5th Annual ND-Purdue Soft Matter & Polymers Symposium and Poster Session

The 5th Annual Notre Dame-Purdue Symposium on Soft Matter & Polymers and Poster Session will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 in Notre Dame’s McCourtney Hall.  This one-day symposium addresses the general synthesis and characterization of synthetic soft materials and their broad application in biomedical fields.
This year’s invited speaker is Northwestern’s Professor Nathan Gianneschi, Jacob & Rosaline Cohn Professor in the Departments of Chemistry, Materials Science & Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering. Several other faculty researchers from Notre Dame, Purdue, and Illinois will give talks.


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.  Please forward this call for posters to your graduate students and postdocs who may be interested in presenting a related poster.  (Students or faculty will need to cover the cost of poster printing.)


Saturday, October 6, 2018 • McCourtney Hall Auditorium (Room B01) • University of Notre Dame 

8:15 am Check-in  
  Technical Session 1 • B01 Auditorium  
  Presenter Title of talk
9:10 am Subhash L. Shinde, Notre Dame
Center for Sustainable Energy (ND Energy)
“ND Energy overview”
9:20 am Alan Seabaugh, Notre Dame
Center for Nano Science & Technology (NDnano)

“NDnano introduction”

  Alan Seabaugh, Notre Dame
Electrical Engineering
“Polymer/semiconductor electric double layer devices for
computing and memory”
9:45 am

Jianguo Mei, Purdue

“Organic electrochromics”
10:10 am Coffee break  
10:30 am

Jennifer Schaefer, Notre Dame

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
“Rational design of polymeric barrier layers for metal-sulfur batteries”
10:55 am

Letian Dou, Purdue

Chemical Engineering
Molecular engineering of two-dimensional organic-inorganic
hybrid perovskites
11:20 am

Haifeng Gao, Notre Dame

Chemistry & Biochemistry
“Recent progress of new synthetic capacities in the Gao group:
From hyperbranched polymer to linear polymer”
11:45 am Group Photo and Lunch Break  
  Technical Session 1 • B01 Auditorium  
1:15 pm Nathan Gianneschi, Northwestern
Chemistry, Materials Science & Engineering,
and Biomedical Engineering
Making peptides into medicines: From enzyme-responsive
nanomaterials to protein-like polymers
1:55 pm

Shelby Hutchens, University of Illinois

Mechanical Science & Engineering
Cutting and the failure of hyperelastic polymer networks
2:20 pm

Donny Hanjaya-Putra, Notre Dame

Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Biomaterials to control vascular morphogenesis and thrombosis
2:45 pm

Chengde Mao, Purdue

“Programmed DNA self-assembly”
3:10 pm

Hsueh-Chia Chang, Notre Dame

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
“Ionic circuits based on nanoporous polymer membranes and
nanopores: A new generation of molecular diagnostics”
3:45 pm Poster Session  
5:45 pm Poster awards announced; adjourn  
  Download agenda  
Notre Dame Purdue
College of Science College of Science
College of Engineering Department of Chemistry
Notre Dame Research Davidson School of Chemical Engineering
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry J & K Scientific
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering  
Center for Sustainable Energy (ND Energy)    
Center for Nano Science & Technology (NDnano)  

Please address any questions regarding registration and posters to Heidi Deethardt (deethardt.1@nd.edu). 

Or, for more information on the topics and scope of this symposium, please contact event organizers: