Notre Dame-Purdue Symposium on Soft Matter & Polymers and Poster Session

The Notre Dame-Purdue Symposium on Soft Matter & Polymers and Poster Session will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Eck Visitors Center at Notre Dame. 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.


9:00 am Check-in, Eck Foyer  
  Technical Session 1
Eck Auditorium
  Presenter Title of Talk
9:30 am Merlin Bruening, Notre Dame
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Chemistry & Biochemistry
"Functionalizing membranes through formation of polyelectrolyte multilayers and polymer brushes"
10:00 am Bryan Boudouris, Purdue
Chemical Engineering
"Manipulating the solid-state charge transport of radical polymer glasses"
10:30 am Coffee Break, Eck Foyer  
11:00 am Matthew J. Webber, Notre Dame
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
"Therapeutic materials through supramolecular design"
11:30 am Alexander Wei, Purdue
"New additive manufacturing processes for polymer substrates"
12:00 pm Lunch break, Eck Foyer  
  Technical Session 2
Eck Auditorium
  Presenter Title of Talk
12:45 pm Vivek Sharma, Univ. of Illinois Chicago "Pinch-off dynamics, dripping-onto-substrate rheometry and printability of complex fluids"
1:15 pm Jennifer L. Schaefer, Notre Dame
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
"Solvent-free single-ion conducting polymer electrolytes"
1:45 pm Grigori Medvedev, Purdue
Chemical Engineering
"Recent advances in understanding the glassy state"
2:15 pm Break, Eck Foyer  
2:30 pm Haifeng Gao, Notre Dame
Chemistry & Biochemistry
"Robust synthesis of dendritic polymers with well-defined nanostructures"
3:00 pm David H. Thompson, Purdue
"Development of self-assembling cyclodextrin polymers for biological applications"
3:30 - 5:30 pm Poster Session and Science Forum Eck Foyer


Symposium registration is now closed.


In addition to the talks, graduate students and post doctoral fellows are invited to showcase their research results in an afternoon poster session, where prizes will be awarded for the best posters. (Students or faculty will need to cover the cost of poster printing.)


The Symposium is co-sponsored by the Notre Dame College of Science, College of Engineering, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, and Center for Nano Science & Technology (NDnano); Purdue College of Science and Birck Nanotechnology Center; J & K Scientific, and Furcifer, Inc.


Please address any questions regarding registration and posters to Heidi Deethardt ​(​

Or, contact event organizers Haifeng Gao ( or Jianguo Mei ( for more information on the topics and scope of this symposium.