Gordon Research Conferences
Meeting Details

Polymer Physics
Gordon Research Conference

Emerging Topics in the Behavior of Neat and Hybrid Polymer Materials


July 24-29, 2016


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA


Richard A. Register

Vice Chair:
Amalie L. Frischknecht

Meeting Description

Polymer physics' broad and interdisciplinary spectrum of research impacts every industrial and manufacturing sector, from electronics to transportation to energy production. In 2016, the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Polymer Physics will focus on the latest research in both neat polymers (crystallization and crystalline polymers; segmental, chain, and ion dynamics; confined polymers) and hybrid polymer-based materials (polymer-polymer phase behavior; structured polymer conductors; block copolymer thin films; nanocomposites; ionomers). New developments from experiment, theory, and simulation will be featured, with nineteen full-length lectures, as well as a session on "Future Directions in Polymer Physics", featuring shorter talks from six younger independent investigators. Poster sessions and informal activities will provide ample opportunity to share and discuss the latest advances in polymer physics with the speakers, poster presenters, and other conference attendees.

Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to apply not only to the GRC, but also to the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Polymer Physics, which will take place on the weekend immediately prior to the GRC. This third Polymer Physics GRS will provide a great opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to organize and present in a scientific conference. GRS 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 and evening poster sessions. A poster title and abstract can be submitted when applying for the conference.

Mount Holyoke College: The site of the Polymer Physics GRC since 2010, its spacious, wooded campus includes a comfortable auditorium, good space for the poster session, new dormitories with air-conditioning, quiet walking trails, botanical gardens, a gym with pool, and tennis courts. Opportunities for cycling, canoeing, and hiking can be found nearby.

Related Meeting

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


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmCrystallization and Crystalline Polymers
Discussion Leader: Gregory Rutledge (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmScott Milner (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"Nucleation and Flow-Induced Crystallization"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmChristopher Li (Drexel University, USA)
"Designed Polymer Crystallization"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPolymer-Polymer Phase Behavior
Discussion Leader: Chinedum Osuji (Yale University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amBradley Olsen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Thermodynamics of Globular Protein-Polymer Block Copolymers"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amMonica Olvera de la Cruz (Northwestern University, USA)
"Phase Segregation in Polymer Electrolytes"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmDavid Morse (University of Minnesota, USA)
"Corresponding States, Fluctuations, and Chi in Diblock Copolymer Melts: Lessons from Simulations"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmPower Hour
The GRC Power Hour is an optional informal gathering open to all meeting participants. It is designed to help address the challenges women face in science and support the professional growth of women in our communities by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring.
Organizer: Amalie Frischknecht (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmStructured Polymer Conductors
Discussion Leader: Christopher Soles (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmTimothy Lodge (University of Minnesota, USA)
"High Modulus and High Conductivity in Nanostructured Polymer Materials"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmEnrique Gomez (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"Conjugated Polymers for Flexible Electronics"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBlock Copolymer Thin Films
Discussion Leader: Thomas Epps (University of Delaware, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amPaul Nealey (University of Chicago, USA)
"Directed Self-Assembly of Block Copolymer Thin Films"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amGila Stein (University of Houston, USA)
"Controlling Thin Film Structures of Ionic Block Copolymers Through Solution Self-Assembly"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmChristopher Ellison (University of Texas, USA)
"High Chi Block Copolymers and Photopatternable Interfaces for Controlling Thin Film Structure"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSegmental, Chain, and Ion Dynamics
Discussion Leader: Rodney Priestley (Princeton University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmSpiros Anastasiadis (Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas, Greece)
"Effects of Confinement on Polymer Structure and Dynamics: The Case of Polymer Nanocomposites"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmRalph Colby (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"Interrelations of Segmental, Chain, and Ion Dynamics in Soft Ionomers"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmYoung Investigator Presentations: Future Directions in Polymer Physics
Discussion Leaders: Yueh-Lin Loo (Princeton University, USA) and Andrew Spakowitz (Stanford University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amLisa Hall (The Ohio State University, USA)
"Theoretically-Informed Simulations of Microphase-Separated Copolymers"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amDavid Simmons (University of Akron, USA)
"Insights into the Glass Transition from Simulations of Dynamics in the Deeply Supercooled Regime"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amZahra Fakhraai (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
"Measuring Long-Range Correlated Dynamics in Amorphous Systems"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:20 amBryan Boudouris (Purdue University, USA)
"Correlating Structure with Charge Transport in Radical Polymers"
11:20 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:50 amMegan Robertson (University of Houston, USA)
"Tailored Properties of Biorenewable Polymers"
11:50 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:20 pmCarlos Lopez-Barron (ExxonMobil Chemical Company, USA)
"Molecular Alignment of Polyethylene During Cold-Drawing: An In-Situ, Time-Resolved SANS Study"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmConfined Polymers
Discussion Leader: Ophelia Tsui (Boston University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmSindee Simon (Texas Tech University, USA)
"Tg and Polymerization in Nanoconfined Systems"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmPeter Green (University of Michigan, USA)
"Size-Dependent Phenomena in Polymer Thin Films: Role of Molecular Topology"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNanocomposites
Discussion Leader: Jeffrey Meth (DuPont, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amArthi Jayaraman (University of Delaware, USA)
"Tailoring the Polymer Grafts to Tune the Morphology of Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticles in Polymer Nanocomposites"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amTing Xu (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Toward Designer Nanocomposites"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmSanat Kumar (Columbia University, USA)
"Organizing Nanoparticles in Semicrystalline Polymers"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmIonomers
Discussion Leader: Karen Winey (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmAmalie Frischknecht (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
"Morphology, Dynamics, and Ion Transport in Isomers"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmMoon Jeong Park (Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea)
"Efficient Ion Transport in Acid-Tethered Polymers"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
© 2017 Gordon Research Conferences Search | Contact | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Follow us: Facebook Twitter