Pre-Conference Graduate Research Symposium
June 26th - June 28th, 2015

The IPCG Graduate Research Symposium (GRS) preceeds the IPCG Polymer Colloids Conference. The symposium is for graduate students with research in polymer colloids and postdoctoral researchers who are new to the field of polymer colloids. The GRS consists of Master Classes organized by Professors in the field along with oral presentations of research from the graduate/postdoctoral participants.

Each GRS participant is expected to bring a poster (boards are: 3 ft x 4 ft, or 92 cm x 122 cm) to present their current research. A selection of particpants will also be able to give an oral presentation.

The graduate student contacts for the IPCG 2015 Graduate Research Symposium are:

  • Mr. Robert Young, University of Warwick, UK: robert.young@warwick.ac.uk
  • Mr. Sean George, Queen's University, Canada: george.sean@queensu.ca
  • Mr. Yuan Yao, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong: yychips@poutlook.com
  • Mr. Lianghui Chen, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong: lianghui.chen@connect.polyu.hk
  • Dr. Amit Tripathi, University of New Hampshire, USA: amit.tripathi@unh.edu
  • The Master Class instructors for the IPCG 2015 Graduate Research Symposium are:

  • Prof. Donald Sundberg, University of New Hampshire, USA: Prof. Sundberg's webpage
  • Prof. Alex van Herk, Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, Singapore: Prof. Van Herk's webpage
  • Dr. Mark Winkle, Spring House PolyX, LLC: Dr. Winkle's company webpage
  • Dr. Luke Rochford, University of Warwick, UK: Dr. Rochford's webpage
  • Prof. Stefan Bon, University of Warwick, UK: Prof. Bons webpage
  • GRS Seminar Program:

    Friday June 26th 2015

  • 5:30 PM: Arrival and Check-in (at Mills Hall, University of New Hampshire Campus)
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Welcome, Icebreaker Activity, & Dinner (Huddleston Hall)
  • 10:00 pm+: Socializing (Scorpions Bar & Grill)

  • Saturday June 27th 2015

  • 7.30 am - 8.45 am: Breakfast (Huddleston Hall)

  • 9:00 am - 12:30 pM: SESSION #1
    Master Class Instructor: Prof. Alex van Herk, Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, Singapore
    Lecture Title: "Emulsion polymerization, nanotechnology on a kiloton scale"

  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Master Class Lecture
  • 10:00 am - 10:20 am: Discussion/Questions
  • 10:20 am - 10:50 am: Coffee Break

  • 10:50 am - 11:05 am: Alka Prasher (University of New Hampshire, USA)
  • Single-chain nanoparticles via sonogashira crosslinking of linear polymer chains
  • 11:05 am - 11:20 am: Amit Tripathi (University of New Hampshire, USA)
  • Kinetic monte carlo simulation of emulsion copolymerization with crosslinkers to understand the effect of process parameters
  • 11:20 am - 11:35 am: Bastian Ebeling (University of Lyon 1, CPE Lyon, France)
  • Development of PISA nanoparticles for reversible supramolecular assembly
  • 11:35 am - 11:50 am: Xin Su (Queen's University, Canada)
  • Preparing Artificial Polymer Latexes Using Switchable Hydrophilicity Solvents
  • 11:50 am - 12:05 pm: Hao Huang (Lehigh University, USA)
  • Preparation of artificial latex by an emulsion solvent removal method
  • 12:05 pm - 12:20 pm: Jessica Desport (Polymat, University of the Basque Country, Spain)
  • Polymerization of renewable-based monomers in aqueous dispersed media: Towards biobased waterborne coatings and adhesives

  • 12:30 pm: Lunch (Huddleston Hall)

  • 1:45 pm - 4:15 pm: SESSION #2
    Master Class Instructor: Prof. Stefan Bon, University of Warwick, UK
    Lecture Title: "Particles at Soft Interfaces"

  • 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm: Master Class Lecture
  • 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm: Discussion/Questions
  • 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm: Coffee Break

  • 3:15 pm - 3:30 pm: Lianghui Chen (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
  • Amphiphilic Core-Shell Nanocomposite Particles with Magnetic Cores for Enhanced Magnetic Resonance
  • 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm: Sean George (Queen's University, Canada)
  • Amphiphilic Block Copolymers as Emulsion Stabilizers: Effects of Molecular Weight Dispersity
  • 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm: Xia Wang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
  • Multifunctional Hybrid Nanogel System for Responsive Ultrasound Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • 3:55 pm - 4:15 pm: Brooke Longbottom (University of Warwick, UK)
  • Fabrication of colloidal matchstick swimmers

  • 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Outdoor activities: "A Day at The Lake: Swiming, Kayaking, Canoeing, Relaxing, and a Barbeque"

  • 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Poster session, Social hour (Huddelston Hall)

  • 10:00 pm+: Socializing (Scorpions Bar & Grill)

  • Sunday June 28th 2015

  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am: Breakfast (Huddleston Hall)

  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am: Business Meeting (Nominations for the next student/postdoc Vice Chairs; Discuss the future of the GRS; Fill out Evaluation Forms)

  • 9:00 am - 12:30 pm: SESSION #3
    Master Class Instructor: Prof. Donald Sundberg, University of New Hampshire, USA
    Lecture Title: "Semi-batch Emulsion Polymerization: Control of Reaction Rate, Copolymer Composition, and Composite Particle Morphology"

  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Master Class Lecture
  • 10:00 am - 10:20 am: Discussion/Questions
  • 10:20 am - 10:50 am: Coffee Break

  • 10:50 am - 11:05 am: Yao Yuan (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
  • The Preparation and Characterization of Novel Nonconjugated Polyer Based Photoluminescent Nanoparticles
  • 11:05 am - 11:20 am: Ana BelĂ©n Lopez (Polymat, University of the Basque Country, Spain)
  • Waterborne fluoropolymer dispersions for hydrophobic coatings
  • 11:20 am - 11:35 am: Dechao Niu (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
  • Magnetic-functionalized amphiphilic polymer-based nanocomposites for biomedical application

  • 11:20 am - 11:35 am: COFFEE BREAK
  • 11:45 am - 12:30 pm: Mini Master Class Lecture: Dr. Luke Rochford, University of Warwick, UK
    Lecture Title: "Organic semiconductors: properties, characterisation and devices"

  • 12:45 pm: Lunch with awards for the best poster and the best talk (Huddleston Hall)

  • 2:00 am - 3:30 pm: SESSION #4
    Master Class Instructor: Dr. Mark Winkle, Spring House PolyX, LLC, USA
    Lecture Title: "Practical Aspects of Commercial Latex Development"

  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Master Class Lecture
  • 3:00 pm - 3:20 pm: Discussion/Questions
  • 3:20 pm - 3:30 pm: Coffee Break

  • 6:30 PM: JOIN THE MAIN IPCG CONFERENCE WELCOME SESSION & DINNER (Huddleston Hall)

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