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Polymer Physics
June 29 - July 4, 2008
Salve Regina University
Newport, RI
Chair:
Jane E. Lipson

Vice Chair:
Karen I. Winey

Polymer Physics comes of age! The 21st Polymer Physics Gordon Conference will take place at Salve Regina in Newport, RI the week of June 29th - July 4th, 2008. This conference, which began in 1969, has remained a key meeting in the area of polymer physics throughout its existence by ensuring that each program is filled with top speakers presenting their most interesting current results in areas both new and enduring. The 2008 conference will combine breadth and depth, with talks by experimentalists and theoreticians representing academia, national labs, and industry. Session topics are expected to include: structure and function of biopolymers, new problems involving the glass transition, polymer crystallization, simulation of equilibrium and non-equilibrium properties, ion-containing systems, unresolved issues in rheology and phase separation, and thin films and interfaces. A diverse group of national and international speakers and session chairs is being assembled and we anticipate a very lively gathering at Salve Regina this summer.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 11:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff and Conference Chair
7:45 pm - 9:30 pm POLYMER CRYSTALLIZATION
Discussion Leader: Amalie Frischknecht (Sandia National Labs)
7:45 pm - 8:25 pmEric Sirota (ExxonMobil Research and Engineering)
"Polymer crystallization"
8:25 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:20 pmPeter Olmsted (University of Leeds)
"Polymer crystallization in flow"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pmChair’s Reception (Honouring the Late Walter Stockmayer)
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS
Discussion Leader: Ramanan Krishnamoorti (University of Houston)
9:00 am - 9:45 amMichael Roland (Naval Research Laboratory)
"Nanoreinforcement of polymers and the glass transition"
9:45 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break / Group Photo (10:15 am)
10:30 am - 11:15 amStephen Hahn (Dow)
"Designing Fully Hydrogenated, Styrene Based Block Copolymers"
11:15 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pmKaren Winey (Penn)
"Polymer Diffusion in Polymer Nanocomposites"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm POLYMERIC THIN FILMS
Discussion Leader: Connie Roth (Emory)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmAlfred Crosby (University of Massachussetts)
"Lessons from a Fingerprint, Literally"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pmPeter Green (University of Michigan)
"Dynamics and glass transition of polymer-nanoparticle thin film systems"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm POLYMERS UNDER STRESS
Discussion Leader: Jutta Luettmer-Strathmann (University of Akron)
9:00 am - 9:45 amVlasis Mavrantzas (University of Patras)
"Atomistic Monte Carlo methodology for generating realistic flows of polymers guided by principles of non-equilibrium thermodynamics"
9:45 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amWilliam Graessley (Princeton)
"Molecular Aspects of Polymer Rheology"
11:15 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Scott Milner (Penn State)
"A New Look at Stress Relaxation in Melts of Unlinked Rings"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm POLYMER DYNAMICS
Discussion Leader: Joao Cabral (Imperial College)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmJanna Maranas (Penn State)
"Designing coarse-grained models for dynamics"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pmJuan Colmenero (EHU UPV)
"Dynamics of polymer systems by neutron scattering and molecular dynamics simulations"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm CHARGED SYSTEMS
Discussion Leader: David Hoagland (U Mass Amherst)
9:00 am - 9:45 amZhen-Gang Wang (Cal Tech)
"Some electrostatic effects in polymeric fluids"
9:45 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amIgal Szleifer (Northwestern)
"Tethered/grafted polyelectrolytes"
11:15 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pmRalph Colby (Penn State)"Designing ion-containing polymers for facile ion transport"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
(Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PHASE SEPARATION
Discussion Leader: Tom McLeish (University of Leeds)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmJulia Higgins (Imperial College)
"Kinetics of phase separation/spinodal decomposition"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pmTakeji Hashimoto (Japan Atomic Energy Agency)
"Shear-Induced Phase Separation in Noncrystallizable and Crystallizable Semidilute Solutions: Formation of Optically Anisotropic Strings"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm SURFACES AND INTERFACES
Discussion Leader: Mark Ediger (Wisconsin)
9:00 am - 9:45 amAli Dhinojwala (University of Akron)
"Using carbon nanotubes to create a synthetic analogue to gecko foot tapes"
9:45 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amLiliane Léger (Université Paris-Sud)
"Adhesion and friction at polymer interfaces"
11:15 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pmMichael Rubinstein (University of North Carolina)
"Tension and spreading of highly branched polymers"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm STRUCTURE, SHAPE, AND FUNCTION
Discussion Leader: Frank Bates (University of Minnesota)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmMonica Olvera de la Cruz (Northwestern)
"Symmetries in ionic assemblies: vesicles, membranes and gels"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pmDavid Tirrell (Cal Tech)
"On the role of molecular shape in re-interpreting the genetic code"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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