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Spring Semester 2017

All seminars are held on Fridays at 11:00 AM in IMS Room 20. Coffee will be served at 10:45 AM outside the seminar room.
For more information, please contact YoungHee Chudy.

Date Time Location Speaker Organization Topic
2/3/2017 11:00am IMS 20 David Kaplan Tufts University Silk Biomaterials and 3D Tissue Systems
2/17/2017 11:00am IMS 20 Daniel A. Heller Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center & Weill Cornell Medical College Carbon Nanomaterials for Quantitative Biology and Medicine
2/24/2017 11:00am IMS 20 Kevin Yager Brookhaven National Laboratory Non-equilibrium Morphologies Using Block-copolymer Self-assembly
3/3/2017 11:00am IMS 20 Maria Santore University of Massachusetts, Amherst Biological Mechanisms at Responsive Material Surfaces
3/24/2017 11:00am IMS 20 Samuel W. Thomas III Tufts University Photorespinsive Layer-by-Layer Films
3/31/2017 11:00am IMS 20 Jie He UConn Harnessing Synergies at the Interface of Polymers and Inorganic Nanomaterials
4/7/2017 11:00am IMS 20 Khalid Askar Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi High Performance Multifunctional, Halloysite-Containing Coatings for Desert Based Solar Cells
4/21/2017 11:00am IMS 20 Warren Chan
(A Joint Seminar w/ Mechanical Engineering Dept.)
University of Toronto Complexities of Nanoparticle Tumor Targeting

Fall Semester 2016

Date Time Location Speaker Organization Topic
9/9/2016 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Matthew Kiesewetter University of Rhode Island The Power of Mechanism in Rate Enhanced Organocatalytic Polymerization
9/30/2016 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Sadhan Jana University of Akron Changing Landscape in Polymer Research: Challenges and Opportunities
10/7/2016 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Bruno Ameduri University of Montpellier, France  Challenges and Issues of Fluoropolymers
10/14/2016 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Nicolay Tsarevsky Southern Methodist University Dynamic and Redox-Responsive Branched Polymers
10/28/2016 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Vladimir Torchilin Northeastern University Stimuli-sensitive Combination Nanopreparations of siRNA and Chemotherapeutic Drugs to Treat Multidrug resistant Cancers
11/4/2016 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Gregory Grason University of Massachusetts, Amherst Block Copolymers beneath the Surface: Intra-domain Textures and Mesochiral Morphologies
11/11/2016 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Alfred Crosby University of Massachusetts, Amherst Physics of Polymer Fracture: Thin Films and Soft Gels

Spring Semester 2016

Date Time Location Speaker Organization Topic
1/29/2016 11:10am IMS 20 Prof. Jeffrey McCutcheon UConn Polymeric Materials Enabling Forward Osmosis for Water Treatment, Desalination and Reuse
2/19/2016 11:10am IMS 20 Prof. M.  Muthukumar University of Massachusetts, Amherst The Ordinary-Extraordinary Transition in Dynamics of Solutions of Charged Molecules
2/26/2016 11:10am IMS 20 Dr. Bruce Shapiro National Cancer Institute Understanding RNA Structure and Function:
Prediction, Analysis and Nanodesign
3/4/2016 11:10am IMS 20 Prof. Rodney Priestley Princeton University Confined Glassy Properties and Constrained Volume Processing of Polymer Nanoparticles
3/11/2016 11:10am IMS 20 Prof. Shu Yang University of Pennsylvania Foldable, Responsive Soft Metamaterials from
Microstructured Polymers
3/25/2016 11:10am IMS 20 Dr. Burtrand Lee American Chemical Society Crystallography of Functional Nanomaterials and
Preparation of Competitive Grant Proposal
4/8/2016 11:10am IMS 20 Prof. Joseph Thrasher Clemson University New Facility for and Advances in Tetrafluoroethylene
(TFE)-Based Fluoropolymers
4/15/2016 11:10am IMS-20 Prof. Bryan Coughlin University of Massachusetts, Amherst Robust and Dynamic Polymer Membranes for
Anion Transport
4/22/2016 11:10am IMS-20 Prof. Padma Rajagopalan Virginia Tech Engineering the 3D Liver Microenvironment


Fall Semester 2015

All seminars are held on Fridays at 11:00 AM in IMS Room 20. Coffee will be served at 10:30 AM outside the seminar room.
For more information, please contact YoungHee Chudy.

