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Joint DIPC, JCNS & SoftComp Workshop 2018:

Functional Polymers

19 - 21 March 2018, San Sebastian, Spain



Following on in the tradition of events jointly organized by the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC, San Sebastian, Spain), the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany) and the European Network of Excellence SoftComp, a workshop on "Functional Polymers" is being organized to take place in spring 2018 in San Sebastian, Spain.

The workshop focuses on advanced polymer materials bringing together physicists and chemists who are interested in novel polymer nanocomposites, polymers functionalized with supramolecular groups and functional soft nano-objects:

(i) Single chain nanoparticles (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 nanocomposites (OCNC) overcome the dispersion challenge and are expected to display structure-related ‘emergent’ properties that make them unique within the general field of nanocomposites (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) Supramolecular polymers 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 interdisciplinary process and requires synergies of physics and chemistry as well as of microscopic and macroscopic investigations.

In this context, oral as well as poster presentations are welcome.

Additional Information

For questions please contact:




Workshop Chairpersons
Juan Colmenero
Tel.: +34-943-018791


(Materials Physics Center (CSIC-UPV/EHU),
San Sebastian, Spain)

Dieter Richter
Tel.: +49-2461 61-2499


(Jülich Centre for Neutron Science,
Forschungszentrum Jülich,

Local Organizing Committee

Josexto Pomposo

Angel Moreno

Arantxa Arbe

(Materials Physics Center (CSIC-UPV/EHU),
San Sebastian, Spain)

Donostia International Physics Center

JCNS - Jülich Centre for Neutron Science