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Polymer Physics
Gordon Research Conference

New Developments in Hierarchical Structure and Dynamics of Polymers


July 22-27, 2018


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA Site Information


Amalie L. Frischknecht

Vice Chair:
Sanat K. Kumar

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 24, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

Polymer physics is a broad and interdisciplinary field with impact across diverse societal needs and industrial sectors, including energy, infrastructure, transportation, water, and health. The 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Polymer Physics will focus on new experimental, simulation, and theoretical developments over a range of traditional and emerging topics, including polymer phase behavior, polymer nanocomposites, biopolymers, rheology, ion and electron-conducting polymers, and mechanochemistry in polymers. The conference will feature nineteen full-length lectures by senior researchers, whose talks will include a ten-minute introduction designed for a general polymer audience, as well as a session featuring shorter talks by six early career 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. 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 will be held in conjunction with the "Polymer Physics" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Session Titles

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. The preliminary program will be available by November 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Block Copolymers/Polymer Phase Behavior
  • Ion and Electron-Conducting Polymers
  • Hierarchical Structure in Polymers
  • Biopolymers
  • Polymer Dynamics
  • Young Investigator Presentations
  • Crystallization and Thermoplastics
  • Polymer Nanocomposites
  • Mechanochemistry
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