Satoh
Nagoya University
Organic Division Graduate Seminar
February 21, 2017 Dr. John Matson
Virginia Tech
Organic Division Graduate Seminar
February 16, 2017 Dr. Tanja Weil
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
Organic Division Graduate Seminar
January 27, 2017 Dr. Martin Schwentenwein
Lithoz GmbH
Visitor to the UF POLY/PMSE chapter
May 20, 2016 Dr. Jeffery Pyun
University of Arizona
Visitor to the UF POLY/PMSE chapter
Aug 2015 - Feb 2016 Dr. Robert Waymouth
Stanford University
"Catalysis: The Enabling Science for Polymer Chemistry"
September 22, 2015 Dr. Nicole Zacharia
University of Akron
Modulating Supramolecular Interactions in Polyelectrolyte Multilayers
October 16, 2014 Dr. Kevin Cavicchi
University of Akron
Visitor to Chemistry
July 14-15, 2014 Dr. Deyue Yan
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
"Polymer Chemistry and Physics"
May 15-16, 2014 Dr. Emily Pentzer
Case Western Reserve University
Visitor to the UF POLY/PMSE chapter
March 26-28, 2014 Dr. Sankaran Thayumanavan
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Preeminence Speaker
March 12-14, 2014 Dr. Thomas H Epps, III
University of Delaware
Preeminence Speaker
February 23-25, 2014 Dr. Nathan C. Gianneschi
UC San Diego
Preeminence Speaker
February 19-22, 2014 Dr. Daniel Savin
University of Southern Mississippi
Preeminence Speaker
February 13-14, 2014 Dr. Michael Buchmeiser
University of Stuttgart, Germany
"Contributions of Olefin Metathesis to Material Science" and "CO2- and Metal-Protected N-Heterocyclic Carbenes as Truly Latent Catalysts in Polymerization (Organo-) Catalysis"
November 21, 2013 Dr. Kathryn Beers
Visitor to the UF POLY/PMSE chapter
May 24, 2013 Dr. Andrew Dove
University of Warwick
"Degradable biomaterials and sustainable polymers"
May 20-21, 2013 Dr. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski
Carnegie Mellon University
"Tempering Radicals Behavior in Controlled Radical Polymerization" and "Hybrid and Nanostructured Materials by Macromolecular Engineering using ATRP"
April 25, 2013 Dr. Todd Emrick
University of Massachusetts Amherst
"New Functional Synthetic Polymers and Nanostructured Materials"
March 15, 2013 Dr. Michael Fevola
Johnson & Johnson
Visitor to the UF POLY/PMSE chapter
January 15-16, 2013 Dr. Timothy Swager
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Synthesis of Polycyclic Aromatics for use as High Performance Electronic Materials" and "Molecular Electronics for Chemical Sensors"
April 9, 2012 Dr. Hans Spiess
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
"Magnetic Resonance Studies of Nanostructured Functional Systems"
December 1, 2011 Dr. Kurt Kremer
Director, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
"Topological Constraints Matter: Elastomers , Collapsed Polymer Globules, Chromosome Territories"
July 15, 2011 Takashi Ishizone
Tokyo Institute of Technology
"Living anionic polymerization of exo-methylene monomers"
June 20, 2011 Dr. Brent Sumerlin
Southern Methodist University
"Stimuli-responsive macromolecules: Polymer-protein conjugates and sugar-responsive micelles"
March 14-March 15, 2011 Dieter Schluter
ETH Switzerland
"Polymers Going Rigid and Thick" and "Polymers Going Laterally Infinite"
January 20, 2011 John Tovar
Johns Hopkins University
"Topological and Supramolecular Considerations for Organic (Bio)Electronics"
October 5-October 28 2010 Karen Wooley
Texas A&M University
"Retrosynthetic Analyses of Increasingly Complex Macromolecular Structures"
July 12, 2010 Kalina Peneva
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
"Simplicity: A Key Feature of Bio-Hybrid Materials Design"
July 12, 2010 Seth Marder
Georgia Tech
"Development of Chromophores for Third-Order Nonlinear Optics"
April 1-2, 2010 Dr. Katharina Landfester
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research Mainz, Germany
"Functional nanostructured particles obtained by the miniemulsion process" and "From particles to complex nanocapsules for materials science"

