Athina Anastasaki is an Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich and Head of the Laboratory of Polymeric Materials. She undertook her PhD studies at the University of Warwick under the supervision of Professor Dave Haddleton. Upon completing her PhD, she accepted a Monash-Warwick research fellow position between the Pharmaceutical department at Monash University and the University of Warwick, jointly supervised by Professor Thomas Davis and Professor Dave Haddleton. She then received an Elings Fellowship, followed by a Global Marie Curie Fellowship to conduct research with Professor Craig Hawker at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her group focuses on controlled radical polymerization, depolymerization and polymer self-assembly. Athina also serves as an Associate Editor of the RSC Journal Polymer Chemistry.
Precision Synthesis of Various Functional Polymers via Controlled/living Cationic Polymerization
Sadahito Aoshima is a Professor of Macromolecular Science at Osaka University in Japan. He was born in Mito, Japan, in 1959, and received his B.S. (1981), M.S. (1983), and Ph.D. (1987) degrees in polymer chemistry from Kyoto University under the supervision of Professor Toshinobu Higashimura. After a subsequent postdoctoral research with Professor Higashimura, he started his academic carrier at Tokyo University of Science in 1988. During 1993-1994, he spent a year at Cornell University as a visiting scientist, working with Jean M. J. Fréchet. In April 2000, he moved to Osaka University as an Associate Professor, and was promoted to a full professorship in October 2000. His recent research interests focus on the development of living cationic polymerization and the precise synthesis of various stimuli-responsive polymers.
From Polypeptide(o)ide with Defined Reactivity to Functional Systems for Diagnosis and Therapy
Prof. Matthias BARZ
LEIDEN UNIVERSITY, Leiden, The Netherlands Read more
Prof. Matthias BARZ
Prof. Dr. Matthias Barz studied chemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg-University (JGU) Mainz (Germany) and Seoul National University (South Korea). After having received his PhD in polymer chemistry from the JGU in 2010, he joined the labs of Dr. Maria J. Vicent at the CIPF (Valencia, Spain) and Prof. T. Kirchhausen at Boston Children’s Hospital (Boston, USA). In 2013 returned to the JGU and became independent junior research group leader at the Institute of Organic Chemistry. Since 2020 he is full professor at the Leiden Academic Center for Drug Research (LACDR) at Leiden University (Leiden, The Netherlands).
His group focusses on the development of reactive polypept(o)ides, polymers combining functional polypeptides with stealth-like polypeptoids, for applications in nanomedicine, such as cancer immune therapy, cancer theragnostic (pre-targeting) and antibacterial therapies.
Poly(2-oxazoline)s: From Nucleic Acid Delivery to Oil Additives
Dr Remzi BECER
UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK, Coventry, United Kingdom Read more
Dr Remzi BECER
Prof. Dr. Remzi Becer has completed his PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands (2009). He received a Marie Curie Research Fellowship (2009–2011) and joined University of Warwick, UK. He was awarded a Science City Senior Research Fellowship (2011–2013) to start up his independent research group at the same university. He was appointed (2013–2018) as a Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London. He is currently a Professor in Sustainable Polymer Chemistry at the University of Warwick (2019‐) and acting as an editor of European Polymer Journal (2018‐). For more information visit www.becergroup.com and follow on Twitter @remzibecer.
Dr Ivŕn BELA
EÖTVÖS LORÁND UNIVERSITY, Budapest, Hungary
Molecularly Designed Poly(2-oxazoline)s For Tuning The Properties of Biointerfaces
Dr. Edmondo M. Benetti graduated in chemistry at the University of Padova (Italy) in 2004 and carried out his PhD at the University of Twente (The Netherlands), working in the Department of Materials Science and Technology of Polymers (2009). He joined the Department of Materials at ETH in 2009 as a PostDoc (ETH fellow) working in the group of Prof. Nicholas Spencer and Prof. Marcus Textor. From 2014 to 2021 he has been a Senior Scientist in the Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology at ETH (Swiss National Science Foundation “Ambizione” fellow), and Group Leader at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA). In 2021 he moved to the University of Padova, in Italy, where he became full professor in polymer chemistry. Here he coordinates the activities of the Polymer Surfaces Group, concentrating on controlled polymerization methods applied for the modulation of the interfacial physicochemical properties of polymer assemblies.