Date Time Location Speaker Organization Topic
8/21/2015 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Zhen-Gang Wang California Institute of Technology Self-Energy Effects of Salt Ions on Phase Behavior and Interfacial Properties
9/11/2015 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Michael Carpenter SUNY Polytechnic Institute Plasmonics Enabled Chemical Sensors with Thermal Energy Harvesting Attributes
9/25/2015 11:00am IMS 20 Dr. John Katsaras Oak Ridge National Laboratory Nanoscopic Lipid Domains in Model and Living Bacterial Membranes
10/2/2015 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Christopher Li Drexel University Controlling Ion Transport in Solid Polymer Electrolytes
10/23/2015 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Darrell Irvine Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineering Immunity Using Synthetic Materials
10/30/2015 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Xuanhe Zhao Massachusetts Institute of Technology Soft Materials: Unconventional Networks Give Unprecedented Properties
11/6/2015 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Margarita Herrera-Alonso Johns Hopkins University Molecular and Process Determinants of Solution-based Polymer Self-Assemblies
11/13/2015 11:00am IMS-20 Dr. Pamela Wilson AkzoNobel AkzoNobel Coil & Extrusion Coatings: Polymers for Aesthetics and Durability
11/30/15 11:00am IMS-20 Prof. Michael E. Hagerman Union College Laponite/polyaniline Nanocomposites for Clean Energy    Applications

Spring Semester 2015

Date Time Location Speaker Organization Topic
2/6/2015 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Qianli ‘Rick’ Chu University of North Dakota Bioinspired Synthesis of Organic Nanomaterials: From Supramolecular Helix to Two-dimensional Polymer
2/13/2015 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Ryan Hayward University of Massachusetts, Amherst Folding Gels and Shells: Designing Reconfigurable 3D Shapes and Mechanical Meta-Materials
2/27/2015 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Brian Wardle Massachusetts Institute of Technology Bulk Nanostructured Materials: Fundamentals and Applications
4/3/2015 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Srinivasa Raghavan University of Maryland Light-Tunable Fluids, Self-Propelling Microcapsules and Hemostatic Polymers: New Forms of Soft Matter with Unique Properties
4/10/2015 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Linda Schadler Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Polymer Nanocomposites: Bimodal and Block Copolymer Grafted Brushes to Control Functionality
4/17/2015 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Mukerrem Cakmak University of Akron Field Assisted Z Orientation of Functional Films using a Continuous Roll to Roll Process
4/24/2015 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Surita Bhatia SUNY Stony Brook Teaching Old Biomaterials New Tricks: Engineering Crystallinity and Topology into Polymeric Hydrogels
5/1/2015 11:00am IMS-20 Dr. Christopher Junk DuPont Central Research & Development Ultra-low Wear Fluoropolymer Composites: It’s All about Tribochemistry

Fall Semester 2014

Date Time Location Speaker Organization Topic
09/09/2014 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. James Watkins University of Massachusetts, Amherst Electronic and Optical Devices via Additive Driven Self-Assembly and Nanoimprint Lithography: Towards Solution-Based Roll-to-Roll Nanomanufacturing
09/12/2014 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Jeffrey Pyun Arizona State University Polymerizing Goblins and Brimstone: Materials for Sustainability, Energy and Defense
09/15/2014 11:15am Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center MSE Distinguished Lecturer Matthias Scheffler, Professor and Director, Theory Department Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society Berlin, Germany Big Data of Materials Science from First Principles – Critical Next Steps
09/19/2014 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. William Brittain Texas State University, San Marcos Photoisomerization Mechanisms of Chromophores Ubiquitous in Materials Science
09/26/2014 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. A.T. Charlie Johnson University of Pennsylvania Graphene-Enabled Bio-Nano Hybrids for Chemical Detection
10/03/2014 11:00am IMS 20 Dr. Donald Wardius Bayer Material Science Lab Thinking Through the Sustainability Challenges and Opportunities for Polyurethanes at Bayer MaterialScience
10/17/2014 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Jeffrey Morris City College of New York Frictional Interactions in Viscous Suspensions: Abrupt Shear Thickening and the Flow-induced Jamming Transition
10/31/2014 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Joey L. Mead University of Massachusetts, Lowell Nanomanufacturing with Polymers
11/14/14 9:00am IMS-20 Michele Marcolongo,
Professor and Department Head Materials Science and Engineering
Drexel University Acellular Tissue Regenerations Using Biomimetic Proteoglycans
11/14/2014 11:00am IMS 20 Dr. Masaya Kotaki Kaneka Americas Holding, Inc. Polymer Nanofibers: Electrospinning, Structure, and Properties
12/05/2014 11:00am IMS 20 Prof. Erik Berda University of New Hampshire Single-chain Nanoparticles: Synthesis of Nano-scale Architectures by Manipulating Discrete Macromolecules

