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Polymer Physics (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Building and Leveraging a Nanoscopic Understanding of Polymer Physics


July 23-24, 2016


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA


Adam B. Burns

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Polymer Physics is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to highlight the work of the next generation of polymer scientists and engineers in areas of current interest such as copolymers, polymer glasses, conducting polymers, and nanoscale assembly. The meeting will culminate in a panel discussion on "Finding Your Niche" in the field of polymer physics.

Related Meeting

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


Final 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 pmSemicrystalline Polymers
Discussion Leader: Behzad Nazari (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmAnthony Kotula (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
"Probing Polymer Crystallization via Simultaneous Raman Spectroscopy, Rheology, and Optical Microscopy"
4:00 pm - 4:05 pmDiscussion
4:05 pm - 4:20 pmThomas O'Connor (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
"Chain Ends and the Ultimate Strength of Polyethylene Fibers"
4:20 pm - 4:25 pmDiscussion
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmGeneral Discussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDynamics in Polymeric Systems / Block Copolymer Phase Behavior
Discussion Leaders: Onyekachi Oparaji (Florida State University, USA) and Ha-Kyung Kwon (Northwestern University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmDanielle Mai (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
"Single Molecule Dynamics of Branched DNA Polymers"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmTarak Patra (The University of Akron, USA)
"Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Glass Formation and Ion Transport in Polymeric Ionic Liquids"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmMark Ilton (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
"Plug Flow in Viscous Freely-Suspended Polymer Nanofilms"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmGeneral Discussion
8:40 pm - 8:55 pmAkash Arora (University of Minnesota, USA)
"Understanding Complex Sphere-Forming Phases in Block Polymers Using Self-Consistent Field Theory"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:15 pmAlice Chang (California Institute of Technology, USA)
"Consequences of Low-Chi Block Copolymer Design"
9:15 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amPolymer Nanocomposites / Directed and Self-Assembly
Discussion Leader: Philip Griffin (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amShiwang Cheng (Chemical Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
"The Effect of Chain Rigidity on the Interfacial Layer Thickness and Dynamics of Polymer Nanocomposites"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amZhen Cao (University of Akron, USA)
"Nanoparticles as Adhesives for Soft Polymeric Materials"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amYekaterina Rokhlenko (Yale University, USA)
"Leveraging Intrinsic Chain Anisotropy to Align Coil-Coil Block Copolymers with Magnetic Fields"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:10 amGeneral Discussion
10:10 am - 10:25 amTamar Segal-Peretz (University of Chicago / Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
"Underneath the Surface of Block Copolymer Thin Films: Understanding Three Dimensional Assembly in Directed Self-Assembled Films Using Electron Tomography"
10:25 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:45 amKatherine Barteau (Cornell University, USA)
"Understanding the Formation Pathways of Asymmetric Triblock Terpolymer Membranes"
10:45 am - 10:50 amDiscussion
10:50 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
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: Finding Your Niche in Polymer Physics
A panel discussion featuring experts whose careers and contributions represent academic, government, and industrial perspectives.
Discussion Leader: Adam Burns (Princeton University, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Finding Your Niche in the Field of Polymer Physics"
  • August Bosse (ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, USA)
  • Ralph Colby (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
  • Yueh-Lin Loo (Princeton University, USA)
  • Christopher Soles (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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