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Polymers (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Modern Advances in Polymer Science


June 10-11, 2017


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA Site Information


Jared D. Harris & Benjamin R. Elling

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this meeting was May 13, 2017. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.

Meeting Description


The Polymers Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) provides a unique opportunity for graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience to congregate to present and discuss high quality research focused on the synthesis, characterization, and application of polymeric materials. The meeting (June 10-11) will directly precede the Polymers Gordon Research Conference (June 11-16) on the campus of Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA. Those applying to the GRS are strongly encouraged to submit an additional application to the Polymers GRC.

The seminar will include poster sessions and a select number of oral presentations on modern advances in polymer research. Submissions on topics such as drug delivery strategies, precision synthesis, materials for energy applications, sustainably sourced materials, novel characterization techniques, designed surfaces and interfaces, and self-healing materials are encouraged. The GRS will also provide opportunities for career development through presentations from invited speakers working in various fields as well as time for networking.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 10, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Polymers" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Strategies of Successful Scientists
Discussion Leader: Aaron Teator (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmDavid Tirrell (California Institute of Technology, USA)
"Strategies of Successful Scientists"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSyntheses for Next Generation Materials
Discussion Leader: Rachel Letteri (Texas A&M University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmAnne Fuhrmann (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany)
"Switching the Healing Capability of Dynamic Covalent Polymers ON and OFF with Light – New Designs with Improved Healing Capability"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmMegan Hill (University of Florida, USA)
"Synthesis of Alternating and Degradable Copolymers by Radical Polymerization"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmJoel Sarapas (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
"Thiol-ene Step Growth as a Versatile Route to Functional Polymers and Networks"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmAleksandr Zhukhovitskiy (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Progress Toward Homogeneous Au-Catalyzed 'C1' Polymerization"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amIntelligent Material Design
Discussion Leader: Symone Alexander (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amSpencer Brucks (Columbia University, USA)
"Modular Nanoparticles for Live-Cell Imaging by Stimulated Raman Scattering"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amJacob Brutman (University of Minnesota, USA)
"Renewable, Degradable, and Chemically Recyclable Cross-Linked Elastomers"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amAbigail Knight (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
"Metal-Directed Self Assembly of Bioinspired Amphiphiles"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amColin McKinlay (Stanford University, USA)
"Charge-Altering Releasable Transporters (CARTs) for the Delivery and Release of Messenger RNA in Living Animals"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Careers in Polymer Science
Discussion Leader: Andrea Carlini (University of California, San Diego, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmYutan Getzler (Kenyon College, USA)
"An Academic Career at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmSamantha Page (Cantor Colburn LLP, USA)
"A Career in Patent Law"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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