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

Jean Duhamel, University of Waterloo, Canada; Julian Zhu, University of Montreal, Canada;  Takeshi Isoshima, RIKEN Institute, Japan; Nathalie Solladie, CNRS, France; Mario Gauthier University of Waterloo, Canada; Coleen Pugh, University of Akron, USA; Andrea Kasko, UCLA, USA; Patricia Guadarrama, UNAM, Mexico; Sergei Fomine, UNAM, Mexico;Rony Snyders, University of Mons, Belgium; Adrian Keller, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany; Manabu Inutsuka, Kyushu University, Japan; Mark Soucek, University of Akron, USA; Ernesto Rivera, UNAM, Mexico; Anirudha Singh, Johns Hopkins University, USA; Ricardo Vera, UNAM, Mexico; Javier Illescas, Instituto Tecnológico de Toluca, Mexico; Kazukiyo Nagai, Meiji University, Japan; Isamu Onu, University of Akron, USA; Andreas Lendlein, University of Postdam, Germany; Derek Schipper, University of Waterloo, Canada; Stephanie Vivod, University of Akron, USA; René Roy, Université de Québec à Montréal, Canada; Leonardo Simon, University of Waterloo, Canada; Jamil Baghdachi, Eastern Michigan University, USA.