Speaker Series



Seminar Title

June 29, 2009 Susana Liberman
"Morphology of Heterophasic Propylene Copolymers"
June 14-June 15, 2009 Yoshiki Chujo
Kyoto University
"Organic-Inorganic Polymer Nano-Hybrids Based on Sol-Gel Reaction"
March 30-April 3, 2009 Rene Janssen
Eindhoven University of Technology
Polymer Solar Cells: (3 seminars)
"Principles and Challenges"
"New Materials for Polymer Solar Cells"
"Nanoscale Morphology in Polymer Solar Cells and New Device Architectures"
March 20, 2009 John Brauman
"Jackson Lecturer: Chemistry: Past, Present, and Future"
March 17, 2009 Jerzy Klosin
Dow Chemical
"Production of Polyolefins via Homogeneous Catalysis"
January 21-23, 2009 Ned Thomas
"Periodic Polymers via Interference Lithography for Photonics, Phononics and Mechanics"
November 19, 2008 Jeffrey Long
Naval Research Laboratory
"Multifunctional 3D Nanoarchitectures for Energy Storage and Conversion"
October 31, 2008 Gregory Tew
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
"Chemically Rich Macromolecules: Biomimetics to Advanced Materials"
October 14, 2008 Chris Ober
"Polymer Brushes as Responsive Materials for the Biology-Material Interface"
May 5, 2008 Richard Turner
Virginia Tech
"Alternating Copolymerization of Substituted Stilbenes to New Precisely Functionalized Polymers and Modified Polysulfones for Enhanced Performance"
April 14-15, 2008 Markus Klapper and Dilyana Markova
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
"Synthesis of Nanofunctional Materials in Non-Aqueous Emulsions (Klapper)"

"Phosphonic Acid Based Proton Conductors for PEMFC (Markova)"
March 28, 2008 Klaus Poerschke
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
"Plastic Crystals in Organometallic Chemistry"

Mar 17 and 18, 2008

Anna Kohler
Universitat Bayreuth

"Controlling Exciton Diffusion for white light Emission (Physics)

Interchain Interactions in Organic Semiconductors (Chemistry)"

Jan. - Feb., 2008

Professor Tobin Marks
Northwestern University

"Single-Site Olefin Polymerization Catalysis"
"Tuning Catalyst Nuclearity and Ion-Pairing Effects to Produce New Polymer Microstructures and Architectures"
"How Low Can You Go in the Periodic Table? Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis With f-Elements "
"Introduction to Polymer Electronic Structure and Opto-Electronics"
"Organic Electro-Optics and Photonics"
"Interface Engineering and Consequences for Organic and Polymer Light-Emitting Diodes"
"Interface Engineering and Consequences for Organic Solar Energy Conversion"
"Materials for Complementary Organic Printed Electronics, Semiconductors, and Dielectrics"
"Materials for Unconventional Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Electronics"
"Soft Matter-Hard Matter Interfaces in Opto-Electronics. The Unique Properties of Transparent Conducting Oxides"

Jan. 2008

Dr. Jeff Moore
University of Illinois

"Stress-Activated Reactions in Polymeric Materials"

Jan. 2008

Dr. Eric Moskala
Eastman Chemical Company

"New Devlopments in Specialty Copolysters at Eastman Chemical Company"

Jan. 2008

Dr. Harry Gibson
Virginia Technical Institute

"Supramolecular Self-Assembly of Polymeric Systems"

Nov. 2007

Dr. Shiro Kobayashi
Kyoto Institute of Technology

"Enzymatic Polymerization of Technology"

Oct. 2007

Dr. Ken Wynne
Virginia Commonwealth University

"Polyoxetane and Poly(co-oxetanes): Unexpected and Unprecedented Surface Science"

Oct. 2007

Dr. Klaus Muellen
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

"Organic and Inorganic Functional Nanoparticles"

Feb. 2007

Dr. Karen Winey
University of Pennsylvania

"Uncovering the Morphological Diversity In Acid-Containing and Ion-Containing Polymers"

Feb. 2007

Dr. Rufina Alamo
Florida State University

"Crystallization of Poly(propylenes) : The Role of Chain Microstructure"

Dec. 2006

Dr. Stephen Craig
Duke University

"Controlling and Probing the Mechanochemistry of Single Molecules, Interfaces, and Polymeric Materials"

Oct. 2006

Dr. Jeff Moore
University of Illinois

"Mechanochemical Triggers for Self-Reinforcing Polymers"

Aug. 2006

Dr. Masashi Shiotsuki
Kyoto University

"Mechanistic Studies of Platinum-Catalyzed Ethylene Dimerization via Isolable Intermediates"

Apr. 2006

Dr. Karen Wooley
Washington University

"Nano-Objects and Nanostructured Materials"

Apr. 2006

Dr. Al Tonelli
North Carolina State University

"Nanostructuring Polymers with Cyclodextrins"

Jan. - Feb., 2006

Prof. Klaus Müllen
Director, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

