2nd Annual Notre Dame Soft Polymer Materials Symposium & Poster Session

The 2nd Annual Notre Dame Soft Polymer Materials Symposium and Poster Session will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Jordan Hall.  This one-day symposium addresses the general synthesis and characterization of synthetic soft materials and their broad application in biomedical fields.

In addition, the symposium will include a Science Forum and Tour targeting the participation of local high school and college students/teachers.


Please register your Symposium attendance and posters here by October 14.


Contact Heidi Deethardt at or 574-631-0279.

Agenda (subject to change)

Polymer Soft Materials 
8:40 - 10:40 am • Room 322 Jordan Hall
Time         Presenter Title of Talk
8:40 am Prof. Haifeng Gao
Chemistry & Biochemistry
One-pot synthesis of highly branched polymers with well-defined nanostructures
9:00 am Prof. Hsueh-Chia Chang
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering  
Electrospray synthesis of nanofibers and nanoparticles
9:20 am Prof. Jonathan Whitmer
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Soft materials design through free energy mapping
9:40 am Prof. Ruilan Guo
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Towards rational design of membrane materials for gas separations
10:00 am Prof. William Phillip
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
High throughput fabrication of membranes with nanoscale chemical features
10:20 am Prof. Tengfei Luo
Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering
Thermal transport across solid-polymer interfaces
10:40 am    Break  
10:50 am - 12:30 pm • Room 322 Jordan Hall
  Presenter Title of Talk
10:50 am Mr. Ray Boucher
Dow AgroScience
Delivering convenience in a complex world:
The challenge and opportunity for novel formulation in pesticide delivery
11:10 am Prof. Scott Howard
Electrical Engineering
Molecular imaging of the tissue micro-environment by multiphoton microscopy
11:30 am Dr. Prakash Nallathamby
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Targeted nanoparticles for cancer detection and therapeutics
11:50 am Dr. Doug Rice
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Current state of image guided surgery
12:10 pm Prof. W. Matthew Leevy
Biological Sciences
Innovation at the interface of 3D printing and biomedical imaging
  Graduate Student & Postdoc
Poster Session    
1:45 - 3:45 pm • Jordan Galleria (first floor)
  Dr. Shuangjiang Luo
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Iptycene-based polyimides with controlled molecular cavity architecture for membrane gas separation
  Dr. Peng Gao
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Template synthesis of nanomaterials by ink-jet printing
  Siyi Qu
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Chemically-tailored fabrication of mixed mosaic membrane with printer
  Feng Gao
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Inkjet printing of layer-by-layer assembled charge mosaic membranes
  Yizhou Zhang
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Composite self-assembled block polymer hollow fiber nanofiltration membranes
  Xiaosong Cao
Chemistry & Biochemistry
One-pot synthesis of hyperbranched polymers with over a million molecular weight and low polydispersity 
  Dr. Yi Shi
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Chain-growth click polymerization of AB2 monomers for the formation of hyperbranched
polymers with low polydispersities in a one-pot process
  Xiaofeng Wang
Chemistry & Biochemistry
One-pot synthesis of hyperstar polymers via sequential ATRP of inimers and functional monomers in aqueous dispersed media 
  Robert Graff
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Regulating the synthesis of nanostructured polymers by atom transfer radical polymerization in microemulsion
  Dr. Tao Jiang
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Hydrogen-bond enhanced thermal transport across hard-soft materials
  Teng Zhang
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Non-aqueous hydrogen bonds enable ultra-efficient thermal transport 
  Jennifer Wiegand
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Physical aging study on triptycene-based polyimides for gas separation membranes
  Joseph Aboki
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Triptycene-based sulfonated poly(arylene ether sulfone) multiblock copolymers for proton exchange membranes
  Jacob Weidman
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
pH-dependent hysteretic pore size of nanoporous block polymer membranes lined by polyacrylic acid brushes
  Gregory Kline
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Studies on crosslinking heterogeneity in CO2-selective separation membranes
  Ashish Kushwaha
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Organo-soluble polybenzoxazoles (PBOs) for high performance gas separation membranes: a novel synthesis route and transport properties
  Felicia Roland
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Dye-doped nanoparticles for tumor imaging and photothermal therapy
  Mark Summe
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
pH-Induced hysteric swelling of charge mosaic membranes prepared using layer-by-layer assembly
  Steven Marczak
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Nanoparticle separations by hybrid gel-membrane electrophoresis for MiRNA profiling
  Dr. Ben Sikora
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Exploration of the coil-globule transition in weak polyelectrolytes 

Event sponsors

College of Science
College of Engineering
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Dept. of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics (AD&T)
Center for Nano Science & Technology (NDnano)