Workshops & Symposia

Notre Dame-Purdue Symposium on Soft Matter & Polymers

2018 Notre Dame-Purdue symposium students

The 5th annual Notre Dame-Purdue Symposium on Soft Matter & Polymers was held October 6 at McCourtney Hall. This one-day symposium, co-organized by Matt Webber (Notre Dame), Haifeng Gao (Notre Dame), and Jianguo Mei (Purdue), addresses the general synthesis and characterization of synthetic soft materials and their broad application in biomedical fields. The day included faculty talks and a poster session, along with meals and networking opportunities. The invited speaker was Northwestern’s Nathan Gianneschi, Jacob & Rosaline Cohn Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science & Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering.

The symposium began in 2014 at Notre Dame, and has evolved into an annual event between ND and Purdue, with invited speakers and guests from host institutions as well as some neighboring institutions. 

The event was created by Professor Haifeng Gao to showcase the strong research cluster being built at Notre Dame in the area of soft materials and to foster collaboration with regional peers. Notre Dame sponsors included the Colleges of Science and Engineering, Notre Dame Research, ND Energy, NDnano, and the Departments of Chemistry/Biochemistry and Chemical/Biomolecular Engineering.

Winners of the “Best poster” awards are pictured below with the event organizers*.

2018 Notre Dame-Purdue Best Poster Awards

Left to right:  Wei Zhao (Indiana University), Professor Haifeng Gao* (Notre Dame), Professor Jianguo Mei* (Purdue), Longfei Liu (Purdue), Hunter Ford (Notre Dame), Professor Matt Webber* (Notre Dame), Lei Zou (Notre Dame), Loan Bui (Notre Dame), Feng Gao (Notre Dame), Jaeyub Chung (Purdue), and Saadia Chaudhry (Purdue)

2018 event program, including speakers bios.




NDIIF 2018 posterCo-sponsor of the Midwest Imaging & Microanalysis Workshop - May 2018

AD&T 2018 posterCo-sponsor of the 6th Annual Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics Symposium "Nano Research for the Biosciences" - March 2018