"Dyes and Pigments - The Fascination and Function of Color"
"Conjugated Polyphenylenes as Blue Light Emitters"
"Functional Nanoparticles by Methods of Emulsion Polymerization"
"Supported Catalysts for Polyolefin Synthesis"
"Polyphenylene Dendrimers as Shape-Persistent Functional Nanoparticles"
"Nanographenes - From Benzene to Optoelectronics"
"Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy and Single Molecule Function"
"Carbon Particles - The Chemist's Approach"
"From MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry to Soft Landing for Electronics"
"Biosynthetic Hybrid Structures"

Feb. 2006

Dr. Charles McCormick
University of Southern Mississippi

"Synthesis of Precisely Controlled Stimuli-Responsive Block Copolymers via RAFT : Opportunities for Self-Assembly in Aqueous Media"

Jan. 2006

Dr. Mark Watson
University of Kentucky

"Organic Electronic Materials Built from Arene/Perfluoroarene Units"

Apr. 2005

Dr. Yuki Iseki
Sumitomo Company, Japan

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Apr. 2005

Dr. Masayoshi Tabata
Hokkaido University

"Super pi Conjugated Aromatic Polyacetylene as a Novel Nano Colorent Materials Prepared with Rh Complex Catalyst"

Mar. 2005

Dr. Ullrich Scherf
Bergische Universitaet ( Germany )

"Structural Design Towards Tuneable Electronic Properties of semiconducting polymers"

Feb. 2005

Dr. Jim Tour
Rice University

"Carbon Nanotube : Functionalization and Composites"

Jan. 2005

Dr. Choon Do
Sunchon National University

"Polyrotaxanes Containing Cucurbiturils as Beads"

Oct. - Nov., 2003

Prof. Edwin L. "Ned" Thomas
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Block Copolymers: Amazing Self Assembling Stuff"
"Influence of Chain Architecture on Microdomain Characteristics"
"Liquid Crystalline Block Copolymers"
"Semicrystalline Block Copolymers"
"Order and Defects"
"Block Copolymer-Homopolymer Blends"
"Block Copolymer Based Photonic Crystals"
"Block Copolymer-Nanoparticle Composites"
"Top-Down meets Bottom-Up"
"Enabling Nanotechnologies with Block Polymers"

Oct. 2003

Dr. Gregory Sotzing
University of Connecticut

"Novel Conductive Polymers for Electro-optic Applications and Patterning via Oxidative Solid-State Crosslinking"

Sept. - Nov., 2002

Prof. David Tirrell
California Institute of Technology

"Bridging the Gap between Natural and Synthetic Polymers"
"Building Proteins from Non-Natural Amino Acids"
"Site-Specific Insertion of Non-Natural Amino Acids into Proteins"
"Chemical Routes to Proteins and Protein-like Macromolecules"
"Engineering the Viscoelastic Properties of Protein Solutions and Gels"
"Macromolecular Self-Assembly"
"Polymers in Tissue Engineering"
"Artificial Extracellular Matrix Proteins"
"Materials for Array Technologies"
"Synthetic Biology"

Oct. - Nov., 2000

Prof. Jean M.J. Fréchet
University of California , Berkeley

"Functional polymers: a general introduction"
"Dendrimers: design, synthesis, and properties"
"Living polymerization and the control of macromolecular architecture"
"Towards photosynthesis with macromolecules"
"Hyperbranched polymers"
"Combinatorial chemistry: from materials to polymers"
"Polymers in therapeutics"
"Polymeric imaging materials: the concepts"
"Polymeric imaging materials: the state of the art"
"Polymers in separation and molecular recognition"

Mar. - Apr., 1999

Professor Gerhard Wegner
Director, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

" Solid State Polymerization - General Principles."
"Mechanistic Aspects of Solid State Polymerization"
"Chain Stiffness as Structural Principle: From Onsager's Needle Gas to High Strength Fibers"
"Hairy-Rod Macromolecules"
"Mono- and Multilayered Architectures of Hairy-Rod Macromolecules"
"Devices and Functional Architectures of Hairy-Rod Macromolecules"
"Polymers in the State of Polarization: Electrets"
"Synthesis and Structure of Ionenes: The Solid State Structure of Macromolecular Salts"
"Ion Transport in Polymeric Systems"
"The Origin of Metal-like Conductivity in Polymers"
"Amphiphilic Block Copolymers as Interactive Materials"

Dupont Polymer Seminar Series



Seminar Title

Oct. 23, 2002

Prof. Yves Gnanou
Université Bordeaux I

"Macromolecular Engineering Using Nitroxide-Mediated Polymerization"

Oct. 28, 2002

Prof. Jim McGrath
Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University

"Polymeric Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) Nanocomposites for Fuel Cells via Direct Polycondensation"

Dec. 10, 2002

Prof. Emil J.W. List
Graz University

"On the Origin of Green Emission in Poly-phenylene Based Conjugated Polymers"

Dec. 19, 2002

Prof. Michael McGehee
Stanford University

"Using Rare Earth Complexes and Grating Couplers to Obtain Spectrally Sharp and Directional Emission"

