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Polymers (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Modern Advances in Polymer Science


June 10-11, 2017


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA


Jared D. Harris & Benjamin R. Elling

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.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Polymers" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). 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)
"Addressing Challenges in the Way of Gold-Catalyzed Coordination 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"
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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