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Polymer Physics
July 22-27, 2012
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA
Chair:
Scott T. Milner

Vice Chair:
John M. Torkelson

Related Meeting Information
The Polymer Physics Gordon Research Conference was held in conjunction with the Polymer Physics Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar. Please refer to the Polymer Physics GKRS web page for more information.

The 2012 Gordon Research Conference on Polymer Physics will feature outstanding lectures and discussions in this critical interdisciplinary field, which impacts every industrial sector from electronics to transportation to medicine to textiles to energy. This international meeting will be designed both to present exciting progress in well-established research areas, and to introduce the community to important emerging topics in the areas of energy and biological applications.

The conference will feature 22 invited lectures, with the opening 10 minutes designed for a general polymer physics audience. The technical content of the 2012 meeting will comprise topics of strong current and enduring interest across polymer physics, with particular focus in areas including:

  • Conducting polymers for energy applications
  • Polymers at the interface with biological systems
  • Polymeric surfactants for functional encapsulation
  • Semi-crystalline polymers: science of materials design
  • Self-assembly strategies from lab and nature
  • Entangled rheology and shear banding (is rheology finished?)

This meeting will take place immediately following the first annual Polymer Physics Gordon Research Seminar, which provides a great opportunity for students and post-docs to conduct a scientific conference. Attendees will share current research with their peers through oral and poster presentations; form new connections that may develop into future research collaborations; and discover the scope of research topics, methodologies, and career opportunities in the realm of polymer physics.

Poster Sessions: All Polymer Physics GRC attendees are encouraged to participate in the late afternoon poster sessions. A poster title and abstract can be submitted when applying for the conference.

About Mount Holyoke College: This location for the Polymer Physics GRC was new in 2010. The spacious, wooded campus includes a comfortable auditorium, good space for the poster session, new dormitories with air-conditioning, and quiet walking trails. Opportunities for cycling, canoeing, and hiking can be found nearby.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmPolymeric surfactants
Discussion Leader: Darrin Pochan (University of Delaware)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pm Maria Santore (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
"Interactions of proteins with polymer brushes: The accessibility of small underlying surface features"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pm Lynn Walker (Carnegie Mellon University)
"Transport in nanostructured block copolymer solutions"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:45 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPhysics of semicrystalline polymers
Discussion Leader: Stephen Cheng (University of Akron)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Tony Ryan (University of Sheffield)
"Flow induced crystallization in model polymers and silk: how spiders do it better than us"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Pat Brant (ExxonMobil Chemical Company, retired)
"Strategies for tailored polyolefin structures"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Greg Rutledge (MIT)
"Molecular origins of polymer crystallization"
12:10 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 pmNanostructured materials by design I
Discussion Leader: Frank Bates (University of Minnesota)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Thomas Epps (University of Delaware)
"Interfacial manipulations: controlling ordering in bulk and thin film block copolymers"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Randall Kamien (University of Pennsylvania)
"'I got stripes' (two-dimensional striped phases)"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmRheology and nonlinear flow behavior
Discussion Leader: Ralph Colby (The Pennsylvania State University)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Shi-Qing Wang (University of Akron)
"Exploring the phenomenological foundation of nonlinear polymer rheology: from simple shear and uniaxial extension to other types of deformation"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Suzanne Fielding (Durham University)
"Instabilities in time dependent flows of complex fluids"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Alexei Likhtman (University of Reading)
"Linear and nonlinear polymer rheology from molecular dynamics simulations"
12:10 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 pmNanostructured materials by design II
Discussion Leader: Frank Bates (University of Minnesota)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Hiroshi Jinnai (Kyoto University)
"Exploring nanostructured materials with TEMography"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Marc Hillmyer (University of Minnesota)
"Nanostructured membranes and monoliths from reactive multifunctional block polymers"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPolymers for energy and electronics
Discussion Leader: Enrique Gomez (The Pennsylvania State University)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Peter D. Olmsted (University of Leeds)
"Free energy landscapes of proteins determined by mechanical unfolding: What can we learn?"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Alberto Salleo (Stanford University)
"Establishing quantitative relationships between order and electronic properties in semiconducting polymers"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Grant Willson (University of Texas at Austin)
"Polymers for microlithography: new challenges and opportunities"
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
7:00 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 pmRobust gels and responsive networks
Discussion Leader: Tim Lodge (University of Minnesota)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Jian Ping Gong (Hokkaido University)
"Tough hydrogels with reversible sacrificial bonds"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Fred Mackintosh (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
"How to beat Maxwell: criticality, the high molecular weight limit and molecular motor activity in fiber networks"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPolymers and biology
Discussion Leader: Peter Olmsted (University of Leeds)
9:00 am - 9:40 am George Malliaras (CMP George Charpak)
"Conducting polymers at the interface with biology"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Doug Smith (UC San Diego)
"Single molecule studies of entangled polymer dynamics and viral DNA packaging"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm John Marko (Northwestern University)
"Micromechanical study of protein-DNA complexes and chromosome structure"
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 pmLocal probes of glassy behavior
Discussion Leader: Sindee Simon (Texas Tech University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Chris Stafford (NIST)
"Mechanics of glassy polymers upon confinement"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm John Torkelson (Northwestern University)
"Astonishingly large effects of confinement on dye diffusion in homopolymers and glass transition temperatures in immiscible polymer blends"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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