Dec. 20, 2002

Dr. Stefan Schiller
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

"Tethered Model Membranes"

Jan. 13, 2003

Prof. Frank Bates
University of Minnesota

"Block Copolymers: Designer Soft Materials"

Jan. 20, 2003

Prof. Naomi Halas
Rice University

"Plasmonic Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications"

Feb. 10, 2003

Prof. Tom McCarthy
University of Massachusetts

"A New Look at Wettability: Factors that Lead to Ultrahydrophobic and Ultralyophobic Surfaces"

Mar. 28, 2003

Prof. Wolfgang Knoll
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

"Biofunctional Supramolecular Interfacial Architectures"

Dupont Polymer Seminar Series



Seminar Title

Jul. 30, 2001

Prof. Sergei Sheyko
University of North Carolina

"Exploring Single Molecules Using Scanning Force Microscopy (SFM)"

Sept. 6, 2001

Prof. David Curtis
University of Michigan

"Morphology and Electronic Structure of Bithizole-Containing Conjugated Polymers and Oligomers"

Oct. 21, 2001

Prof. Dennis Smith
Clemson University

"Cyclopolymerization of Tetraynes and Fluoro-Olefins"

Nov. 9, 2001

Prof. Marc Hillmyer
University of Munnesota

"Polyactide Block Copolymers: New Composite Materials and Nanostructure Templates"

Dec. 18, 2001

Prof. Joseph DeSimone
University of North Caorlina- CH

"Supercritical CO2 Technology as a Platform for Chemical Synthesis and Processing of Materials"

Mar. 12, 2002

Prof. Cassandra L. Fraser
University of Virginia

"Polymeric Metal Complexes: Synthesis, Responsive Properties and Nanoscale Assemblies"

Apr. 3, 2002

Apr. 5, 2002

Prof. Pierre Audebert
Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan
Indian Institute of Science

"Electrochemical Probing of Sol-Gel Chemistry"

"New Electroactie and NLO Polymers"

Apr. 23, 2002

Dr. Craig Hawker

"Studies at the Interface of Organic and Polymer Chemistry- Application to Advanced Microelectronic and Storage Devices"

Apr. 30, 2002

Prof. Geoff Coates
Cornell University

"Synthetic Polymers from Nature: New Catalysts for the Synthesis of Biodegradable Polymers from Renewable Resources"

May 8, 2002

Prof. Robert Waymouth
Stanford University

"Multi-Site Catalysts for the Synthesis of Novel Olefin Copolymers"

Eastman Polymer Seminar Series



Seminar Title

Jul. 21, 2000

Dr. M. Vert
University of Montpellier


"Enzyme-like Nanosized Catalytic Systems Based on Intelligent Synthetic Polymers

Aug. 18, 2000

Dr. Mitsuo Sawamoto
Kyoto University

"Recent Advances in Transition Metal-Catalyzed Radical Living Polymerizations and Precision Polymer Synthesis Therapy"

Sep. 1, 2000

Dr. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski Carnegie Mellon University

"Mechanistic and Synthetic Aspects of Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization"

Oct. 13, 2000

Dr. Joseph DeSimone University of North Caroline-CH

"The CO2 Technology Platform: From Polymer Synthesis to Coatings for Microelectronics"

Nov. 9, 2000

Dr. Brian Benicewicz Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

"Recent Advances in RAFT Polyermization

Dec. 12, 2000

Dr. Dieter Schlueter Freie Universitat Berlin

"Dendronized Polymers: Synthesis and Behavior at Interface"

Dec. 18, 2000

Dr. R. K. Ramakrishnan Indian Institute of Science

"Study of Odd-Even Oscillations of Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) Efficiencies in Twin NLO Chromophores"

Jan. 19, 2001

Dr. Charles Spangler Montana State University

"Design Synthesis and Characterization of New Dendritic Materials for Photonic Applications"

Feb. 19, 2001

Dr. James Mark University of Cincinnati

"Overview of Rubber-like Elasticity: Historical Aspects, Status, Projections, etc."

Mar. 2, 2001

Dr. Curtis Frank Stanford University

"Interfacial Physics and Chemistry of Perfluoropolyether Hard-Disk Lubricants"

Mar. 23, 2001

Dr. Lloyd Robeson Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

"Membrane Separations: Overview of the Technology and Discussions of Key Technical Developments"

Apr. 13, 2001

Dr. Richard Stein University of Massachusetts Amherst

"Scattering Studies of the Crystallization of Polyolefins and Their Blends"

May 15, 2001

Dr. A. S. Abhiraman Georgia Institute of Technology

"Solid-State Polymerization: Facilitating Mechanism, Kinetics and Morphological Consequences"

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