Macromolecular Materials

he Macromolecular Materials Gordon Research Conference (formerly "Polymers West") has a long-standing tradition as a GRC that features a breadth of the most exciting and state-of-the-art aspects of macromolecules. The 2013 meeting will extend this tradition with an interdisciplinary program connecting synthetic, physical, chemical and biological aspects of macromolecules in thematic programming. Meeting topics will include an exploration of hierarchical structures with macromolecular building blocks, new synthetic techniques that enable the exploration of new applications, electronically active polymers for integration into novel emissive and energy conversion devices, macromolecules that define the polymer/biology interface, the interplay between chemistry and mechanics in soft materials, and the rich and unusual behavior of macromolecules when present as thin films. It is essential that this GRC provides participants and attendees with a forum from which new collaborations and new ideas emerge, and as such the meeting format ensures that speakers deliver in-depth talks that include emerging and unpublished data. As a trademark of a successful GRC, ample discussion time will be provided following each talk, and the afternoons of each meeting day will be unscheduled, leaving time for excursions and informal discussions among participants.

Macromolecular Materials will host a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on the weekend prior to the GRC. The GRS provides a GRC-like meeting experience, consisting solely of younger researchers (graduate students and postdocs) who organize the meeting, and present talks and posters on their research, in a GRC-style. The topics of the 2-day GRS will also be centered on macromolecules, and attendees are encouraged to stay for ensuing Macromolecular Materials GRC.
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Assembly of Higher Order Structures
(Michael Mackay / Jennifer Lewis / Gregory Grason)
Polymer Nanostructures: Characterization and Application
(Bradley Olsen / Thomas Epps / Moon Jeong Park / Hiroshi Jinnai)
Functional Materials for Biology
(April Kloxin / Karen Wooley / Phillip Messersmith)
Biopolymer Mechanics
(Guillaume Miquelard-Garnier / Olivia du Roure / Omar Saleh / Anand Jagota)
Physics of Polymer Films and Interfaces
(Andrew Croll / Marc Ediger / John Dutcher)
Designing Polymers for Delivery and Repair
(Stephen Craig / Todd Emrick / Arthi Jayaraman)
Polymer Mechanics: Thin Films and Networks
(Pedro Reis / Zhigang Suo)
Polymers for Electronics and Packaging
(Alex Briseno / John Reynolds / Christine Luscombe / Shaun Ahn)
Soft Material Dynamics
(Kendra Erk / Anke Lindner / Eric Dufresne)

6 Jan - 11 Jan 2013
United States of America
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