Seeing the Light: Advancing Macromolecular Synthesis for 3D Printing
Prof. Cyrille BOYER
THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, Sydney, Australia Read more
Cyrille received his PhD from the University of Montpellier II. His PhD was performed in collaboration with Solvay-Solexis for the preparation of new adhesives. At the end of his PhD, he undertook a position with Dupont Performance Elastomers, dealing with the synthesis of fluorinated elastomers. Later, he joined the University of New South Wales in the School of Chemical Engineering, where, in 2009, he was awarded an Australian Research Council Fellowship (ARC-APD). In 2012, Cyrille has been awarded an Australian Research Council-Future Fellowship. In January 2017,Cyrille has been promoted as full Professor at the University of New South Wales and co-Director of Australian Centre for Nanomedicine. More recently, he serves as Deputy Head of School (research). Cyrille’s research interests mainly cover the preparation of functional macromolecules, where he develops new polymerization techniques using photocatalysts. These macromolecules find applications in various areas, including in nanomedicine and in energy storage. The research of his group has been recognized by several research awards, including 2018 IUPAC-Polymer International Young Researcher award, 2016 ACS Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Researcher Awards, 2016 Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award, Le Fevre Memorial Prize for Chemistry; 2015 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Science (one of the six Prime Minister Prize), etc.
Model-based Design of Linear, Branched and Crosslinked Polymers
Prof. Dagmar D'HOOGE
GHENT UNIVERSITY, Zwijnaarde (Ghent), Belgium Read more
Prof. Dagmar D'HOOGE
Dagmar R. D’hooge (associate professor) focuses on the design of polymerization and polymer processing techniques. The functional material design and related process intensification is performed up to industrial scale, using advanced in-house developed multi-scale modeling tools in combination with experimental validation. He was a postdoctoral researcher in the Matyjaszewski Polymer Group (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA) in 2011 and in the Macromolecular Architectures (MacroArc) Research Team (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karslruhe, Germany) in 2013. He is also a former postdoctoral researcher of the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders (FWO Vlaanderen). Since 2017, he is a visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University.
Polyisobutylene Based Block Copolymers by Tandem Living Polymerizations
Prof. Priyadarshi DE
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH KOLKATA, West Bengal, India Read more
Dr. Priyadarsi De is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Sciences at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (IISER Kolkata), India. He received his Ph.D. degree from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. After his post-doctoral studies at University of Massachusetts Lowell (March 2002-December 2006) and Southern Methodist University (January 2007-August 2008), he worked in PhaseRx, Inc., Seattle, for fifteen months before joining IISER Kolkata in November, 2009. His research group at IISER Kolkata mostly works on controlled synthesis of bio-inspired macromolecular architectures from naturally occurring amino acids and fatty acid based renewable resources for various applications.
Polypeptoid Polymers by Controlled Zwitterionic Ring-Opening Polymerization: Twists and Turns
Dr Zhang DONGHUI
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, Louisiana, United States Read more
Donghui Zhang is a Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the Louisiana State University (LSU). She obtained B.S. in Chemistry from Peking University in 1998 and Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry from Dartmouth College in 2003 and did one and half year postdoctoral research at University of Minnesota on the synthesis and characterization of polymers from biorenewable feedstocks. She joined LSU in 2007 after a two-year stint as a research faculty in New Mexico State University. She serves on the editorial advisory board of Biomacromolecules. Her research interests include development of controlled ring-opening polymerization methods, synthesis and characterization of polypeptoid and polypeptide polymers, investigation of the self-assembly of sequence-defined peptoid oligomers and polypeptoid polymers in solution and at interfaces
Prof. Rudolf FAUST
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL, Massachussets, United States Read more
Rudolph FAUST is Professor Emeritus, Chemistry Department, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA.