 Spring Semester 2014

Date Time Location Speaker Organization Topic
1/31/2014 1:30pm IMS 20 Prof. Dennis Discher University of Pennsylvania “Polymer Approaches to Basic Questions in Biology”
2/14/2014 1:30pm IMS 20 Dr. Omid Farokhzad
(CANCELED: to be rescheduled)
Harvard Medical School & Brigham and Women’s Hospital “Targeted Polymeric Nanoparticles: From Discovery to Clinical Trials”
2/21/2014 1:30pm IMS 20 Dr. Eric Forsythe Army Research Lab, Adelphi, MD “Flexible Electronics Development for the US Army, Past and Future”
2/28/2014 1:30pm IMS 20 Prof. Lorna J. Gibson MIT “The Hierarchical Structure and Mechanics of Plants”
3/14/2014 1:30pm IMS 20 Dr. Johannes M. Soulages ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company “Long Chain Branching Characterization by Large Amplitude Oscillatory Shear Rheology”
3/28/2014 1:30pm IMS 20 Prof. Sanjeeva Murthy Rutgers University “Structure at the Surface and in the Bulk in Biomaterials: Studies of Protein Adsorption and Hydration”
4/04/2014 1:30pm IMS 20 Prof. Angel Garcia RPI “Molecular Simulations of the Folding Unfolding Equilibrium of Biomolecules”
4/18/2014 1:30pm IMS 20 Prof. Petia Vlahovska Brown University “Electromechanics of Biomimetic Bilayer Membranes”
4/25/2014 1:30pm IMS 20 Dr. Andrei Dukhin Dispersion Technology, Inc. “Characterization of Concentrated Nano- and Micro-Particulates Using Ultrasound”


Fall Semester 2013

“Materials Morphogenesis”
Prof. Seth Fraden, Brandeis University
Friday, September 13, 2013, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Self-Assembly: Evolution from Surfactants, Block Copolymers, Biomedical Conjugates to Nanoparticles”
Dr. Ramanathan Nagarajan, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development & Engineering Center
Friday, September 20, 2013, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Interfacial Curvature Effects in Polypeptide-based Block Copolymer Assemblies”
Prof. Daniel Savin, University of Southern Mississippi
Friday, September 27, 2013, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Radiation Shielding Materials and the Space Environment”
Dr. Laurence Thomsen, NASA Langley Research Center
Friday, October 11, 2013, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Targeted Polymeric Nanoparticles: From Discovery to Clinical Trials”
Dr. Omid Farokhzad, Harvard Medical School & Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Friday, November 1, 2013, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“How the Properties of Cells Derive from the Polymeric Nature of the Proteins in Their Proteomest”
Prof. Kenneth A. Dill, SUNY Stony Brook
Friday, November 15, 2013, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Stressing Lipid Membranes: Effects of Polymers on Membrane Structural Integrity”
Prof. Ka Yee Lee, University of Chicago
Friday, November 22, 2013, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


Spring Semester 2013

“Nanomaterials from the Self-Assembly of Globular Proteins”
Prof. Bradley D. Olsen, MIT


Friday, February 1, 2013, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20
“Polymer-based Materials Research at the DoE’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences”
Dr. P. Thiyagarajan, U.S. Dept. of Energy
Friday, March 1, 2013, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Graphene Polymer Nanocomposites”
Prof. Christopher W. Macosko, University of Minnesota
Friday, March 8, 2013, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Complex Polymer Systems: from Thin Films to RNA”
Prof. Robert M. Briber, University of Maryland
Friday, March 15, 2013, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Carbon nanotube and Graphene: from Fluid Phases to Multifunctional Materials”
Prof. Matteo Pasquali, Rice University
Friday, March 29, 2013, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Nanofluidics-Wetting and Spreading Phenomena”
Prof. Darsh Wasan, Illinois Institute of Technology
Friday, April 5, 2013, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Polymer Challenges at a Medical Device Company”
Dr. Peter G. Edelman, Boston Scientific
Friday, April 19, 2013, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


