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Functional Polymers

19 – 21 March 2018, San Sebastian, Spain

19 Mar 2018 09:00
21 Mar 2018 14:00
Donostia International Physics Center, San Sebastian, Spain

The workshop aims on advanced polymer materials bringing together physicists and chemists who are interested in novel polymer nano-composites, polymers functionalized with supramolecular groups and functional soft nano-objects. (i) Single chain nano-particles (SCNPs) display a molecular architecture containing multiple locally compact, but accessible, sites/cavities/zones so-called “local pockets” offering the possibility to anchor, either temporally or permanently, active species like e.g. catalysts or drugs. This offers huge possibilities for developing applications in nanomedicine, biosensing, bioimaging, catalysis and many other uses. (ii) One component nano-composites (OCNC) overcome the dispersion challenge and are expected to display structure related ‘emergent’ properties that make them unique within the general field of nano composites (NC). OCNC have been proposed for energy storage in supercapacitors; for precise manufacturing of tunable hypersonic photonic crystals, as particle-brush building blocks for self-healing materials and biomedical polypeptide-based hybrids for drug carriers or building blocks for tissue engineering. (iii) Polymers functionalized with reversible linkers form an emerging class of polymers that offer superior properties compared to their non-associating counterparts. Supramolecular linkers introduce additional functionality such as self-healing, responsiveness, directed self-assembly or self-organization. A combination of OCNC or SCNP with such supramolecular moieties may open routes to novel advanced materials featuring the advantages of supramolecular systems and the properties of the novel nanocomposites. Designing such materials is a highly inter-disciplinary process and requires synergies of physics and chemistry as well as of microscopic and macroscopic investigations.



1.                 Single Chain Nanoparticles (SCNPs)

2.                 One component nano composites (OCNP)

3.                 Supra molecular Polymers (SMP)


Invited speakers will include:

 A. Alexander-Katz (MIT)

G. Lemcoff (U. Ben Gurion)

M. R. Bockstaller (U Carnegie Mellon)

A. C. Balazs (U. Pittsburg)

S. K. Kumar (U Columbia, NY)

D. Vlassopoulos (FORTH Crete)

M. Rubinstein (U. North Carolina)

Z. Wang (U. Reading)

M. Anthamatten (U. Rochester)

R. Sijbesma (UoT Eindhoven)

W. Binder (U. Halle)

The JCNS/DIPC (Donostia International Physics Center) workshops take place sporadically in different locations; in 2018, this three-day workshop on Functional Polymers will take place at the Donostia International Physics Center itself, in San Sebastian.

More information on the DIPC


Prof. Dr. Dieter Richter
Phone: +49 2461 61-2499
Fax: +49 2461 61-2610