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Polymer Physics (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

At the Intersection Between Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering


July 12-13, 2014


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA


Laura Gray

Associate Chair:
Daniel R. King

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Polymer Physics 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 student and post-doctoral research that may include polymeric glasses, ion transport, copolymers, self-assembly, polymer electronics and other systems and phenomena of current interest to polymer physics. In addition to student presentations and posters the GRS will conclude by a panel discussion with senior scientists on "Asking Good Research Questions".

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Polymer Physics" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmSelf-Healing and Adhesive Polymers
Discussion Leader: Daniel King (University of Massachusetts - Amherst)
3:47 pm - 4:01 pmRanjita Bose (Delft University of Technology)
"Role of Network Dynamics and Reversible Interactions in Supramolecular Self-Healing Polymers"
4:01 pm - 4:08 pmDiscussion
4:08 pm - 4:23 pmXavier Callies (SIMM)
"Supramolecular Adhesives"
4:23 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 8:45 pmMechanical Properties of Polymers
Discussion Leaders: Xiguang Li (Texas Tech) and Ting Ge (University of North Carolina)
7:30 pm - 7:47 pmJayachandra Hari Mangalara (University of Akron)
"Effects of Stiff Molecular Additives on Polymer Glass Formation Behavior and Mechanical Properties"
7:47 pm - 7:55 pmDiscussion
7:55 pm - 8:12 pmYujie Liu (University of Massachusetts - Amherst)
"Stretching Ultra-Thin Polymer Films on Water"
8:12 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:37 pmAstrid Torres Arellano (Texas Tech)
"Temperature Step Dewetting Method for Determination of Thin Film Tg"
8:37 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:30 pmSelf Assembly
Discussion Leader: Laura Gray (Emory University)
8:45 pm - 9:01 pmJinhye Bae (University of Massachusetts - Amherst)
"Osmotically-Driven Formation of Double Emulsions Stabilized by Amphiphilic Block Copolymers"
9:01 pm - 9:08 pmDiscussion
9:08 pm - 9:23 pmRobert Hickey (University of Minnesota)
"Phase Transitions and Critical Opalescence in Ternary Polyolefin Blends"
9:23 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 10:12 amBlock Copolymers and Polymer Blends
Discussion Leaders: Robert Hickey (University of Minnesota) and Daniel King (University of Massachusetts - Amherst)
9:00 am - 9:17 amRaleigh Davis (Princeton University)
"Factors Influencing Shear Alignment of Cylinder-Forming Block Copolymer Thin Films"
9:17 am - 9:24 amDiscussion
9:24 am - 9:41 amCharles Sing (Northwestern University)
"Ion Correlation Effects in Heterogeneous Polymer Materials"
9:41 am - 9:48 amDiscussion
9:48 am - 10:05 amZhe Qiang (University of Akron)
"A Generalized Method for Alignment of Block Copolymer Films: Solvent Vapor Annealing with Soft Shear"
10:05 am - 10:12 amDiscussion
10:12 am - 11:00 amPolymer Nanocomposites
Discussion Leaders: Ketan Khare (Rennselaer Polytech) and Siyang Gao (Texas Tech)
10:12 am - 10:29 amSamanvaya Srivastava (University of Chicago)
"Tethered Nanoparticle Polymer Composites: Structure, Dynamics and Rheology"
10:29 am - 10:36 amDiscussion
10:36 am - 10:53 amRan Tao (Texas Tech)
"The Effect of Silica Nanoparticles on the Rheological and Glass Transition Behavior of Polystyrene: Reinforcement and Dynamics"
10:53 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmHow to Ask Research Questions
Discussion Panel Leader: Laura Gray (Emory University)
  • Tim Lodge (University of Minnesota)
  • Lashanda Korley (Case Western Reserve)
  • Brad Olsen (MIT)
  • Jodi Mecca (Dow Chemical Company)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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