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Our symposium at the World Polymer Congress MACRO2010


The Congress features 25 scientific simposia, including one of ours.

Andrei was a convener, and Marco and Manuela were volunteers helping in a smooth running the symposium.  In addition Marco and Andrei presented a poster “Block copolymer structures in nano-pores”.

The 43rd IUPAC World Polymer Congress, ‘Macro2010’, 11-16 July 2010, Glasgow, UK (read UCLan news about our symposium and the Congress):

Designing block copolymers: theory, experiment and applications


Andrei Zvelindovsky, UCLan, UK

Co-Convener: Xiaosong Wang, University of Leeds, UK

Co-Convener: Robert Magerle, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany


Masao Doi, Tokyo University, Japan

Alexander Boker, RWTH Aachen, Germany

Gerhard Goldbeck-Wood, Accelrys Ltd, UK

Raffaele Mezzenga, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Rachel Segalman, University of California, Berkeley, USA

G.J. Agur Sevink, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Larisa Tsarkova, Bayreuth University, Germany

Ting Xu, University of California, Berkeley, USA


Tuesday 13 July (morning and afternoon)

Wednesday 14 July (morning and afternoon)

Symposium Information

The symposium will focus on the following topic areas:

  • Chemistry and physics of block copolymer self-assembly
  • Block copolymer based hybrid nanocomposites
  • Control and tailoring of nano-structure
  • Nanostructure-induced functions
  • Design of advanced nano-materials of the future

Keynote Speakers

Macroscopic Arrays of Block Copolymers With Areal Densities of 10 Terabit/inch2 and Beyond
Thomas P. Russell, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Making Polymers Swim
Anthony J. Ryan, University of Sheffield, UK
(Winner of the 2010 Macro Group UK Medal)


Tom Russell (right) and Andrei during the symposium

Invited Speakers

Supramolecular  hierarchical self-assemblies based on polypeptide complexes
Olli Ikkala, Helsinki University of Technology/Aalto University, Finland

Coarse-Grained Dynamical Models for Self-Assembling Amphiphilic Molecules
Toshihiro Kawakatsu, Tohoku University, Japan

From Block Copolymers and Nanoparticles to Complex, Multifunctional Hybrid Materials
Ulrich Wiesner, Cornell University, USA


Coarse-Grained Models of Biological Membranes within the Single Chain Mean Field Theory
Vladimir Baulin, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain

Selective hydrophilization of nanoporous 1,2-Polybutadiene through UV induced grafting of acidic and ‘pegylated’ azides
Anton Berthold, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Rigid-Flexible Hinged Copolymers Designed for Crystallization Control
Josee Brisson, Université Laval, Canada

Nanostructures from living copolymers: some insights from coarse-grained simulations
Kostas Daoulas, Georg-August-University-Göttingen, Germany

Multiple Strategies Toward Block Copolymer Based Nanoporous Thin Films
Charles-Andre Fustin, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Ampholytic Polymer Based Janus Particles
André Gröschel, University of Bayreuth, Germany

Shake ‘N’ Bake Blocks: Spontaneous Gradient Copolymers with Block Copolymer Properties
Simon Harrisson, CSIRO Molecular and Health Technologies, Australia

3D structural observation of novel frustrated phase separation structures of block copolymers induced by the 3D confinement effect of nanoparticle
Takeshi Higuchi, Tohoku University, Japan

Supramolecular structure and interaction kinetics of fullerene derivative and block copolymer charge transfer complex
Xiao Hu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Plastic Processing without Heating
Sebnem Inceoglu, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

Incorporation of weak links into the backbone of water soluble polymers via redox polymerisation
Emilia Kot, Imperial College London, UK

A New Supramolecular Route for Using Rod-Coil Block Copolymers in Photovoltaic Applications
Raffaele Mezzenga, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Phase Separation in PMMA-PS Block Copolymers Tethered to Gold Surfaces
Benjamin O’Driscoll, University of Reading, UK

An all Conjugated Block Copolymer Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cell
Andrew Parnell, University of Sheffield, UK

