The 2021 Polymers Gordon Research Conference (GRC) will assemble an international community of scholars from academia, industry, and government to highlight the most recent innovations in polymer chemistry and to discuss how these methods will generate materials used in a wide variety of applications. The conference will focus on both synthetic and biologically derived polymers and all aspects of their chemistry, including synthesis, structural characterization, and applications, with particular emphasis on new methods for polymer synthesis, sustainable polymer development, and innovative applications of polymers in medicine, energy, electronics, and advanced manufacturing. In addition to formal presentations, the GRC will provide many opportunities for professional networking through discussion sessions, daily poster sessions, and recreational activities.
This conference will be preceded by a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS), which will enable junior scientists to present their research to their peers and to network with current leaders from academia, government, and industry. GRS attendees will choose the most outstanding GRS lectures, which will be highlighted and included in the GRC speaking lineup. Together, the Polymers GRS and GRC comprise an exciting, influential, and important event in the field of polymer science.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. Please check back regularly for updates to this information.
- Stimuli-Responsive Polymers: Design, Synthesis and Applications
- New Routes to Precisely Controlled Polymer Structures
- Targeting Pathogens with Functional Polymers
- Developing Sustainable Life Cycles for Commodity Plastics
- Controlling Polymer Structure and Function with Flow Reactors, Machine Learning and Other Tools
- Expanding the Diversity of Degradable Polymers
- Early-Career Investigator Presentations
- Developing Synthetic Paths to New Polymer Materials
- Conjugated Polymers for Energy Applications