Research Field: ● Living polymerizations ● Synthesis, morphology and structure-property relationship of macromolecular and supramacromolecular materials ● Polymerization kinetics és mechanism ● Biomaterials ● Surface phenomena
Education and former professional experience: Diploma Chemist, 1975, Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, Budapest. Ph. D., Colloid chemistry, 1978, Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, Budapest, Postdoctoral study (University of Akron): Macromolecular chemistry, cationic polymerization, 1983-1988.
Prof. Holger FREY
JOHANNES GUTENBERG UNIVERSITY, Mainz, Germany Read more
Dr Theoni Georgiou is currently an Associate Professor in Polymer Chemistry at the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. She obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cyprus in 2001 and 2006, respectively. Following her PhD studies, under the supervision of Professor Costas Patrickios, she joined Professor Antonios (Tony) Mikos’ group at Rice University in USA as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2007 she moved to UK when she was awarded a five year RCUK Fellowship in Colloidal Nanotechnology at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Hull that led to a Lectureship in 2012. In 2014 she joined Imperial College. Since 2017 she is a member of the Materials Chemistry Division Council of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the European Polymer Federation (EPF) council. She has also been an active member of the Macro Group UK committee and since 2019 she is the acting Chair. In 2017 she was awarded the 2016 Macro Group UK Young Researchers Medal for “contributions to polymer science which show outstanding promise for the future”. Her current research interests lie in the area of polymer chemistry and specifically in designing well-defined polymeric materials and investigating how the structural characteristics of the polymers affect the material’s end properties and applications with emphasis on bioapplications.
Prof. Nikos HADJICHRISTIDIS
KAUST UNIVERSITY, Djeddah, Saudi Arabia
Synthesis of Sequence-Defined Discrete Oligomers through Anionic Reaction
Junpo He is a professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science, Fudan University, Shanghai. His research field is the synthesis of precision polymers by living polymerizations, such as anionic polymerization and reversible deactivation radical polymerizations. He got his PhD degree in 1999 from Fudan University, and did PostDoc research in BASF, Ludwigshafen. He worked as an exchanging scholar in University Konstanz in 1996-1997, and revisited there as a DAAD scholar in 2005. He visited Tokyo Institute of Technology as a SPSJ scholar in 2012. He served as a member of international advisory board of Macromolecules (2016-2021) and European Polymer Journal (2015-present). He was co-chairperson of IUPAC ionic polymerization symposium in 2019 (ip’19).
Masami Kamigaito studied polymer chemistry at Kyoto University and earned his B.S. (1988), M.S. (1990), and Ph.D. (1993) degrees from Kyoto University under the direction of Prof. Toshinobu Higashimura. After conducting postdoctoral research with Prof. Mitsuo Sawamoto, he joined the faculty of Kyoto University in 1995, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999. In 2003, he moved to Nagoya University as an Associate Professor working with Prof. Yoshio Okamoto and was promoted to professor in 2004. During 1997–1998, he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University working with Prof. Robert M. Waymouth. His current research interests include controlled radical and cationic polymerizations, sequence-controlled polymers, new polymerizations, precision polymer synthesis, and sustainable polymers based on renewable resources.
Dr Kristian KEMPE
MONASH UNIVERSITY, Melbourne, Australia
Prof. Jae-Suk LEE
GWANGJU INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, Gwangju, Korea, South
Biomimetic Polymers – A Cell-oriented Approach for the Design of Tailored Therapeutics
Dr Meike N. Leiske holds a doctor assistant position in the group of Prof. Richard Hoogenboom at Ghent University (Belgium). Her research field focuses on biomimetic polymers and their derived materials aiming for tumor drug delivery. The main goal of this research is the development of smart nanomaterials, which can intrinsically target motifs on cell surfaces to facilitate cellular specificity.
Prior to her work in Ghent, Meike obtained her Ph.D. at the Friedrich Schiller University (Jena, Germany) under the supervision of Prof. Ulrich S. Schubert in 2018 for her work on poly(2-oxazoline)s for biomedical applications. From 2018 to 2021, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Melbourne (Australia) in the groups of Prof. Thomas P. Davis and Dr Kristian Kempe. In 2019, she received a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for her work on zwitterionic site-specific polymers.