Block copolymers for stabilization of colloidal suspensions: a new approach to an “old” problem
Igor Potemkin, Moscow State University, Russian Federation

Hierarchical Structures based on Self-Assembled Diblock Copolymers within Honeycomb Micro-Structured Porous Films
Maud Save, University of Pau, France

Holographic Gratings and Data Storage in Azobenzene-Containing Block Copolymers
Hans-Werner Schmidt, University of Bayreuth, Germany

Stochastic Quasi-Newton molecular simulations
Agur Sevink, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Hierarchical, two-dimensional superstructures of nanorods obtained through co-assembly with block copolymers in thin films
Roy Shenhar, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Functional Materials in Self-Assembled Block Copolymer “Playground”: New Approaches toward Organic Nonvolatile Memory and Optical Sensor
Takeo Suga, Waseda University, Japan

Blok Cpolymer Surfce Pattern Based Ultrahigh-Density Data Storage Using AFM Tip Hammering Nanolithography
You Wang, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Linear Di-, ABA Tri-, Multi- and Star-block Copolymers of Styrene and Vinyl Pyridine: Synthesis by RAFT Polymerisation and Self-assembly in Solution and in the Bulk
Mirela Elena Zamfir, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Poster Presenters

Selective swelling induced mesoporous structures in block copolymers
Yong Wang, Nanjing University of Technology, China

Microphase Separated Brush on Square Platelets in PS-b-PEO Thin Film
Yanchun Han, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, China

Computational Studies on Understanding the Mechanism of Microphase Separation in Silicone-Urea Segmented Copolymers
Mine Yurtsever, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

Design and synthesis of block copolymer supramolecular hybrid colloids for material applications
Xiaosong Wang, Leeds University, United Kingdom

Block copolymer structures in nano-pores
Marco Pinna, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom

Core-shell nanoaggregates from linear and star-shaped ethylene oxide-propylene oxide block copolymers in aqueous solutions and solubilization of  arenes and hydrophobic drugs
Pratap Bahadur, VNSG University, India

Phenylboronic acid as a sugar- and pH-responsive trigger to tune the multiple micellization of thermo-responsive block coploymer
Jin Qiao, Zhejiang University, China

Thermoplastic Elastomers with Saturated Soft Segments
Yixian Wu, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China

Hybrid block copolymer precursors carrying reactive triethoxy silyl side groups : Synthesis, micellar behaviour and hydrolysis-condensation
Emmanuel Beyou, Université Lyon1, France

Spatio-temporal correlations in a minimal model for block copolymer microdomain ordering
Christian Riesch, Institut für Physik, TU Chemnitz, Germany

UCST controlled block copolymer self-assembly
Aydin Can, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Temperature-responsive nanospheres with bicontinuous internal structures from semi-crystalline amphiphilic diblock copolymers
Simon J. Holder, University of Kent, United Kingdom

Self-assembly in aqueous solution of amphiphilic diblock copolymers : from frozen aggregates to dynamic micelles
Elise Lejeune, Université du Maine, France

Thermoresponsive self-assembly of rod-coil copolymers based on poly[oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate] and poly(?-caprolactone)
Mario Luzón, Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros, Spain

High Molecular Weight Linear Block Copolymers of Poly(L-lactide) and Poly(2-Dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate): Synthesis and Nanopatterning
Maksym Kryuchkov, University of Montreal, Canada

Tunable Photonic Crystals made from Shear Ordered Diblock Copolymers
Andrew J Parnell, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Poly(trialkylsilyl (meth)acrylate) diblock copolymers : Self-assembly of hydrolytically labile polymers
Nadia Canilho, Universite du sud Toulon – Var, France

Designing controlled (meth)acrylic-based diblock copolymers/ZnO nanoparticles via the RAFT polymerization
Christine Bressy, Université du Sud Toulon-Var, France

Study on antiblocking masterbatches for LDPE plant
Shengxian Cao, Daqing petrochemical research center, China

