Polymer research is one of the most attractive areas in materials science because of the versatility and wide range of applications of these materials. Initially, most investigations focused on the synthesis and the characterization of novel polymeric materials. Nowadays however, many scientist work on the development of new polymerization techniques, polymer modification, controlled architectures such as dendritic and hyperbranched macromolecules, and polymers for specific applications. The investigation of polymers is so broad that it includes not only the preparation and modification of classical plastics, very useful in our daily life, but also the development of biopolymers, electroactive and photoactive polymers, composites, and photovoltaic materials, among others. Polymer science and technology is evolving to the extent that it touches upon different fields.

In this symposium, we are interested in all aspects of polymer science including synthesis and characterization, theoretical studies, applications, design, novel hybrid polymeric materials, and nanocomposites that are in fashion.

Symposium Topics

  • Macromolecular science (synthesis, characterization, polymerization mechanisms and kinetics, chemical modification)
  • Smart and functional polymers (stimuli-responsive polymers)
  • Supramolecular polymers and self-assembled materials
  • Polymer engineering and technology (processing, composite materials and coatings)
  • Biopolymers, bio-related polymeric materials and sustainable polymers
  • Polymers for medical applications and drug delivery
  • Simulation methods in polymer chemistry and physics
  • Liquid crystalline polymers
  • Polymer composites (polymer-clay composites, nanocomposites, graphene-like polymers)
  • Dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers

Invited Speakers

Anne Marie Caminade, CNRS, France; George Newkome, University of Akron, USA; Jean Duhamel, University of Waterloo, Canada; Julian Zhu, University of Montreal, Canada; Elizabeth Gillies, University of Western Ontario, Canada; Octavio Manero, Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México, México; Damaso Navarro, CIQA, México; Devens Gust, University of Arizona, USA; John Pojman, Louisiana State University, USA; Takeshi Isoshima, RIKEN Institute, Japan; Kathleen Moineau, Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination CNRS, France; Nathalie Solladie, CNRS, France; Dmitrii F. Perepichka, McGill University, Canada; Christopher Barrett, McGill University, Canada; Alessandro Gandini, University of Grenoble, France; Daniel Grande, Institut de Chimie et des Matériaux Paris-Est, France; Pierfranco Demontis, Università degli Studi di Sassari, Italy