Reversible Transformations of Polymer Topologies through Visible Light and Darkness
Dr Evelina Liarou received her BSc in Chemistry from the University of Patras in Greece. In 2016 she obtained her MSc from the University of Athens, working on the synthesis of stimuli-responsive smart polypeptides through Ring Opening Polymerization. In 2020 she obtained her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Warwick, UK where she was working on Controlled Radical Polymerization strategies and their oxygen tolerant nature, under the supervision of Prof. Haddleton. After receiving a postdoctoral fellowship from the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) in 2020, she is currently working on well-defined dynamic polymer systems in the group of Prof. Du Prez at Ghent University, Belgium.
From Ionic to Controlled Radical Polymerization
Prof. Krzysztof MATJASZEWSKI
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, Pittsburgh, United States Read more
Prof. Krzysztof MATJASZEWSKI
Krzysztof (Kris) Matyjaszewski is J.C. Warner University Professor of Natural Sciences and director of Center for Macromolecular Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. In 1994 he discovered Cu-mediated atom transfer radical polymerization, commercialized in 2004 in US, Japan and Europe to prepare various advanced materials. His research is focused on synthesis of well-defined macromolecules and hybrid materials via controlled polymerizations using radical, and ionic mechanisms to prepare advanced materials for optoelectronic, biomedical, environmental, and energy-related applications. He has co-authored 1,200 publications, cited >170,000 times (h-index 200) He is a member of National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Inventors as well as European, Australian, Polish and Russian Academies of Sciences. He received 2021 Grand Prix de la Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie, 2011 Wolf Prize in Chemistry, 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, as well as eleven honorary degrees.
Tapered Block and Multiblock Copolymers via Statistical Anionic Copolymerization
Prof. Axel MÜLLER
JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITÄT MAINZ, Mainz, Germany Read more
Axel Müller obtained his Ph.D. from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. From 1999-2012 he was full professor of Macromolecular Chemistry at the University of Bayreuth. After retiring from Bayreuth he moved back to Johannes Gutenberg University as a Fellow of the Gutenberg Research College. His research interest focuses on the kinetics and mechanisms of controlled/living polymerizations, the design of complex polymer and hybrid structures and self-organized nanostructures obtained from these polymers in bulk and solution. He has published about 440 peer-reviewed research papers and reviews, 21 patents and he edited six books. He is was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Polymer until June 2019. Recent awards include the Hermann Staudinger Prize of the German Chemical Society (2012) and the International Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ, 2018).
Lady of the Rings - Biodegradable Cyclic Polydisulfide Elastomers
Dr Judit E. PUSKAS
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, Ohio, United States Read more
Dr Judit E. PUSKAS
Judit E. Puskas, Ph. D., P. Eng, Distinguished Professor
AIMBE, IUPAC and NAI Fellow
External member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Co-inventor of the polymer coating on the Taxus drug-eluting coronary stent, implanted in over 10 million people.
Professor Puskas’ research has been focusing on green polymer science, ionic polymerizations and related processes, and rubbery biomaterials. She is the winner of the 2017 Charles Goodyear Medal, the most prestigious award given by the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society.
She received a PhD in plastics and rubber technology in 1985, and an M. E. Sc in organic and biochemical engineering in 1977, from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary. She has over 10 years of industrial experience in Hungary and Canada. She was a professor at the University of Western Ontario in Canada and later at the University of Akron before joining the Ohio State University, ranked 52nd among 1000 universities globally.
Polymerization of New (and old) Bio-sourced Monomers.
Helmut Schlaad has been working in the field of living/controlled polymerization for more than 25 years. He received his PhD under the supervision of Axel H. E. Müller at the University of Mainz in 1997. Afterwards he spent one year with Rudolf Faust at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA. In 1999, he started his works for habilitation at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids in Potsdam-Golm, Germany, mentored by Markus Antonietti, which he completed in 2004. After 10 years being senior scientist at the May Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, he was promoted to professor (W2) at the University of Potsdam, Germany, in 2014.