Fall Semester 2012

“Funtional Hybrid Nanomaterials from Polymers”
Prof. Ulrich Wiesner, Cornell University
Friday, September 7, 2012, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Characterizing the Viscoelasticity and Friction of Contact Lenses Immersed in Fluid”
Prof. Charles Lusignan, Bausch + Lomb
Friday, September 21, 2012, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Nanofluidics-Wetting and Spreading Phenomena”
Prof. Darsh Wasan, Illinois Institute of Technology
CANCELED: to be rescheduled Friday, September 28, 2012, 1:15 PM, IMS Room 20


“Simulations of Stretching a Strong, Flexible Polyelectrolyte”
Dr. Mark Stevens, Sandia National Laboratories
Friday, October 5, 2012, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Theranostic and Radiotherapeutic Cancer Nanomedicines”
Prof. Xiuling Lu, University of Connecticut
Friday, October 12, 2012, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Using Interfacial Manipulations to Generate Functional Materials from Nanostructured Polymers”
Prof. Thomas Epps, University of Delaware
Friday, October 19, 2012, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Ion Transport through Polymer Matrices: New Insights into the Design of Polymer Films as Ion Transporting Membranes
for R enewable Energy Applications”
Prof. Sergio Granados-Focil, Clark University
Friday, October 26, 2012, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Tailoring Polymer Structures for Adhesives and Sealants”
Dr. John Woods, Henkel Corporation
Friday, November 9, 2012, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Kinetics of Carbon Nanotube Growth via in-situ Raman Spectroscopy”
Dr. Benji Maruyama, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB
Friday, November 30, 2012, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


Spring Semester 2012

“Will We Ever Drive Fuel Cell Cars?”
Prof. Yossef Elabd, Drexel University
Thursday, January 26, 2012, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Highly Permeable Nanofibrous Membranes for Water Purification”
Prof. Benjamin Hsiao, SUNY Stony Brook
Friday, February 3, 2012, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Crystallizable Block Copolymers: Directing Crystallization via Polymer Architecture”
Prof. Richard Register, Princeton University
Friday, February 10, 2012, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Rheology of Physical Gelation”
Dr. H. Henning Winter, National Science Foundation & UMass Amherst
Friday, February 17, 2012, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“A Novel Membrane/Core Type Nanoparticle for Drug/Gene Delivery”
Prof. Leaf Huang, UNC Chapel Hill
Friday, March 9, 2012, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Material-based Feedback Control of Cell Adhesion”
Prof. Harry Bermudez, UMass Amherst
Friday, April 13, 2012, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“The Influence of Irreversible Aggregates on the Rheology of Monoclonal Antibody Solutions””
Dr. Jai Pathak, MedImmune LLC, Gaithersburg, MD
Friday, April 20, 2012, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Guiding Crystallization around Bends and Corners: Probing Inter- and Intrasperulite Charge Transport in Solution-Processed Organic Semiconductors”
Prof. Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo, Princeton University
Friday, April 27, 2012, 2:00 PM, Physics Room P-38


Fall Semester 2011

“Nanoscale Systems Assembled with DNA: From Principles to Materials”
Dr. Oleg Gang, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Friday, September 16, 2011, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Hot Melt Extrusion – A Novel Method for Drug Manufacturing”
Prof. Peng Wang, University of Rhode Island
Friday, September23, 2011, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“New Directions in Directed Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers and Polymer Nanocomposites”
Prof. Chinedum Osuji, Yale University
Friday, October 7, 2011, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“From Imperfection to Perfection in Soft Matter Self-Assembly”
Prof. Mahesh Mahanthappa, University of Wisconsin
Friday, October 21, 2011, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Dynamic s of Hydrophobically Modified Hydrogels”
Prof. Robert Weiss, University of Akron
Thursday, October 27, 2011, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Coiled coils – More than an Oligomerzation Motif”
Prof. Joerg Stetefield, University of Manitoba, Canada
Friday, November 4, 2011, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Polymers and Ionic Liquids, Four Short Stories: Solutions, Gels, Proteins, and Imaging”
Prof. David Hoagland, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Friday, November 11, 2011, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20


“Multicompartment/Multicomponent Micelles with Block Copolymer Blending through Kinetic Control of Solution Assembly”
Prof. Darrin Pochan, University of Delaware
Friday, November 18, 2011, 1:30 PM, IMS Room 20