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Self-Assembly & Supramolecular Chemistry (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Kinetic and Thermodynamic Understanding of Applied Supramolecular Systems


May 20-21, 2017


Les Diablerets Conference Center
Les Diablerets, Switzerland Site Information


Cassandra E. Callmann & Stefan Borsley

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this meeting was April 22, 2017. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Self-Assembly and Supramolecular Chemistry is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas. The focus of this meeting is the highly interdisciplinary fields of self-assembly and supramolecular chemistry. The aim is to bring together scientists who work on all aspects of these fields. Fundamental research on supramolecular interactions and self-assembly will be discussed.

The benefits of molecular-level understanding will be highlighted in a range of topics, including molecular machines, biohybrid supramolecular materials, supramolecular sensing and cargo delivery.

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speakers will be Nobel Laureate Sir Fraser Stoddart of Northwestern University and Professor David Leigh of the University of Manchester!

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by February 20, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Self-Assembly & Supramolecular Chemistry" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmKeynote Session: Challenges in Self-Assembly and Supramolecular Chemistry
Discussion Leader: Christopher Wood (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
3:15 pm - 3:40 pmDavid A. Leigh (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
"Ratchet Mechanisms"
3:40 pm - 3:45 pmDiscussion
3:45 pm - 3:55 pmTomoya Fukui (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan)
"Control over Differentiation of a Metastable Supramolecular Assembly in One- and Two-Dimensions"
3:55 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmBio-Inspired and Biohybrid Supramolecular Systems
Discussion Leaders: Hongjing Dou (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China) and Chao Sun (Northwestern University, USA)
5:30 pm - 5:40 pmJeena Manayath Thekkeyil (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea)
"Intra-Mitochondrial Assembly of Peptide Amphiphiles to Induce Mitochondrial Dysfunction"
5:40 pm - 5:45 pmDiscussion
5:45 pm - 5:55 pmAriel Furst (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Quantifying Hormone Disruptors with an Engineered Bacterial Biosensor"
5:55 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pm - 6:10 pmAndrea Wallace (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Synthesis of Multifunctional Silica Materials Using Bioinspired Polypeptides"
6:10 pm - 6:15 pmDiscussion
6:15 pm - 6:25 pmLawrence Valverde (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
"Characterization of Pi-Conjugated Oligopeptide Superstructures Created via Continuous Directed Self Assembly"
6:25 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:40 pmMykhailo Vybornyi (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
"Designing Mechanochemical Activity in Hybrid DNA Hydrogels Using Supramolecular Polymers and Motor Proteins"
6:40 pm - 6:45 pmDiscussion
6:45 pm - 6:55 pmJanet McMillan (Northwestern University, USA)
"Investigating the Assembly of Proteins with Tunable Bond Distributions in Nanoparticle Superlattices"
6:55 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:10 pmAmrita Sikder (Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India)
"H-Bonding Regulated Vesicular Assembly of p-Amphiphiles: Implication in Functional Group Display and Biomolecular Recognition"
7:10 pm - 7:15 pmDiscussion
7:15 pm - 7:25 pmJames Cooper (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
"Enantio-Discrimination of Organometallic Coordination Cages in Nanopores"
7:25 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amResponsive Materials: Design Through Application
Discussion Leaders: Frederik Haase (Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany) and Merry Smith (Dartmouth College, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amJi Liu (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Biomimetic Supramolecular Polymer Networks Exhibiting both Toughness and Self-Recovery"
9:10 am - 9:15 amDiscussion
9:15 am - 9:25 amMarta Tena-Solsona (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
"Molecular Assemblies Driven Far from Equilibrium by Chemical Reaction Networks"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:40 amArunava Maity (National Chemical Laboratory, CSIR, India)
"Counteranion Driven Homochiral Assembly of a Cationic C3-Symmetric Gelator Through Ion-Pair Assisted Hydrogen Bond"
9:40 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 9:55 amJihyeon Yeom (University of Michigan, USA)
"Chiral Self-Assembly of Supraparticles"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:10 amAndrea d'Aquino (Northwestern University, USA)
"Molecular Geometry and Bond-Strength Effects in Infinite Coordination Polymer Particles Bearing Weak-Link Approach Subunits"
10:10 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 am - 10:25 amAngela Grommet (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Directed Phase Transfer of a Coordination Cage and Encapsulated Cargo"
10:25 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:40 amCynthia Hong (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Conformational Selection as a Mechanism of Guest Binding in a Self-Assembled Supramolecular Host"
10:40 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 10:55 amLucas Parent (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"Micelle Assembly and Fusion: Direct Observation of the Evolution of Block Copolymer Micelles in Solution Using In Situ Liquid-Cell (LC)TEM"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmKeynote Session: Mechanically Interlocked Molecules
Discussion Leader: Pavle Troselj (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
1:30 pm - 1:40 pmLuca Catalano (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
"Engineering of Solid-State Supramolecular Rotors Through Halogen Bonding"
1:40 pm - 1:45 pmDiscussion
1:45 pm - 1:55 pmTimothy Barendt (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"Anion Recognition-Induced Molecular Motion and Sensing"
1:55 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:25 pmJ. Fraser Stoddart (Northwestern University, USA)
"Materials Beyond Cyclodextrins: Emergence Opens up a Whole New World"
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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