His research activities include the synthesis of bio-sourced polymer materials by ionic, controlled radical and ring-opening metathesis polymerization techniques, stimuli-responsive and degradable polymers, and polymer self-assembly.
Prof. Ulrich SCHUBERT
UNIVERSITY OF JENA, Jena, Germany
Kraton Polymers: From Polymer Design to Application
Marianne Stol is a staff scientist at Kraton Polymers. She obtained her PhD at Utrecht University studying organometallic chemistry in 2005. Also, in 2005 she started working for Kraton as a scientist. Her research interest is anionic polymerization and translation of polymer design into process. In practice structure, property and synthesis are all aspects that need to be considered together when working on innovation in polymer materials. She has (co)authored several patents and leads polymer and process innovation projects within Kraton Polymers.
Organocatalyzed Routes to Challenging (co)polymer Structures
Daniel Taton obtained his PhD in polymer chemistry in 1994 from the University Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris 6). He holds a professorship position at the University of Bordeaux, France and he develops his research activities at the Laboratory of Organic Polymer Chemistry (LCPO) of which he is the deputy director since 2018. These activities are focused on both " catalysis of polymerization " and "polymerization for catalysis". He is interested -primarily, but not exclusively- in N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) for organocatalyzed polymerizations to access a variety of metal-free polymers. His team has also developed recyclable polymeric supports. The in situ generation of carbenes confined in custom-designed polymer supports provides unique catalytic activity in benchmark reactions of molecular chemistry, including in aqueous media. Daniel is authors of roughly 150 publications in peer-review journals, 15 book chapters and 14 patents
Prof. Patrick THÉATO
KIT-KARLSRUHE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Karlsruhe, Germany Read more
Dr. Yanmei Wang is a full professor of Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). Her work focuses on the design and synthesis of polymeric materials for separation of biomacromolecules. She got her Bachelor and Master degree in chemical physics at USTC respective in 1987 and 1990, and completed her PhD at Zhejiang University in polymer chemistry and physics in 1997. Following her PhD studies, Dr Wang was a USTC Post Doctorial Fellow developing new soap-free emulsion polymerization. As a specialist in Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook (2001-2002), she focused on the synthesis of polymer which is used as separation medium for the sequencing of DNA. As a invited professor of LAMBE laboratory (2011, 2013) at University of Évry (France), She made some collaborative researches on the cationic polymerization.
Prof. Yixian WU
BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY, Beijing , China
Progress on Polyphosphoesters by Anionic Ring-Opening Polymerization: From Drug Delivery to Seawater-degradable Polymers.
Prof. Fredrick WURM
UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE, Enschede, The Netherlands Read more
Frederik Wurm leads the Sustainable Polymer Chemistry Group at the University of Twente (Enschede, NL) and acts as an Editor for the “European Polymer Journal”. The broad research interests of Frederik Wurm cover the molecular design and development for new synthetic strategies of novel polymeric materials and focus in recent years on the synthesis of novel biodegradable polymers and the modification and formulation of biopolymers. The SPC group designs materials with molecular defined functions for degradable polymers and nanocarriers for agricultural or biomedical applications, with a special interest in phosphorus-based polymers and lignin. Frederik received his Ph.D. in 2009 (JGU, Mainz, D). After a two-year stay at EPFL (CH) as a Humboldt fellow, he joined the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Mainz, D) and finished his habilitation in Macromolecular Chemistry in 2016. In 2020, he was appointed as a full professor at UT. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and his research was awarded several times.
Prof. Yusuf YAGCI
ISTANBUL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY, Istanbul, Turkey Read more
Prof. Yusuf YAGCI
Yusuf Yagci is a full professor of Department of Chemistry at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. He received his Ph.D. (1979) degree from Liverpool University (UK). He joined Istanbul Technical University in 1980 where he continued all his academic activities till now. His research field include controlled/living polymerizations, ionic polymerization and photopolymerization. He is the recipient of several awards including The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ) International Award (2008), Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) Ministerial COMSTEC International Award (2010), OIC Science & Technology Award (2017), and Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (2017), Belgian Polymer Group International Award (2018), Japan Photopolymer Science and Technology Award (2018), Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (2018).