Well-Defined Semifluorinated Brush-Like Amphiphilic Block Copolymers: Synthesis, Self-Assembly, and Anti-biofouling Applications
Hazrat Hussain, Institute of Materials Researcha and Engineering, Singapore

A Novel Janus Particle Topology From a New Versatile Block Terpolymer
Andrea Wolf, University of Bayreuth, Germany

Stimuli-Responsive Multicompartment Micelles
Eva Betthausen, University of Bayreuth, Germany

Controlled release of volatile molecules from block copolymer micelles in ethanol-water mixtures
Damien Berthier, Firmenich SA, Switzerland

Polymeric Optical Fibers Produced with Different Acrylates via Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization Reactions
Selin Celebi, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Tailored surface properties of semifluorinated block copolymers by electrospinning
Sami Hietala, Univeristy of Helsinki, Finland

Dissipative Particle Dynamics Study of Linear Diblock and Heteroarm Star Copolymers
Michael Matthias Nardai, University of Vienna, Austria

Introduction of metal nanoparticles into polymer particles with phase separation structures
Kazutaka Koike, Tohoku University, Japan

Nanostructured Langmuir-Blodgett Films:  From Nanodots to Nanostrand Network Patterns
Iryna Perepichka, University of Montreal, Canada

Alternating Diene Metathesis Polycondensation (ALTMET) – Opitimizing Catalyst Loading
Mudassar Abbas, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Study on the Lamellae-Fddd Transition of Block Copolymer
Kuniaki Matsuda, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Controled arrangement of ferritin molecules on a self-assembled nano pattern of diblock copolymer
Go Sakaguchi, Kyoto University, Japan

Synthesis of Novel Polysulfone-Polydimethylsiloxane Block Copolymers
Mehmet Arif Kaya, Yildiz Technical University, Turkey

Phase diagram of diblock copolymer melt obtained by dissipative particle dynamics simulation
Elena Patyukova, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation

Block copolymers from renewable macrolactones by combination of enzymatic polymerization and ATRP
Zeliha Ates, Dublin City University, Ireland

Synthesis and characterization of amphiphilic elastomeric segmented polyurethanes based on polycaprolactone diol and poly(propylene glycol)-block-poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(propylene glycol)
Jonathan Bergamaschi, State University of Campinas, Brazil

Crystalline conformation of poly(ethylene/trimethylene terephthalate) copolyester
Tien-Wei Shyr, Feng Chia University, Taiwan

Theoretical Studies on Phase Behaviors of Diblock Copolymers in Selective Solvents
Dadong Yan, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Single Chain Mean Field Technique for Simulation of Complex Molecular Systems
Sergey Pogodin, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain

Formation of Hierarchy Structure in Liquid Crystalline Block Copolymers
Tomoo Shiomi, Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan

Poly(Ethylene Oxide) Crystal Orientation Change under 1D Nanoscale Confinement using Polystyrene-block- Poly(Ethylene Oxide) Copolymers: Confined Dimension and Reduced Tethering Density Effects
Ming-Siao Hsiao, The University of Akron, United States

ABC triblock copolymer thin films doped with lithium salts
Seung Hyun Kim, Inha University, Republic of Korea

Curing and postcuring og UDMA/BisGMA copolymers
Nicoleta Sulca, University Politechnica of Bucharest, Romania

Pattern formation of binary fluids and copolymers in quenching with variable temperature
Giuseppe Gonnella, University of Bari, Italy

Molecular Weight Distribution of Multiblock Polymers Prepared via RAFT Polymerization
Bastian Ebeling, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Tuning the mechanical properties of side chain cystallizable block copolymers
Dominique Freckmann, Tyco Electronics, United States

Block Copolymer Synthesis in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide- A Route to Nanostructured Spherical Microparticles
James Jennings, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Double or triple hydrophilic block copolymer based on uncharged, strong polyelectrolyte and stimuli-responsive sequences
Céline Baguenard, CNRS, France

Epoxy Resin Modified with Polyetherimide-Siloxane Block Copolymers
Wenjun Gan, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, China

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